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HMCS Charlottetown and the Battle of Misrata*

* Moderator’s Note: This article was originally published in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald on 03 September 2011. It is reprinted here with the permission of the author. Canada’s navy may be small in comparison with other nations’ maritime forces, but the work of HMCS Charlottetown off the coast of Libya is […]

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Defence Budget 2012

The Federal Budget will be tabled in just a few hours and, by most accounts, a major part of the expected cuts will be borne by the Department of Defence. The end of combat operations in Afghanistan seems like as good a reason as any to reduce defence spending from […]

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What exactly do we mean by Canadian arctic sovereignty and is it at risk?

There appear to be few internationally contentious issues that Canada faces regarding its claims of sovereignty over its arctic landmasses, including its archipelago, aside from a minor challenge concerning Hans Island. The situation in the Arctic Ocean and its adjoining waters is less clear. While several minor maritime boundary challenges […]

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EUNAVFOR versus Somali piracy – A war worth winning?*

*Moderator’s Note:  This article was posted on Defence iQ on 30 March.  The first paragraph is reproduced here, along with a link the remainder of the article, with the permission of the editor. Policy is the player The EU’s response (Operation ATALANTA) to Somali Piracy under the Common Security and […]

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Killing Pirates: The Dilemma of Counter-Piracy by Sam Bateman*

*This article by Sam Bateman was released on 26 January as Report No. 6/2011 by the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore.  Mr. Bateman is a Senior Fellow in the Maritime Security Programme at RSIS, Nanyang Technological University. He is a former Australian naval commodore with research interests […]

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“Importance of the Korea’s Northern Limit Line” by Rodger Baker*

* Moderator’s Note: This article was originally published by Strategic Forecasts on 24 November 2010.  It is reprinted here with the permission of STRATFOR (http://www.stratfor.com/).  A free video clip of the interview Mr. Baker, with illustrative maps and other visual aides, is available here.  My thanks to CFPS Research Fellow […]

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“China’s Cheonan Problem” by Bonnie Glase and Brad Glosserman*

*Moderator’s Note: This article was originally published as PacNet Report #31 on Friday, 18 June 2010.  My thanks to CFPS Research Fellow Dr. Stan Weeks for bringing it to my attention.  The article is reprinted with the permission of the authors. “China’s Cheonan Problem” Bonnie Glaser [bglaser6@comcast.net] is a senior […]

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The key to flexibility is in building logistical capacity

 While I agree with Brian Wentzell that our nation needs flexible forces, and that the public should insist that the government provide for them, I cannot agree with his characterization of Canadian army and air force operations in Central Europe during the Cold War as expeditionary.  If the origins of […]

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Can current resources accommodate both Afghanistan operations and a “Canada First” Defence Policy?

My initial reaction to the question raised by Eugene Lang, former chief of staff to Liberal Defence Ministers John McCallum and Bill Graham, who raised a question in their article in The Globe and Mail, entitled “Canada’s Military is Broke … Again,” about whether Canada has one to many defence […]

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