Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute

Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute

March 11, 2008 12:52 ET

The Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute (CDFAI) Releases a Series of Articles by Prominent Canadians on Afghanistan

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 11, 2008) - In anticipation of Thursday's Parliamentary vote on the Afghanistan mission, one of Canada's leading think-tanks, The Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute (CDFAI), today released a special edition of its quarterly newsletter, "The Dispatch," focusing on Afghanistan.

This latest edition of The Dispatch focuses primarily, although not exclusively, on Canada's mission in Afghanistan. There are eight articles authored by prominent Canadians that appear:

- Book Review of The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan after the Taliban by Sarah Chayes - David Pratt.

- Realism and the War - Jack Granatstein. Canadians who oppose the Canadian military operation in Afghanistan do so for erroneous reasons and place unrealistic expectations on the CF.

- Canadian Forces' first priority in Afghanistan is not transport helicopters - Bob Bergen.

- NORAD's Indefinite Future? - James Fergusson.

- The Canadian Exit from Afghanistan and the Taliban Strategy - Rob Huebert. The Canadian withdrawal date from Afghanistan in 2011 is based on three assumptions that could actually lead to the reinstatement of the Taliban.

- Pakistan: The Pivotal State in the War on Terror - David Carment.

- After the Revolution: Stabilization, Security, Transformation and Reconstruction Operations in American Military Policy - John Ferris.

- The Manley Report and Public Support for the Afghanistan Mission: More than a Problem of Communication - Stephane Roussel and Stephen M. Saideman. The lack of communication of the Canadian government is not the sole reason for the public's ambivalence towards Canada's military mission in Afghanistan.

To view the complete newsletter online, please visit

CDFAI is a "think tank" pursuing authoritative research and new ideas aimed at ensuring Canada has a respected and influential voice in the international arena.

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