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 […]

Climate Change and the Right to Self Determination

Last week the United Nations Conference on Climate Change concluded, but now our work begins. I encourage you to learn more about what came of the conference, and look at some of the progress that was made: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/paris-agreement-key-climate-points-1.3362500 . One thing we need to keep in mind is the fact that climate change is largely […]

Climate Change and the Right to Life

Check out the infographic below This is the final week of the Paris Climate Change conference. As such, I will be writing my last two blog posts on the topic of human rights and climate change. The remaining two rights I will examine are more broad than the previous ones. So far, I have examined the right […]