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The global threat environment has changed drastically since the release of "Strong, Secure, Engaged," which outlined the Canadian Government's long-term defense strategy in 2017. Five years on, Canada's military is mired in longstanding procurement challenges, high-level sexual misconduct scandals, and aging equipment in need of replacement or repair. 

In the second instalment of Thinking Canada, Canada Institute Global Fellow Richard Sanders provides a snapshot of Canada's defense posture and an outline of the challenges Ottawa faces at home and abroad, including Russian belligerence in Eastern Europe, China's conduct in the Indo-Pacific, and the obsoletion of detection systems by hypersonic weapons.

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Richard Sanders

Richard Sanders

Global Fellow;
Former member of the Senior Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State
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Bound by common geopolitical interests and strong economic and cultural ties, Canada and the United States enjoy the world's most successful bilateral relationship. The Wilson Center's Canada Institute is the only public policy forum in the world dedicated to the full spectrum of Canada-U.S. issues. The Canada Institute is a global leader for policymakers, academics and business leaders to engage in non-partisan, informed dialogue about the current and future state of the relationship.     Read more