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What’s New at the CDA Institute, 29 November 2016

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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 and Defence Briefings.


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The Malian Crisis: A Crisis in the Making: CDA Institute Security & Defence Blogger David Law, a Senior Associate/​Fellow at the Security Governance Group/​Centre for Security Governance in Kitchener, has written a three-​part blog series for the Centre for Security Governance’s SSR Resource Centre. We are pleased to have permission to repost Part 1 on our Blog: The Forum.

The Malian Crisis: The Stumbling Stabilization Effort: Part 2 of David Law’s three-​part blog series, examining the security situation in Mali.

The Malian Crisis: Thinking More Broadly about the Security Sector Agenda: Part 3 of David Law’s three-​part blog series, examining the security situation in Mali.

The Super Hornet Proposal – Too Many Questions: General Paul Manson (Ret’d), a Council Advisor at the CDA Institute, wrote a piece on the Liberal plan for interim Super Hornets that has been submitted to the National Post. We are pleased to have his permission to post it on our Blog: The Forum.

Canada’s Fighter Replacement: What will the Field Look Like in Five Years?: CDA Institute Research Fellow Charles Davies provides an overview of the potential fighter aircraft candidates in five years, when the government says it will select a permanent replacement for the CF-​18s.


Sajjan defends plan to buy interim fleet of fighter jets, citing 9/​11 (Globe and Mail): Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is invoking the 2001 terrorist attacks to justify the sole-​source acquisition of 18 Super Hornet fighter jets, saying Canada cannot respond to all military emergencies with its aging CF-​18s.

Fin du Forum d’Halifax sur la sécurité internationale de 2016 (45e Nord) : Le ministre de la Défense Harjit S. Sajjan a terminé Dimanche sa visite à Halifax, où il a animé le huitième Forum d’Halifax sur la sécurité internationale (FHSI), du 18 au 20 novembre 2016.

Pilot dies in CF-​18 crash near Cold Lake, Alta. (CBC): A CF-​18 pilot died Monday when a fighter jet crashed near Cold Lake, Alberta during a training exercise.

Le rôle du Canada en Afrique est essentiel, estime Michaëlle Jean (La Presse Canadienne) : À quelques jours du Sommet de la Francophonie à Madagascar, Michaëlle Jean juge « essentiel » que le Canada se réengage dans les missions de paix en Afrique francophone.

HMCS Vancouver returning home following New Zealand earthquake assistance (CBC News): A Canadian warship is heading home after helping provide humanitarian assistance in New Zealand following a powerful earthquake that killed two people.

Canadian troops, helicopters urgently needed in war-​torn Mali: top UN official (The Canadian Press): Canada’s troops and helicopters are urgently needed to protect and ferry peacekeepers at risk of ambush from Islamist militant forces as they travel through war-​torn Mali, a top United Nations official says.

Le renseignement financier, outil de lutte contre le terrorisme (La Presse Canadienne) : L’agence fédérale qui a pour mandat de contrer le blanchiment d’argent et le financement d’activités terroristes a contribué à la lutte contre Daech.

Kurdish allies anxiously await arrival of promised Canadian weapons to fight ISIS (CBC News): Canada’s Kurdish allies in northern Iraq are anxious and impatient for the Trudeau government to deliver on a promise to supply weapons to carry on the fight against Islamic State militants.

Canadian special forces fire three anti-​tank missiles at ISIL suicide bombers as fighting intensifies (The Ottawa Citizen): Canadian troops have engaged in a substantial number of clashes with Islamic State gunmen in the last several weeks.

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