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Trouble in Paradise? Germany’s Incoming “Traffic Light” Coalition and its Potential Impacts on NATO’s Security

After being ruled by Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its junior coalition partners since 2005, Germany is set for Vice-Chancellor…
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After the AUKUS Crisis, Are France-U.S. Relations Back on Track?

Pierre Morcos, "After the AUKUS Crisis, Are France-U.S. Relations Back on Track?," Commentary, Center for Strategic and International Studies, November 16, 2021.
Policy Briefs

Naming and Shaming and Its Consequences on Civil Conflicts

When acts of violence against civilians are widely publicized, Canada is frequently rushed to join its allies in public denunciation campaigns aimed…
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From the South China Sea to the Arctic: Linking Canada’s Interests

The South China Sea (SCS) disputes are among the world’s most sensible and complex geopolitical questions. Three reasons render such disputes particularly…
The Taliban and the Uyghur Dilemma: Where to Stand?
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The Taliban and the Uyghur Dilemma: Where to Stand?

While the 20th anniversary of September 11 terrorist attack is a reminder of the U.S. intervention in Afghanistan and the beginning of…
IndoPacific
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The American Strategic Pivot in the Indo-Pacific

Highlights The U.S. pivot to Asia strategy, launched by the Obama administration in 2011, comes in response to the significant structural change…
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Ad Hoc Crisis Response and International Organisations (ADHOCISM)

International organisations (IOs) are created with the aim of solving collective action problems when a crisis arises. Yet, member states have repeatedly…
Policy Briefs

The Renewal of the U.S. Strategic Planning

Without turning away from counterterrorism, U.S. defense seems to be increasingly orienting its focus on China in an era of great power…
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Towards A European Rapid Reaction Force: Another Paper Tiger?

In its hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan, contrary to the Biden administration’s initial messages that claimed to make the Trump era an incident…
Policy Briefs

Continental Defence Modernization and the Future of Canadian Defence Policy

On August 14, the Canadian Department of National Defense and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) issued a joint statement on the…
Policy Reports

Is Canada’s Foreign Policy Really Feminist?

This policy report argues that, in order to deliver on its promise, the Government of Canada should carry out its Feminist Foreign…
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AUKUS: A New Anglosphere Partnership for the Development of Nuclear Submarine Capabilities

A new joint defence partnership will see the United States, Britain and Australia join together into what is already called AUKUS (Australia-UK-US).…
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Foreign Policy and the 44th General Election in Canada

“Canada’s foreign policy is more important now than it has been in a generation,” states the Conservative Party of Canada’s election platform.…
Afghanistan
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The West’s Afghan Refugee Failure: A Symptom of Risk-Transfer War

With Kabul fallen, Canada, the United States and their allies are now attempting to salvage what dignity they can from an utter…
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NATO’s Pivot to China: A Challenging Path

Pierre Morcos, "NATO’s Pivot to China: A Challenging Path," Commentary, Center for Strategic and International Studies, June 8, 2021.
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Local Aid Workers: The Often-Overlooked Pieces of the Humanitarian Puzzle

Most humanitarian programmes commission aid consultants at various stages of their operationalization to evaluate the efficiency of relevant programme design and implementation.…
Policy Briefs

Reframing the Ukrainian Crisis

In April 2021, according to the statements of Josep Borrell, the High Representative of the European Union, at least 150,000 Russian soldiers…
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The Iranian Presidential Election: The Regime Is Hardening

With the Iranian presidential elections on June 18, 2021 looming, the Islamic Republic of Iran appears to be more frozen than ever.…
Connexions
Policy Reports

Intelligence Cooperation in a Multipolar World: Non-American Perspectives

This policy report follows the conference organized by the Network for Strategic Analysis entitled “Intelligence Cooperation in a Multipolar World: Non-American Perspectives”…
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Did the Sun Finally Set? The UK’s Integrated Review on Defence and What Canada Can Learn from It

The British government finally published its Integrated Review last March, a year later than expected. Heralded as the most important review of…
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Nonviolence as a Strategy of Resistance in Myanmar

Over the past few weeks, the continued and intensified protests in Myanmar despite the intensification of state repression is representative of a…
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Policy Reports

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

Gaëlle Rivard Piché, "Standing on Guard: Canada’s Strategic Interests in a Competitive World Order," Vimy Paper, Volume 47, CDA Institute, March 2021.
NATO
Policy Briefs

NATO Enlargement 20 Years On: Some Thoughts

Almost three decades after NATO began to open its doors to countries in Central and Eastern Europe, it is time to revisit…
Policy Reports

Great Power Competition in the Arctic

This policy report explores the extent to which the concept of Arctic Exceptionalism collides with the return to great power politics, particularly…
Policy Reports

Revisiting Canada-Russia Relations: A New Paradigm for a Multipolar World

This paper was co-published with the Institute for Peace & Diplomacy. Consult the English version: Zachary Paikin, "Revisiting Canada-Russia Relations: A New…
Reports

Report on CJOC Defence Planning Project

The Network for Strategic Analysis (NSA) has been tasked by the Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC) to conduct a comparative study on…
Policy Reports

COVID-19 and Capacity-Building: Final Report

During autumn 2020, the Network for Strategic Analysis hosted a series of online workshops on the links between COVID-19 and capacity-building activities.…
Témoignage von Hlatky
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The Vance Allegations : Next Steps for Culture Change in the Canadian Armed Forces

This text was originally a statement to the Standing Committee on National Defence on February 26 2021, in the context of the…
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Towards an Easing of Tensions Between the United States and Turkey?

