Canada should remain in the arms business, but tighten the rules: New MLI Commentary

OTTAWA, ON (May 14, 2021):  Recent calls to limit Canada’s defence exports ignore important realities, including the major contribution our domestic arms industry makes to our defence and national security, to innovation and to jobs and the economy. In 2018, the Canadian defence industry contributed over $7 billion in GDP and generated almost 64,000 jobs… Continue reading Canada should remain in the arms business, but tighten the rules: New MLI Commentary

The lessons Canada’s military didn’t learn from the Somalia inquiry: Richard Shimooka in the National Post

The sexual misconduct crisis now facing the Forces points to broader systemic issues the Somalia inquiry tried, and failed, to address, writes Richard Shimooka in the National Post. Below is an excerpt from the article, which can be read in full here. By Richard Shimooka, May 13, 2021 Exactly 25 years ago, the Canadian Armed… Continue reading The lessons Canada’s military didn’t learn from the Somalia inquiry: Richard Shimooka in the National Post

Should Canada leave NATO? No – Christian Leuprecht and Joel J. Sokolsky in the Star

Depriving Canada of NATO would jettison its standing as a trusted ally and partner just when Canada needs alliances to deter aggression by revisionist Russia and hegemonic China, write Christian Leuprecht and Joel J. Sokolsky in the Star.  This article is part of the Star’s ‘the Saturday Debate’ series. By Christian Leuprecht and Joel J.… Continue reading Should Canada leave NATO? No – Christian Leuprecht and Joel J. Sokolsky in the Star

Vladimir Putin is playing a high-stakes guessing game with Ukraine: Aurel Braun in the Globe and Mail

The West has many tools to signal to Putin that any new major military action would carry risks that far outweigh the benefits. Additional sanctions, blocking the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, providing Ukraine with substantive additional defensive military weapons and maintaining NATO cohesion on the issue would have considerable effect, writes Aurel Braun in the… Continue reading Vladimir Putin is playing a high-stakes guessing game with Ukraine: Aurel Braun in the Globe and Mail

Four years on, the Latvia mission is Canada’s quiet success: Alexandra Richards, Christian Leuprecht, Alexander Moens and Alexander Lanoszka for Inside Policy

A more informed understanding by the public is necessary to ensure our domestic bipartisan political consensus underpins the Latvia mission, write Alexandra Richards, Christian Leuprecht, Alexander Moens and Alexander Lanoszka. This article is abstracted from the recent edited volume, titled Lessons Learned from the Enhanced Forward Presence, 2017-2020, published by the NATO Defence College. By… Continue reading Four years on, the Latvia mission is Canada’s quiet success: Alexandra Richards, Christian Leuprecht, Alexander Moens and Alexander Lanoszka for Inside Policy

Military efforts at home are increasingly the norm. A Joint Task Force Canada is the next logical step: Christian Leuprecht in the Globe and Mail

Evidently, domestic operations are no longer a part-time sideshow, yet the CAF still responds to emergencies with pick-up teams, writes Christian Leuprecht in the Globe and Mail.  By Christian Leuprecht, January 11, 2021 Two years ago, few could have imagined that the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) would end up managing a global supply chain for… Continue reading Military efforts at home are increasingly the norm. A Joint Task Force Canada is the next logical step: Christian Leuprecht in the Globe and Mail

The Decline of Canada’s Defence Aviation industry: Richard Shimooka in the Hill Times

If the government is serious in its desire to sustain the aerospace, and defence aerospace industry, it must do so through a well-reasoned and resourced strategy, writes Richard Shimooka.  By Richard Shimooka, January 5, 2021 Of all sectors, Aerospace has been among the hardest hit in the global economy to date. This not only includes… Continue reading The Decline of Canada’s Defence Aviation industry: Richard Shimooka in the Hill Times

The Moral Hazard in using Canadian Armed Forces as Provincial First Responders: New MLI Commentary by Christian Leuprecht

Ottawa, ON (December 8, 2020): For some provincial governments, the pandemic has effectively transformed the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) into provincial emergency first responders. Yet this new responsibility will likely only further burden the Canadian military in the future. In a new MLI commentary titled “The Moral Hazard in using Canadian Armed Forces as Provincial… Continue reading The Moral Hazard in using Canadian Armed Forces as Provincial First Responders: New MLI Commentary by Christian Leuprecht

Shifting Focus But Not Purpose: The Canadian Military’s Role in the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout – Carter Vance and Adam P. MacDonald for Inside Policy

The Canadian Armed Forces are not going to come to our collective rescue, but intelligent deployment of the military could ease the burden on other parts of government, write Carter Vance and Adam MacDonald. By Carter Vance and Adam P. MacDonald , November 28, 2020 Canadians in general have held an expectation that their military… Continue reading Shifting Focus But Not Purpose: The Canadian Military’s Role in the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout – Carter Vance and Adam P. MacDonald for Inside Policy

Riga Conference 2020

The Rīga Conference is an annual meeting of regional and international experts in foreign policy and defence, academics, journalists, and business representatives, promoting the discussion and assessment of issues affecting the transatlantic community. Convening in the Latvian capital since 2006, the conference has become a recognized annual tradition in the region. Once again, MLI is… Continue reading Riga Conference 2020