Further to these posts,
the new government is trying to figure out how to re-engage Canada in the noble cause–how long will it take them to make some decisions? Two pieces at Embassy:
Foreign [Global, actually] Affairs, Defence, RCMP creating ‘peace operations strategy‘
Burundi, the peacekeeping test case: Simply putting Canadian troops in blue helmets into a conflict zone provides no guarantee of success [by CGAI Fellow Jack Granatstein].
More at MILNEWS.ca:
Disarmament think tank: Canada Not Ready for Peacekeeping
- “Canadian Forces ill-prepared to put the blue helmets back on: report”
- “L’armée serait mal préparée pour des opérations de maintien de la paix”…
- “Canada must “step up” on peacekeeping training – Ceasefire.ca”
- “Canada and Contemporary Peacekeeping Operations – CDA Institute Blog”
- “Peacekeeping is fine, but peace-building is essential — and it works”…
But do our forces now have the wherewithal to do very much? and will the government be willing to accept anything risky? Do the great majority of ministers with no military background understand how profoundly UN peacekeeping has changed?