Badescu, Cristina G.
September 2010
Canadian Foreign Policy (CFP);2010, Vol. 16 Issue 2, p45
Academic Journal
While its contributions to the United Nations have been many and varied, Canada has a distinct, consistent, and longstanding legacy as a leader in international peacekeeping and, more recently, as a promoter of civilian protection and other human security-related issues. This paper sets out to examine how this traditional Canadian preoccupation with UN peace operations has fared in the face of growing skepticism about the value of UN multilateralism. Over the last decade, traditional peacekeeping has faded from view for many Canadians, just as UN missions faced more conflicts with more complex and dangerous mandates than ever before, challenging the world body and its members to train, equip, and operate their missions adequately. This paper begins by describing how Canada's current commitments to the United Nations are located within a long tradition of providing for international peace and security. It discusses the framework that has defined Canada's approach to UN security issues since the 1950s, and suggests that an underlying set of ideas about the importance of human security and civilian protection has survived the recent so-called revolution in Canadian security policy, and continues to help shape Canada's current commitments to the United Nations. These contributions, examined in the second part of the paper, are discussed in relation to four separate categories related to peace operations: deployment of troops; policy support; operational cooperation, including training, capacity building, and police; and financial support. Building on this conceptual framework and the country's existing commitments would give Canada an important and re-invigorated role at the United Nations. While Ottawa searches for a new international security policy following the withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2011, reallocating some of the resources from Afghanistan toward UN-led operations is one concrete option for re-invigorating Canada's engagement with the United Nations.


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