The ongoing diplomatic crisis between the United States and Turkey will have a significant impact on Canadian defence policy. While some strategic…
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Intelligence in the Face of the Chinese Threat

In September 2020, the Chairman of the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), Adam Schiff, published a short critical article…
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A New Regional Order in the “Indo-Pacific”? Lessons for Canada

As the frenzy intensifies around the “Indo-Pacific,” Canada must play its cards right with a mix of prudence and creativity. To do…
Policy Briefs

What is Grey Zone Deterrence?

The types of conflict states aim to deter have evolved since the Cold War, presenting new challenges each time. Deterrence theory became…
Cyber
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An Opportunity for NORAD Modernization in a Joint CA-US Cyber Component

Kristen Csenkey and MCpl Dominique Philippe Genest, “An Opportunity for NORAD Modernization in a Joint CA-US Cyber Component,” Strategic Perspectives, NAADSN, January…
Policy Reports

For Greater Inclusion and Diversity in International Security: Courses of Action for the Network for Strategic Analysis

From academia to politics, issues of inclusion and diversity are gaining increasing importance in different spheres of Canadian society. In international security,…
Space
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Transparency and Norm Cultivation in the Space Domain: Canada’s Contribution

The international community has thus far failed to create consensual and legally-binding rules for the use of outer space beyond those specified…
Policy Briefs

Between Alignment and Distancing: The Strategic Dilemma of Washington’s Allies in the Biden Era

Key Points: Donald Trump's tenure has eroded the confidence of key democratic allies in the United States. So much so that the…
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Rethinking Canada’s Defence Strategy: What Lessons Can We Learn From the UK and Australia?

The mandate of Donald Trump confirmed a strong trend since the financial crisis of 2008: the American hegemon is in decline. Furthermore,…
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Canadian Armed Forces and COVID-19: Abroad and at Home, Adapting in Times of Crisis

Throughout the fall of 2020, Theodore McLauchlin and Marie-Joëlle Zahar, Professors at the University of Montreal, organized a series of virtual workshops…
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The Origins and Ulterior Consequences of the Nagorno-Karabakh War: Barometer of Russia’s Relations With Turkey

The Nagorno-Karabakh armed conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, which began on September 27, lasted nearly two months and is said to have…
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NATO in the Age of COVID-19: From Health Crisis to Political Crisis?

This blog post is written as part of the Cycle of Virtual Workshops on Building Capacity in the Age of COVID-19. The…
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Between the West and East: Italy’s Ambiguous Position in a Changing World

In a context of increasing competition between the great powers and a relative decline of the United States, this article aims to…
Policy Reports

Gender, Peacekeeping, and Operational Effectiveness: Recommendations for the Deployment of Women in Peacekeeping Operations

In the twenty years following the adoption of the first United Nations Security Council Resolution on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS), the…
Policy Reports

The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: Catalyst for a New Regional Order

On November 9, Armenia and Azerbaijan signed an end-of-hostilities agreement, under the aegis of Russia. This ceasefire, which enshrines a military victory…
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Thinking About the Modernization of NORAD

As the world shifts from unipolarity to great power competition, the new technological and military capabilities of China and Russia are real…
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The Challenges for Canada of Global Warming in the Arctic

Climate change, due to an increase in the concentration of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in Earth’s atmosphere, is affecting all aspects of life…
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Peacekeeping in the Age of COVID-19: An Opportunity to Move Forward?

This blog post is written as part of the Virtual Workshop Cycle on Building Capacity in the Age of COVID-19. The third…
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The Development of 5G and the Impact of Donald Trump’s Presidency on Intelligence Sharing Within the Five Eyes

The development of 5G technology poses a new challenge within the informal alliance of the "Five Eyes". This new technology dramatically improves…
Policy Briefs

The Election of Joe Biden: Implications for Democratic Allies

The U.S. presidential election demonstrated the tenacity of President Donald J. Trump's ideas, policies and leadership style. The conservative nationalism and populism…
Iran
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Potential Washington Strikes Against Iranian Nuclear Facilities at Natanz

Over the past few days, several testimonies have been describing a febrile and dangerous atmosphere in Iran and, in particular, in the…
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Can Washington Save Its Leadership in NATO?

The abandonment of American leadership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) did not begin with Donald Trump. From the end of…
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Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan

The purpose of the NSA strategic plan is to orient the Network’s objectives, which are mainly based on its activities of mobilizing…
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Can Canada Be Influential in a World of Great Power Politics?

