About Roland Paris

Director of CIPS and Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Webpage.

Roland Paris

Canada’s Military Spending Is Now Less than Half of NATO’s Target

Last year I blogged about the decline in Canadian military spending as a percent of gross domestic product (GDP). The most recent figures at that time were for 2013. I noted that defence spending had fallen to 1.00 percent of GDP—down from 1.13 percent in 2006, when the Harper government entered office. In 2015, only four of NATO’s 28 members are expe… Read More

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A Foreign Policy for the Future

In the March issue of the Literary Review of Canada, I write about the future of Canada’s foreign policy in an open letter to the party leader who wins the 2015 federal election. Here’s an excerpt: Rather than maintaining the virtuous circle of effective bilateral and multilateral diplomacy, Canada has been marginalizing itself. It is on… Read More

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Canadian Mission Creep in Iraq? A CIPS Debate – Part 1

For Parts 2 and 3 of this CIPS debate, see the posts by Thomas Juneau and Philippe Lagassé. Published in the Globe and Mail, January 29, 2015 We recently learned that Canadian troops in Iraq are spending about 20 per cent of their effort close to, or right at, the front lines, that they have been calling in air strikes from those front-line positions, and that th… Read More

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Evolution or Escalation? Canada’s Military Operation in Iraq

In a new CIPS policy brief on Canada’s war in Iraq, Roland Paris addresses the following questions: Is Canada engaged in ground combat? Have we witnessed mission creep? Why should Canada (and other Western countries) limit their participation in ground combat in Iraq? Don’t Canadian trainers need to accompany Iraqi forces to the front lines… Read More

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The Greatest Risk to UN Peace Operations

The greatest risk to United Nations peace operations is not operational failure, but the growing divergence of opinion among countries that mandate, finance and supply personnel to these operations regarding the purposes and practices of peacekeeping itself. The UN currently runs 16 peacekeeping missions with roughly 103,000 uniformed personnel an… Read More

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Is It Possible to Meet ‘The Responsibility to Protect’?

Published on the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage Blog, December 9, 2014 These are difficult days for defenders of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine, which holds that the international community must be prepared to act when countries “manifestly fail to protect their populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crim… Read More

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Are Canadians Still Liberal Internationalists?

I recently wrote in the Globe and Mail that we shouldn’t expect to see a warming in Canada’s relations with the United Nations, which have been chilly since the Harper government failed to win a seat for Canada on the Security Council in 2010. In that article, I mentioned that I’d done some research into the question of whether Canadians… Read More

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Canada’s Decade of Diplomatic Darkness

Published in the Globe and Mail, Sept. 24, 2014 When Prime Minister Stephen Harper addresses the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, observers should not expect a warming in Canada’s attitude toward the world body. Since Mr. Harper failed to win Canada a Security Council seat in 2010, he and his ministers have derided the UN for its “moral rela… Read More

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