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Meeting in Panmunjom

When senior officials from the two Koreas met for the first time in more than two years on Jan. 9, they did not do it in just any old place. They chose Panmunjom, a bizarre village that contrasts armed military standoff with tourist attraction. Known as the truce (or peace) village, Panmunjom is where...
  • Invictus Games will evolve, patron says

    October 11, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    When it comes to the future of the now-annual event that he created, Prince Harry is an optimist—meaning he doesn’t believe there will be a perpetual need for the Invictus Games as we now know them. Ideally, he suggests, the competition for sick and wounded...
  • Researcher finds much to study in Invictus Games

    October 4, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Preliminary findings of a three-part Dalhousie University study into the physical and psychological benefits of sport to wounded veterans and their families have told athletes what most already know: sport is good. Nevertheless, the most important element of Celina Shirazipour’s work may come down the...
  • New exhibit spans five conflicts

    September 27, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Walk into the new permanent gallery at the Canadian War Museum and the first thing you’ll see are two harbingers of change—a section of the Berlin Wall and a case filled with captured AK-47 rifles. Unfortunately, the change these artifacts represent isn’t the one many...
  • Storied Lee-Enfield rifle heads into retirement

    September 20, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
      For 12 years now, Eena Kooneeliusie, a private in 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (1CRPG), has been packing her cherished Lee-Enfield .303 service rifle as she did her part in asserting the country’s sovereignty in the High Arctic. It has served her well. While...
  • Hornets, Super Hornets and Lightnings

    September 13, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    It seemed like an idea right out of left field at the time. Critics have been questioning the wisdom of the proposed purchase of 18 Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets ever since the government announced last November that it would explore the option as a stopgap...
  • A defence policy and a step backward

    September 11, 2017 by David J. Bercuson
    It is difficult trying to figure out where the federal Liberal government stands on national defence and national security issues. On June 6, 2017, the government released Strong, Secure, Engaged: Canada’s Defence Policy, which is the first true white paper on defence since 1994. (Peter...
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