Civil-Military Relationships in Canada – NGOs, the Media, and Local Publics

Relations civilo-militaires au Canada – ONG, médias et publics locaux

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Authors
  1. Ball, L.C.
  2. Febbraro, A.R.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Increasingly, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have had to enter into relationships with different sectors of civilian society due to the new style of conflict in the post-Cold War era. This new era brings with it new realities and new considerations for the CAF: non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are proliferating exponentially; the role of the media is becoming more complex in this new context; and civilians (i.e., local populations) themselves may at times be the very enemy that the military faces. This report will address the history of civil-military relationships, with particular attention paid to NGOs and their history of involvement with the CAF land forces. To compile this report, over 90 books, articles, and websites were consulted. The report indicates that civil-military relationships have not been optimal. However, it is acknowledged that the CAF has made significant improvements, particularly in their relationship with transnational NGOs. Following this review, suggestions are made for future attempts at civil-military cooperation.

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Keywords
civil-miltary relationships;non-governmental organizations (NGOs);Joint-Interagency-Multinational-Public (JIMP);Canadian Forces (CF)
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-TR-2013-014 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Mar 2013
Number of Pages
45
DSTKIM No
CA038247
CANDIS No
538302
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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