Contemporary Threats to Canada and the Canadian Forces


  • Scott Fitzsimmons Department of Political Science, University of Calgary


This paper draws attention to a number of pressing threats faced by Canada and the Canadian Forces, which range from the physical to the fiscal, and discusses existing and proposed attempts to address these threats. These threats include those posed by private security contractors in Afghanistan, pirates off the Horn of Africa, foreign states in disputed areas of the Arctic, and the current economic downturn within Canada. The paper concludes that Canadian defence planners must expand the scope of their threat analysis to focus greater attention on non-traditional actors and factors.

Author Biography

Scott Fitzsimmons, Department of Political Science, University of Calgary

Scott Fitzsimmons is a PhD candidate in the University of Calgary's Department of Political Science where he is conducting research on mercenaries and theories of military performance.




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