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Available Expert - Government of Canada announces series of new peacekeeping initiatives

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Queen’s University international relations and security studies expert Jane Boulden is available for comment on the Government of Canada’s announcement of new peacekeeping initiatives being made today from the Defence Ministerial meeting in Vancouver.

“In contrast to last year’s pledge by the government of 450 troops to a single mission, it seems likely that the nature of the commitment will involve small contributions of personnel and equipment to multiple missions, with an overarching focus on training and on the role of women,” says Dr. Boulden. “This approach will be a disappointment to some, and the Canadian government will have to work hard to overcome the credibility it has lost in not following through on its initial pledge.”

“However, its new focus, especially on working to facilitate greater participation of women in peacekeeping operations is likely to have a medium and long-term impact on the potential for success in UN peace operations,” she says.

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