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Standing on Guard: Canada’s Strategic Interests in a Competitive World Order

By Dr. Gaëlle Rivard Piché

March 2021 – Volume 47

ABSTRACT

Canada has long shied away from identifying and openly pursuing its strategic interests. In this most recent Vimy Paper, Dr. Gaëlle Rivard Piché, strategic analyst with Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), discusses how the international environment is becoming rapidly more challenging, and how geography no longer offers the country the sanctuary it once did, taking a sober and pragmatic look at what is essential to Canada is critical. A strong, sovereign, and united Canada, acting alongside its partners and within the rules-based international order, is less likely to face threat to its national security and defence. In a complex strategic environment and anticipating the lasting financial consequences of the pandemic, prioritization will be essential to the pursuance and defence of those strategic interests: national sovereignty, integrity and independence, the alliance with the United States, the preservation of the rules-based international order, and positioning Canada advantageously in relations to other major powers. Bringing back strategic interests at the center of Canadian defence and foreign policy should start with a national conversation about the threats and challenges laying ahead. 

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PREVIOUS EDITIONS

 

VIMY PAPER 46

OCTOBER 2020

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By Adam P. MacDonald & Carter Vance

 

 

 

 

VIMY PAPER 45

OCTOBER 2020

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 By Andre André Laliberté & Scott Simon

 

 

 

 

VIMY PAPER 44

APRIL 2020

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By Rachel Babins

VIMY PAPER 42

JUNE 2019

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By A.C. Berardinelli

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MARCH 2019

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By Thomas Hughes

VIMY PAPER 40

FEBRUARY 2019

CANADA’S CIVILIAN CYBER WARRIROS AND THE INTERNATIONAL LEGAL IMPLICATIONS OF A “STRONG, SECURED, AND ENGAGED” CYBER POLICY

By Leah West

 

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