What’s New from the CDA Institute 16 Jun 2017

From the CEO:

This week has seen three significant engagements by Government Ministers on issues touching on the security and defence of Canada and Canadians.  While the highlight is most certainly the release of the new Defence Policy by the Honourable Harjit Sajjan, the important speeches delivered by the Foreign Minister, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland and Minister for International Development, The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau must also be recognized for their statements on how Canada views our role in the world and will therefore endeavour to act on our behalf.  In each, not only were Canadian principles and expectations underlined, but also a number of programs and initiatives that are intended to bring force to the words.  In the coming months and years, the CDA Institute, along with its many contributors and collaborators, will be examining these Ministerial statements against the efforts and success that our Government will be able to generate, most particularly in establishing sufficient consensus, momentum and application of resources needed to implement both the short and long-term aspects of the new Defence Policy – a policy which from my perspective is the right one for Canada!

From the Research Manager and Senior Editor:

This week I am pleased to announce that Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Dr. Chris Kilford has joined the CDA Institute as our newest Research Fellow.  Chris has posted regularly with the CDA Institute, contributes thoughtful Op-Eds regularly to publications across the country and is a very welcome addition to the CDA Institute team!

Recent CDA Institute Web Updates/Dernières mises à jour Web de l’Institute de la CAD:




From our Associations:

MNCTP:  The MNCTP was pleased to receive the following message of support from Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, for Merchant Marine Veterans:

CDA Institute Aerograms – From our Research Fellow Howard Coombs

1. Available at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/31/world/asia/kabul-explosion-afghanistan.html?emc=edit_th_20170601 is The New York Times article “Deadly Bombing in Kabul Is One of the Afghan War’s Worst Strikes.”  It suggests that “the blast near the Afghan presidential palace and the German Embassy, which killed over 80 and wounded hundreds, spoke volumes to the frustrations of stabilizing the country.”

2. Available at https://www.crisisgroup.org/crisiswatch?utm_source=Sign+Up+to+Crisis+Group%27s+Email+Updates&utm_campaign=f4182f471c-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_06_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1dab8c11ea-f4182f471c-359310265 is the latest edition of CrisisWatch.  “May saw a new escalation in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, while in Libya deadly fighting in the south and in Tripoli dimmed prospects for reconciliation and bodes ill for June. In Egypt, the Islamic State (ISIS) orchestrated another major attack on Christians. Insurgent violence took a high toll on civilians in the Philippines and Afghanistan, and a bombing in Thailand’s deep south injured scores. Attacks on Sri Lanka’s Muslim community were a sign of rising tensions. In Africa, violence involving armed groups surged in the Central African Republic, jihadist attacks rose in Kenya, and former rebels now soldiers mutinied for the second time this year in Côte d’Ivoire. Further fragmentation of criminal organisations in Mexico fuelled violence. In a positive turn, Macedonia finally got a new government, offering a way out of the longstanding political crisis.”

3. Attached, courtesy of the US Army War College Library, are recent periodical articles of interest. Please note that many of the article links are not accessible outside the USAWC intranet, while others, labeled “Open Access” are available on the internet. The PAC can also be accessed at http://usawc.libguides.com/currentawareness .  I would like to thank Mr. Travis Ferrell, Research Librarian U.S. Army War College Library and U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, for sharing this material with us.


4. “Centre for Military, Security and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary

Welcome to the latest issue of The Journal of Military and Strategic Studies (JMSS): Volume 17, Issue 4.

The Journal of Military and Strategic Studies (JMSS) is an interdisciplinary, electronic journal examining issues of security, defence and strategic studies. Its mandate is to encourage the creation of original scholarship in strategic and military studies and to provide a forum for the discussion of issues related to security, broadly defined, in an open-access online format. It is a refereed academic journal which promotes original scholarship in military and strategic studies to a worldwide audience. It is a leading open access academic journal in military studies published in Canada. The JMSS website is www.jmss.org.

You have been specifically selected to join our forum and to receive issues of this Journal.  (To be removed from the list, please refer to the instructions at the end of this email.)  You may link to the JMSS at www.jmss.org. As one of the few electronic journals dedicated to the study of security related issues based in Canada, we are pleased to provide a forum in which security issues can be examined and discussed.

The Journal of Military and Strategic Studies extends an open invitation to readers across the world, whether students, soldiers, workers in NGOs, to contribute to its sections, Commentary, and Notes From the Field. These sections increase the range of the voices and experiences which we represent, and our ability to illuminate events as they happen across the earth.

Enjoy this issue of the JMSS.

Vol 17, No 4 (2017)

Special Issue: Reflexive Military Practitioners: Design Thinking and Beyond”

VR, Howard

News around the World:

CDA Institute Council of Advisors member Colin Robertson provides some food for thought prior to the speeches of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Ministers (Globe and Mail, 5 June)


“In this week’s defence policy review, the Liberals showed a nuanced understanding of Canada’s greatest military strength” (Maclean’s, 9 June)


A US reaction to the announcement of the new Defence Policy (NY Times, 7 June)


Adam P MacDonald, regular CDA Institute contributor notes North Korea is well on its way to becoming a nuclear-armed state with the Kim Jong-un regime impervious to coercion, sanctions or incentives.  (East Asia Forum, 15 Jun)


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