Spending two per cent of GDP is misleading

  It constitutes a small part of the government’s recently released defence policy review, but it’s a telling one. Just 579 of 8,805 words are devoted to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s two-per-cent-of-GDP standard for defence spending, but the words and the numbers suggest Ottawa will likely never meet the alliance’s ideal. The much-anticipated...
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  • Canada has a long history in Pakistan. It was there during one of the first United Nations peacekeeping missions—UNMOGIP or United Nations Military Observer Group India-Pakistan—that Canada lost its first peacekeeper. UNMOGIP began on Jan. 24, 1949, with a mandate to supervise the ceasefire between...
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  • The Toronto Star has a series of articles out on the secretive Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) that will certainly interest many readers. Since its inception in 2006, CANSOFCOM has periodically made attempts to raise its profile with Canadians. This is clearly a good...
  • In Syria last week, the Russian military raised the stakes in their global confrontation against the Western world when they launched a series of airstrikes against the New Syrian Army (NSA), a specially-selected group of moderates who are trained and backed by the United States....
  • In the years and months leading up to the First World War, all of the great European powers eventually succumbed to the pressure of the situation and mobilized their military forces. War itself wasn’t the aim of the mobilization—up until the last months, hardly anyone...