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A Friendly Agreement in Advance: Canada-US Defense Relations Past, Present, and Future popular

The author of this article, J.L. Granatstein, argues that Canada has no choice but to support the United States in an expanded anti-terrorism war, as well as in a National Missile Defense (NMD) scheme proposed by the Bush Administration. Granatstein explains that the two countries have been linked in defense for over 60 years, and that, as such, Canada’s refusal to participate in joint defence programs would inevitably carry real costs. Considering that the US will defend itself regardless of Canada’s position, Granatstein asserts that Canada must participate in defence programs – if only to protect its sovereignty. Granatstein suggests that by participating, Canada can maintain its seat at the defence table, which should, in turn, strengthen Canada’s bargaining position on trade issues.

Canada and Military Coalitions: Where, How and with Whom?

This article by Douglas Bland examines not whether Canada should continue participating in coalitions (which Bland considers a given), but “whether Canada has the political will and the means to influence the shape and operating expectations of established and emerging coalitions to best benefit Canada’s national interests.”

Canada Now: Fading Power or Future Power

This report discusses issues considered at National Foreign Policy Conference in 2003. It was found that Canada needs to reconsider its position on foreign affairs due to the weakness of multilateral institutions, the change in security concerns and the instability of the international system.

Canadian Civil Aviation Security: Improving Command and Control

In this paper, retired Major Russ Cooper considers aspects of civil aviation security, how it might be improved to reduce the risk of future terrorist attacks.

Controlling Irregular Migration in Canada: Reconciling Security Concerns with Human Rights Protection

This article by François Crépeau and Delphine Nakache examines recent developments in Canada (following the events of September 11, 2001) regarding migration control.

Four US Military Commands: NORTHCOM, NORAD, SPACECOM, STRATCOM -- The Canadian Opportunity

This short, unrefereed working paper written by Joseph T. Jockel is primarily concerned with the development of NORTHCOM (the United States Northern Command, in charge of homeland security) in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Guarding the Continental Coasts: United States Maritime Homeland Security and Canada

In this article, Joel J. Sokolsky discusses the change in American perceptions around security in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Managing Global Crises – and the U.S. Colossus

In this report, David Wright argues that Canada should never blindly follow the United States vis-à-vis decision-making around international crises. On the other hand, he argues that Canadians should never feel inadequate or irrelevant when they do support U.S. positions, especially on security issues. Wright suggests that Canada should take positions on international issues that are based on its interests and consistent with its values.

Privacy and Security in an Age of Terrorism

In this paper Barry Cooper addresses the concerns raised by the BC Information and Privacy commissioner surrounding the potential impact of the USA Patriot Act on British Columbians specifically, and on Canadians in general.

Sailing in Concert: The Politics and Strategy of Canada-US Naval Interoperability

This article by Joel Sokolsky examines the concept of interoperability but with a specific focus on the role of the Canadian Navy.

Thinking the Unthinkable: Security Threats, Cross-Boarder Implications and Canada's Long-Term Strate

Danielle Goldfarb offers highlights and analysis around a confidential seminar, held in 2003, where experts from a variety of fields discussed national security policy.

Unholy Terror: The Origin and Significance of Contemporary, Religion-based Terrorism

This article by Barry Cooper looks to history for answers to the main questions surrounding terrorism today, notably in its ties to religion. The author finds several points of conjecture between the political religions of Europe of the 20th century, notably Nazism, and the newly realized terrorism trend at the beginning of the 21st century. This sets the background on which Cooper can analyze the Canadian and American national security architectures, and changes that he believes should be adopted following the terrorist events of September 11, 2001. Cooper argues, among several points, that the scale of national security operations must be extended beyond their normal scope.