OTTAWA, Feb. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - In a major study released today, Canada's
leading think tank on defence and security says the time has come for
the development of a national security strategy which reflects recent
shifts in the global security landscape and in maturing perceptions of
what constitutes Canadian national interests; help Canada be more
effective diplomatically in promoting international peace and security;
and ensure the Canadian Forces can help Canada realize its national
security objectives in the years ahead.
The Strategic Outlook for Canada, the title of this year's edition of the Conference of Defence
Associations Institute Vimy Papers, flags four conflicts which could lead to hostilities in 2012. In the
absence of a national security strategy, the study notes, the
government's response will necessarily be ad hoc and improvised.
"For too long there has been too little public discussion of the
emerging international security environment and of Canada's defence and
security needs in the years ahead," said Alain Pellerin, the Executive
Director of the CDA Institute. "Our paper looks both to start the
discussion, and to inform it."
Vimy Paper 2012, The Strategic Outlook for Canada, makes 16 recommendations related to foreign and defence policy and
planning. It comes two days ahead of the annual Ottawa Conference on Defence and Security, and just weeks before a federal budget is expected to target Defence
for major reductions. In it, the CDA Institute recommends that the
Government of Canada:
commission the preparation of a comprehensive National Security Strategy
update the Canada First Defence Strategy (CFDS) which would flow from
the NSS; and
produce a comprehensive review of Canada's strategic interests in
Asia-Pacific; explore with allies the parameters of a new collective
security arrangement in the region; and re-assess the balance of CF
commitments between East and West.
"It's time for a comprehensive review of the strategic landscape, what
the dangers are out there for Canadians, and what to do about them,"
said Paul Chapin, a former senior Foreign Affairs official and
co-author of the study. "Our intent is to tie the need for a
made-at-home national security strategy that matches what we see going
on in the world," said George Petrolekas, the study's other co-author.
Note to Editors:
The full report is available on the CDA Institute website at http://cda-cdai.ca/cdai/vimy-papers/vimypaper2012
SOURCE Conference of Defence Associations Institute
For further information:
The CDA Institute can facilitate media interviews with the study contributors.
Please contact Paul Chapin at 613 799 5497 or Meghan Spilka O'Keefe at 613 889 9166.