A Place to Call Home: The Plight of the Myanmar Rohingya – Part 10

When I look at the current plight of the Myanmar’s Rohingya people, I think of the name given to them by news outlets worldwide- the world’s most persecuted people. However, this name has become more appropriate than ever before over the last year: Ever since a small group of insurgents launched an attack on Myanmar’s […]

Who are the Yazidis?

Who are the Yazidis? The vast majority of Yazidis are found in northern Iraq, in and around the city of Sinjar. It is estimated that there are approximately 1.5 million individuals worldwide who adhere to the beliefs of Yazidism. Yazidism is a complex theology, and like all religions, is hard to sum up in a […]

A Place to Call Home: The Plight of the Myanmar Rohingya – Part 9

“This is just the most extraordinary scene. We’ve been hearing about this boat for the last four or five days through very, very occasional phone calls that have gone out, telling of their desperate plight. Nobody knew where they were, we’ve been searching for a long time … now we’ve found it.” Jonathan Head of […]

Post-Cold War Missions: Adjusting to Modern Conflict

On December 12, 2016, in Foreign Affairs, Public Safety and National Defence, United Nations, by senjaffer

When people refer to Second-Generation Peacekeeping, the term is often used in reference to peacekeeping that started after the start of the 1990s. War and conflict had truly changed- and in many cases, this sudden change led to events where innocent civilians were now at risk instead of militaries. The UN was often called upon […]

The Multinational Force and Observers

On December 7, 2016, in Foreign Affairs, Public Safety and National Defence, United Nations, by senjaffer

While UN missions like UNEF-1 during the Suez Crisis are usually raised as examples of early peacekeeping, the practice of peacekeeping was not restricted to the UN itself. For example, the Multinational Force and Observers peacekeeping force that was created to enforce the Egypt-Israel Treaty of Peace perfectly reflected the UN’s values and mission statement, […]

The Suez Canal Crisis

Canada is often credited with “inventing” peacekeeping in 1956 largely because of the role played by former Prime Minister and then-Secretary of State for External Affairs, Lester B. Pearson, backed by the United States, in defusing the Suez Crisis. Today’s post will take a closer look into what is widely known as Canada and the […]

UN Peacekeeping’s Origins and Cold-war Era Peacekeeping

When considering our committee’s study of UN peacekeeping missions and UN peace support operations, it is important to remember that the UN Charter does not actually mention their existence at all. Rather, they are a combination of 2 different chapters of the UN Charter. Peacekeeping sometimes get the nickname “Chapter 6.5 missions” since they combine […]

Introduction: The Report – UN Deployment: Prioritizing commitments at home and abroad

On November 30, 2016, in Foreign Affairs, Public Safety and National Defence, United Nations, by senjaffer

This Monday, I joined Senator Daniel Lang and Jean-Guy Dagenais in depositing a report by the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence. Our Committee’s report, UN Deployment: Prioritizing commitments at home and abroad, identifies several possible areas for Canada to play a significant role in UN peace support operations, including non-military contributions that […]

The Plight of the Yazidi People

Today, on the second anniversary of the brutal attack in Iraq known as the Sinjar Massacre, my thoughts are with the Yazidi people who had been displaced by the barbarism of ISIS. Two years ago, early in the morning, ISIS launched an attack on the town of Sinjar, the historic home of the Yazidi people […]

A Place to Call Home: The Plight of the Myanmar Rohingya – Pt. 8

Mohammed Ayuf is a 16-year old Myanmar Rohingya. Myanmar has been his family’s home for as long as they can trace back. His grandparents were born in Rakhine before World War II, and his parents were raised in Sittwe. His father, Shafiq Ahmed, remembers living in the city where there were dozens of mosques and […]