New Security Environment


Close encounters with Iran show need for rules of behavior: U.S. Navy 1

In recent months there have been several close encounters between the US Navy and Iranian Navy vessels in the Gulf. These tense encounters point to the need for Iran and the United States to agree to rules of behaviour to avoid miscalculations and escalations. An agreement could be similar to the Incidents at Sea Agreement signed […]

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Understanding Russia’s Proxy War in Eastern Ukraine*

*Moderator’s Note: This excerpt is part of a longer article published by the Centre for Security Governance on their website Security Sector Reform – Resource Centre. It is reprinted here in part with the permission of the author. You can read the full article here or via a link on […]

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Statement on Omar Khadr

Omar Khadr is free at last on bail. The treatment of Omar Khadr as a terrorist and not as a child soldier was wrong. Despite the efforts of many concerned Canadians, human rights advocates and child protection experts, Omar continued to languish in prison cell after prison cell. Yesterday, the […]

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Facing up to Terror and Aggression: Hugh Segal addresses the International Churchill Society Canada

The International Churchill Society (ICS) serves to make history relevant around the world. Persons with similar beliefs and guiding principles around democracy, honesty and freedom of the individual in society come together. They recall moments of contemporary history when individual freedom and national values were threatened. Building on a foundation […]

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The Universal Ceremonial Soldier*

[*Moderator’s Note: This post was written early on 11 November as Remembrance Day events were commencing.] The duties performed by ceremonial guards tie the history of the nation to its modern day society. Rarely do such roles include the use of live ammunition. Ceremonial guards provide us with a reminder […]

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Terrorism in Canada: The end of complacency and the advent of reality

Being engaged in maritime security journalism, I have heard military and law enforcement professionals complain that Canadians are ‘too complacent’ about terrorist threats. Images of the Nation’s Capital under lockdown and gun shots shattering the halls of Parliament must lead to Canadians accepting that terrorism can happen in Canada. I […]

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Internet: the soft underbelly of cyber security*

Moderator’s Note: This article was originally published in the Halifax Chronicle Herald.  It is reprinted here with the permission of the author. The Internet is critical to Canadian commerce and to federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments. The federal government alone offers more than 130 commonly used services online, including […]

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