No one will deny that the situation in Syria is dire. In July, the United Nations estimated that over 100,000 have died since the conflict began. Reports continue to mount on the use of torture and chemical weapons.
This raises the question: what role, if any, should Canada play in Syria's humanitarian crisis? From engaging actively in armed intervention to focusing efforts on facilitating political settlement, Canada faces a number of decisions relating to its involvement in the Syrian crisis. These decisions, and others, could have serious implications, not just for Canada but regional security and the international community.
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Gen the Hon. Roméo Dallaire
Roméo Dallaire was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 2005 and and is a retired Canadian Army Lieutenant-General. Notably, he was appointed Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda prior to and during the 1994 genocide. A devoted humanitarian, LGen Dallaire is President of the Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire Foundation; founder of the Child Soldiers Initiative, a project aimed at eradicating the use of child soldiers; an outspoken advocate for human rights; a respected champion of genocide prevention initiatives, the Responsibility to Protect doctrine, and nuclear non-proliferation, as well as the best-selling author of Shake Hands with the Devil and They Fight Like Soldiers; They Die Like Children. LGen Dallaire is an Officer of the Order of Canada and recipient of the United Nations Association of Canada’s Pearson Peace Medal.
With a distinguished career in Canadian diplomacy — including posts as permanent representative to the United Nations, ambassador to Germany, and adviser to Prime Ministers Mulroney and Trudeau -- Paul Heinbecker is one of Canada’s most experienced commentators on foreign policy and international governance. With the Centre for International Governance Innovation since 2004, Paul is also the director of the Centre for Global Relations at Wilfrid Laurier University. Paul has authored, edited and contributed to a number of books and articles on international relations, especially on the UN, and authored the book, Getting Back in the Game: A Foreign Policy Playbook for Canada. He has also written op-eds for Canadian and foreign periodicals, made presentations to Canadian parliamentary committees, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Canadian Forces Staff College, and numerous
institutions around the world.
Dr. Bessma Momani
Dr. Bessma Momani is an Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo and Balsillie School of International Affairs. She is both Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Ontario and the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C. She has been a visiting scholar at Georgetown University’s Mortara Center and at the Amman Institute, a research centre to improve local governance in the Middle East. Bessma has received a number of awards for her research and work. She is a Fulbright Scholar and co-authored Canada and the Middle East: In Theory and Practice. Bessma is also a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post online magazine and is a regular media contributor, having done over 300 live interviews, including with CBC, CTV, Al Jazeera and BBC.
Rafal Rohozinski is co-founder and principal of The SecDev Group, a recognized leader in complex analytics. Prior to founding SecDev, Rohozinski spent 17 years working in an operational capacity in 37 countries including conflict zones in the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and Africa. Rohozinski previously served as director of the Advanced Network Research Group, University of Cambridge. He is the cofounder of the OpenNet Initiative and Information Warfare Monitor, and co-author of the Ghostnet study of Chinese cyber-espionage.
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