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Queen's University

Centre for International and Defence Policy

The Domestic Politics of  International Stabilization Missions

Kim Richard Nossal


The international community has increasingly used stabilization forces as a response to the intra-state violence that has been so much a mark of the post-Cold War era.  The Canadian government has been an enthusiastic participant in stabilization campaigns: since 1991, the Canadian Armed Forces have participated in fifteen stabilization missions—in the Balkans, the Persian Gulf, East Timor, Haiti and Afghanistan. This research project examines what impact participation in these missions has had on domestic politics in Canada, specifically: whether participation in stabilization missions has reshaped the way in which Canadians conceive of national security and the role of the armed forces – and if so, how; whether these missions have differential impacts on different parts of Canada, thus extending the research of Jean-Christophe Boucher and Stéphane Roussel beyond a comparison of Québec and the rest of Canada; what impact these missions have had on electoral politics in Canada; and how the views of members of the Canadian Armed Forces serving in stabilization missions have affected the political debate in Canada. This project also seeks to put the Canadian experience in comparative perspective.  Because Australia has also been an active participant in (and leader of) stabilization campaigns, including Afghanistan, the project compares and contrasts Australia’s participation in these missions, examining the similarities and differences in how participation in these missions has affected Australian politics. For more information, contact Professor Nossal...



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