Highlights Canada does not have the means and power to influence, let alone shape, the nature of the international system. Although Canada…
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Navigating Great Power Rivalry: Canadian Strategy for a New Decade

Despite periodic instances of tension and disagreement, Ottawa has leaned heavily on its relationship with Washington to anchor its foreign policy throughout…
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The Russian Occupation of Georgia and the Questioning of its Territorial Integrity

In the context of parliamentary elections in Georgia, slated for October 31, 2020, Russian pressure on this small Caucasian state continues, both…
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Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism: Rethinking Contested Models in the Age of COVID-19

This hot take is written as part of the Virtual Workshop Cycle on Building Capacity in the Age of COVID-19. The second…
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Canadians Want to Play a Larger Diplomatic Role in International Affairs: Building a New Path for Our Place in the World

The last two decades have been difficult for Canadian foreign policy. Successive governments in Ottawa have been struggling to articulate a coherent…
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Elections 2020: November 3, a Period of Unexpected Uncertainty? an Election in Disarray

New Vectors of Uncertainty With at least a half-dozen toss-up states and changes to the voting status quo-through larger mail-in & absentee…
Policy Briefs

Rethinking the Impact of US Military Training on Coups

Military training abroad is one of the main foreign policy tools deployed by a growing number of countries, including Canada. In recent…
Articles

The Polysemy of the Security Community: Towards a “People-Centered” Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)?

In her article published in the International Studies Quarterly, Stéphanie Martel maintains that the construction of a security community can be understood as…
Iran
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The Presidential Elections in the United States: What Impact on Iranian-American Relations?

Even before Donald Trump took office four years ago, the media prophesied a major break in relations with Iran. For months, in…
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Capacity Building Before and After COVID-19

On Friday, September 25, The Network for Strategic Analysis (NSA) organized the first panel of a cycle of 5 workshops on capacity…
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South China Sea: Faced with Chinese Affirmation, Which Common Front?

In the summer of 2020, tension can be seen in the South China Sea between China, on the one hand, and several…
Five Eyes
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Understanding the Five Eyes

The term Five Eyes typically refers to a unique signals intelligence pooling club of three or four-letter acronymed agencies from Australia, Canada,…
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Why ‘Brave Little Belgium’ Yet Again Sends Its F-16s to Iraq and Syria

On October 1st 2020, Belgium resumed its participation in Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led international coalition against ISIL, with four F-16 fighter…
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Turkey’s Disputed Role in NATO

Since the fall of the USSR, the Turkish government has contested the usefulness of NATO. This challenge has increased following the recent decisions of the Turkish government:…
Trump
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New Deal with Iran: A Broken Promise?

In the 2016 election campaign, candidate Trump pledged to negotiate “a totally different deal” with Iran - to establish a deal that…
Reports

Responding to the Hardening the SHIELD: A Credible Deterrent and Capable Defense for North America

Andrea Charron, "Responding to the Hardening the SHIELD: A Credible Deterrent and Capable Defense for North America," Quick Impact, NAADSN, 11 September…
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Mackinder, Models and the New Silk Road: a Deceiving Tool?

Abstract Mackinder’s work on the Heartland (1904) seems to have generated a lot of interest since the advent in 2013 of the…
Trudeau and Trump
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The End of Illusions: Towards an Independent Foreign Policy in a Disorderly World

The failure of the Trudeau government to get Canada elected to the United Nations Security Council was an unprecedented affront in Canadian…
UE-USA
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Transatlantic Relations During a Pandemic: Cooperation or Competition?

The COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated the dynamics of contemporary transatlantic relations, which oscillate between cooperation and rivalry at a time of competition between great powers. As the United…
Arctique
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Competitions and Power Games in the Arctic – Realities, Fictions and Implications for Canada

Bordering the United States and Russia, between NATO and EU member and non-member countries, the Arctic sub-regions are increasingly the subject of…
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Canada and Huawei’s 5G

5G technology and the Chinese company Huawei 5G is the fifth generation of mobile communications, following on from 4G. 5G will bring…
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Bridging the Gap Between Academic and Defence Policy Communities in Canada

In their article published in the Canadian Public Administration journal, the authors evaluated the nature and causes of the divergences between academic…
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Network Challenge Report: COVID-19

In June 2020, amid the most severe global health crisis in a generation, the MINDS Program’s Collaborative Networks answered a call for…
Reports

Intersectionality Strategy

Context Rooted in the Black American feminist movement of the 1980s and 1990s, the concept of intersectionality refers to the intersection of…
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COVID-19 and the Future of Global Order

This report was produced by the Centre for Security and Crisis Governance (CRITIC), founded at the Royal Military College Saint-Jean in 2020.…
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COVID-19 and Canada’s Capacity-Building: Security Assistance and Training in the Pandemic

How has capacity-building, above all security assistance and training operations, been affected by COVID-19? What is likely to come? Because Canada’s capacity-building…
Policy Briefs

The Geopolitical Impacts of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has considerable geopolitical impacts. It acts as a catalyst on several security and defence issues. This strategic note focusses…
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Why Fear Russia in the Arctic? Contemplating Scenarios as an Exercise in Assumption-Testing and “Red Teaming”

Whitney Lackenbauer, "Why Fear Russia in the Arctic? Contemplating Scenarios as an Exercise in Assumption-Testing and 'Red Teaming'," Strategic Perspectives, NAADSN, 4…

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