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Afghanistan withdrawal

2010-03-19

Queen’s University political studies professor Douglas Bland is available to discuss Canada’s military withdrawal from Afghanistan in the next two years. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has ruled out the possibility of some Canadian Forces personnel staying in the country in a variety of roles beyond 2011.
“A decision to walk away from an unfinished war, with all its attendant risks to national interests and dispiriting connotations of retreat and forsaken sacrifices, is only slightly less important than was the decision to enter it in the first place,” says Professor Bland. “A decision to go to war or to withdraw ought to be the finale, not the beginning, of a detailed analysis of the consequences in either case. What we need is a discussion about the consequences of a 2011 withdrawal for a broader range of national policies that are more or less connected to the Afghanistan commitment.”
Professor Bland holds the Chair in Defence Management Studies in the Queen's University School of Policy Studies. His research is concentrated in the fields of defence policy making and management at national and international levels, the organization and functioning of defence ministries, and civil-military relations.
Among other works on defence management, he wrote, in 1987, The Administration of Defence Policy in Canada 1947-84, and in 1995, Chiefs of Defence: Government And The Unified Command of The Canadian Armed Forces.
To arrange an interview please contact Kristyn Wallace at (613)533-6000 ext 79173 kristyn.wallace@queensu.ca or Michael Onesi at (613)533-6000 ext 77513 michael.onesi@queensu.ca, News and Media Services, Queen’s University.

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