After Afghanistan: Sustaining Support for Canadian Hard Power

Colin Robertson

Abstract


The Canadian Armed Forces are likely our most respected institution. But what happens when the war ends and the soldiers come home and return to peacetime life and they're not on the front pages anymore? And governments are returning to deficit cutting so the military will be a very ripe target. How do we avoid making them our 'peace dividend'? CDFAI Senior Research Fellow Colin Robertson is a recently retired career diplomat who served in New York, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and in Washington and he will offer a perspective on the challenges and what we need to do to sustain support for a strong, muscular Canadian Armed Forces.

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