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Home Policy Articles: Military & Defence: Page 2

One of the core functions of any government is to exercise sovereignty over its territory and its people. Defence policy is therefore of central importance to any government. The issue of how best to provide for Canada's defence faces a number of challenges from the fluid nature of the international system, the seemingly increased threat of terrorist attacks, the increasing interdependence of Canada and the United States, and technological change.

This section will be will be your guide to what’s happening in military and defence policy.



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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.

US and Canadian Immigration Policies: Marching Together to Different Tunes

This article by Peter Rekai argues the United States and Canada should continue their trend towards greater bilateralism to resolve what are decidedly bilateral issues, namely the issue of security following the terrorist attacks on the US of September 11, 2001. In this context, Rekai, focuses on immigration policy. He finds that Canada has tightened its immigrant and refugee screenings, but has not followed the US example and improved its screening of temporary workers and visitors; for Rekai this is a “particularly troubling omission” considering the ease with which potential ‘harm doers’ could use temporary visas as a means of entry.

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