Mark Collins – Canada and UN “Peace Operations”: Letter of Mine in Globe and Mail

November 8 in print edition–scroll down to the third letter at “War and peace” (links added):

Your editorial recommends that Senegal be the focus for renewed peace operations by the Canadian military (Start In Senegal, For The New Peacekeeping, Nov. 4). But the government has made it clear that the point of such missions is to support UN-led peacekeeping operations; unfortunately, there is no such UN operation in Senegal to support.

It seems much more probable that the government will commit some military personnel to the UN mission in Mali, with Senegal serving as a logistics hub to support both them and the UN mission more broadly.

The editorial also states that “a counterinsurgency in a chaotic, arid country such as Mali … would be outside the experience of most members of the Canadian Armed Forces.” That “arid country” sounds like Kandahar province in Afghanistan where thousands of Canadians fought a counterinsurgency against the Taliban from 2006 to 2011.

How soon we apparently forget.

Recently:

RCAF Chinook Helos for UN Peacekeeping Mali? Canadian Army?

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds

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3 thoughts on “Mark Collins – Canada and UN “Peace Operations”: Letter of Mine in Globe and Mail”

  1. A friend responds:

    “The Groan seems a bit confused if they think you can go peacekeeping in places where the sacred UN has offered no mandate. While pre-emptive peacekeeping may not be such a bad idea, Montana and Idaho may be in greater need than peaceful Sufi (is it?) Senegal.”

    Also Wyoming and the Dakotas perhaps. Senegal is in fact pretty Sufi–Globe got that right:
    https://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/posts/jennifer-lang-on-islam-in-senegal
    http://www.muslimpopulation.com/africa/Senegal/inslam%20In%20Senegal.php

    Mark Collins

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