Further to this post,
Canada and Peacekeeping, Peace Operations, Whatever
[note first link on US and “killer peacekeeping”]
I’m pretty sure the Obama administration’s first priority for us would be NATO (see “Canadian Army in Strength for E. Europe With NATO?“); it might just be possible to do that and a Colombian UN mission as the latter would be pretty small–and largely risk-free. However the NATO mission would I think put paid to any significant Canadian Forces’ UN effort in Africa (see “Netherlands and UN Peacekeeping (sort of) in Mali–Canada?“). Our military simply does not have the resources what with the existing major commitment in the Middle East vs ISIS. Here’s what the CBC is reporting just before today’s (June 29) Three Amigos summit in Ottawa:
Peacekeeping replaces pipelines in Canada – U.S. dialogue
President Barack Obama addresses Parliament today as U.S. officials talk up ‘peacekeeping’
The diplomatic conversation between Ottawa and Washington has been focused on pipelines for years, but that topic appears to have been traded in for a discussion on peacekeeping and how both countries will meet the challenges of an increasingly turbulent world.
It is a subject that is expected to be on the agenda when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Barack Obama spend time together today behind closed doors. The meeting comes after the conclusion of the Three Amigos Summit and before the U.S. president’s historic address to Parliament.
– LIVE BLOG | Three Amigos in Ottawa: Trudeau, Obama, Pena Nieto meet…
The White House signalled Tuesday [June 28] — beyond the already well-telegraphed commitments on environment and trade — that it’s looking to demonstrate Western military unity internationally, something experts say is even more important in the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union [see here and here for defence/NATO implications].
Specifically, the U.S. wants support “co-ordinating peacekeeping around the world,” Mark Feierstein, a senior director at the U.S. National Security Council, said Tuesday…
That may be music to the ears of the Liberal government, which campaigned on returning Canada to a prominent role in peacekeeping.
Although Trudeau has talked up the notion, there’s been little concrete indication where Canadian peacekeeping troops, equipment and know-how might be headed.
That might be about to change.
Colombian peacekeeping mission?
Colombia recently ended a brutal, decades-long war with rebels and is now looking for a United Nations ceasefire observer force — something Canada and Mexico are considering as a joint venture [emphasis added].
Federal sources told CBC News that defence planners have been examining various options for a peacekeeping mission in Colombia since the UN approved a request for an unarmed force last January [emphasis added]…
Awaiting NATO decision
‘Will Canada show up in Latvia or not?’
– Steve Saideman, Carleton University professor
[earlier: “Stephen Saideman – How Much Tripwire Is Enough?“]
Holding a slot open for a possible peacekeeping operation was one of the suggested reasons Canada did not automatically sign on to a NATO deterrence mission in eastern Europe and the Baltic states.
The clock is ticking towards the NATO leaders summit in Warsaw and wrestling a firm commitment out of Canada is likely going to be high on the closed door agenda, said two international relations experts…
Time for real defence choices to be made, well before the government’s Defence Policy Review is done. Events, dear boy, events.