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The CDA Institute is pleased to post relevant news, articles, and commentaries on security and defence related issues from the past week. Also look for additional material in our Security & Defence Briefings.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The CDA Institute is pleased to announce a Roundtable with LGen Mike Day (Ret’d) on 25 May 2016 at 1030 to 1300 hrs. Join us for an event discussing “Defence Policy Review Considerations: Thoughts on Future Conflict and its impact on DND/​CAF.” 

CDA INSTITUTE BLOG: THE FORUM

Afghanistan’s Future: Murkier and Melancholic: CDA Institute Security & Defence Blogger Adnan Qaiser, a political and defence analyst with a distinguished career in the armed forces and international diplomacy, examines the future of Afghanistan after the stalled Afghan talks.

Defence Policy Review: Broad Overhaul or Strategic Investment?: CDA Institute Analysts Geoff Tasker and Oksana Drozdova explore what was discussed at the Defence Policy Review (DPR) Roundtable in Vancouver and its relation to the larger debate on Canadian defence policy.

MEDIA ROUNDUP

University status to be restored at RMC Saint-Jean (CTV News): Canada’s Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan announced his intention of returning Royal Military College Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu to full university status. The college’s university status was originally revoked in 1995 under the Chretien Liberals.

Over 200 officer cadets graduate from the RMC (The Whig-Standard): Chief of Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance and other high ranking officers attended the annual Royal Military College Graduation and Commissioning Parade.

Canadian solider missing from WWII identified in Belgium (Globe and Mail): The remains of Kenneth Donald Duncanson, a private in the Canadian army who was reported missing in action in 1944, have been uncovered and given a proper burial.

Sweden takes steps to restrict arms exports (Globe and Mail): Legislators are preparing a new set of laws which aim to restrict the sale of weapons to non-democratic governments.

Defence Minister says CAF should focus on technology going forward (The Star): Speaking before the second of six public consultations on defence review, minister Harjit Sajjan stressed that any new procurement strategy should focus on investments in new technology, including drones.

Canada, U.K. want issue of hostage ransoms on G7 agenda (CBC News): Prime Minister Trudeau will raise the issue of random payments when world leaders meet next week. Trudeau claims paying into such demands only helps finance terrorist groups and puts traveling Canadians at greater risk.

Disabled veterans facing difficulties finding jobs in civil service (Globe and Mail): Despite past government legislation giving disabled veterans “priority standing” when applying for jobs in the bureaucracy, many are still unable to enter the civil service.

Gulf countries and Canada strengthen cooperation in fight against ISIS (Agence France-Presse): Multiple Gulf Arab foreign ministers agreed with their Canadian counterpart Monday to strengthen “cooperation” in the fight against the Islamic State and other jihadist organizations.

Former U.S. diplomat criticizes Canada’s ‘weakness’ on Russia (Globe and Mail): Former US ambassador to Russia says Canada is showing a “sign of weakness” by not pushing ahead with a promised U.S.-style Magnitsky Act that would punish Russians deemed to be human-rights violators with visa bans and asset freezes.

Ottawa renforce la coopération avec les pays du golfe Persique (Le Devoir): Les six monarchies du Conseil de coopération du Golfe (CCG) et le Canada vont renforcer leur « coopération » dans la lutte contre le groupe État islamique (EI) et les autres organisations djihadistes.

L’achat de drones évalué par l’armée canadienne (La Presse): Le ministre de la Défense nationale indique que l’examen de la politique de défense du Canada, qui vient de s’amorcer, se penchera aussi sur l’équipement et la technologie, notamment l’achat éventuel de drones pour les militaires.

Les Rangers canadiens bénéficient d’un nouveau programme de formation national (45e Nord): Un cours pilote de leadership de patrouille pour les Rangers canadiens aura lieu à la Garnison Farnham (Québec) du 21 au 28 mai 2016.

Komagata Maru apology: Ship’s story represents ‘dark chapter’ of Canada’s past (CBC News): Komagata Maru 100th anniversary was celebrated with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offering a full apology in the House of Commons for the government of the day’s decision.

Canada’s new strategy pays off with a seat at the Syria table (Globe and Mail): Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion accepted the Russia-U.S. invitation to join the International Syria Support Group.

Hauling veterans back to court over benefits a ‘disgrace,’ opposition says (CBC News): Opposition parties have criticized the government for sending wounded veterans back to court to fight for benefits.

Incident du Komagata Maru en 1914: Trudeau s’excuse (La Presse): Le premier ministre Justin Trudeau a présenté mercredi ses excuses formelles, devant la Chambre des communes, concernant une décision prise par le gouvernement en 1914 d’interdire à la majorité des passagers du Komagata Maru d’entrer au Canada.

 

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