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Cyber defences and global rules should be Canada’s focus

June 26, 2017

While Canada’s new defence policy contains a number of problematic initiatives, one particularly concerning area is the decision to develop offensive cyber warfare capabilities. “A purely defensive cyber posture is no longer sufficient. Accordingly, we will develop the capability to conduct active cyber operations focused on external threats to Canada in the context of government-authorized […]

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Trump pressures Canada to double defence spending

May 29, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump tried to dress down fellow NATO members for not spending enough on their armed forces in a speech at the NATO summit on Thursday. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the second-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, condemned the President’s comments: “I was appalled by his condescending remarks to NATO leaders today, […]

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Devastating Amnesty Report prompts USA hold on cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia

May 30, 2016

Even as Ottawa groups were planning a demonstration against the sordid Canada–Saudi arms deal, to coincide with the appearance of Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan at the annual CANSEC military trade show, Amnesty International issued a devastating new report on Saudi atrocities in Yemen. The report catalogues the grave risks of injury and death facing civilians […]

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Some of our favourite Rideau Institute posts of 2015

December 31, 2015

Glancing back at the Rideau Institute blog posts for 2015 gives some idea of the range of important foreign, defence and security policy issues with which we dealt.   We begin with the first of many posts on Canada’s grotesque $15 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia: Saudi arms deal makes mockery of Canadian values (Peggy Mason, Embassy, […]

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