International relations, peace and conflict

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The Yemeni city of Sa'ada has been heavily hit by Saudi airstrikes, as shown in this image from August 2015. Photo credit: Philippe Kropf / United Nations OCHA
Military responds to mining protest in Peru. (Photo by Thomas Quirynen and Marijke Deleu, CATAPA)
First published in the Winnipeg Free Press Oct 11, 2016 As the Syrian refugee crisis continues, so do Canada’s — and Manitoba’s — obligations toward refugee resettlement. With a reported 900 Syrians to arrive in Manitoba before the end of this year, what have we learned since last autumn?
Canadian soldiers discuss a civil-military co-operation project with school leaders in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, September 2013.  “Why did you take my independence from me? Why did I give it up? I'm a slave now, for all my fine clothes.” 
OTTAWA – A new report, entitled Canadians Abroad: A Policy and Legislative Agenda, has just been released by the Rideau Institute and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). The report, by former Ambassador and long-time head of the Canadian consular service Gar Pardy, analyses fourteen major issues associated with the provision of consular assistance to Canadians traveling and residing abroad. 
This study, by former Ambassador and long-time head of the Canadian consular service Gar Pardy, analyses fourteen major issues associated with the provision of consular assistance to Canadians traveling and residing abroad. It includes a detailed set of recommendations to improve the assistance Canada provides to such travellers and the international legal environment for consular services.
Protesters of Planet Syria wearing masks depicting (from left) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, US President Barack Obama, Syrian President Bashar Assad, Russian President Vladimir Putin and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon serve a siege soup on the start of Syrian Peace talks in Geneva. Photo credit: EPA / Martial Trezzini
While Canada has provided key leadership and significant military contributions to global peace operations for a half-century, it has only deployed very low levels of personnel in UN peacekeeping over the past ten years. This study indicates that Canada is currently far behind other nations in its readiness to support the United Nations and train for modern peacekeeping—and finds that the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) now provides less than a quarter of the peacekeeping training activities that it did a decade ago. The study recommends
OTTAWA— A new report, entitled Unprepared for Peace? The Decline of Canadian Peacekeeping Training (and what to do about it), has just been released by the Rideau Institute and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

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