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More questions than answers on the Rideau Hall ‘incident’

Former CSIS analyst explain why, when we have so little to go on, it is best to refrain from pronouncing judgment on a violent incident.

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Why can’t some people just call terrorists ‘terrorists’?

While there is no question that the term terrorism is overused, there are puzzling occasions on which it is not used at all.

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Our problem with China is much bigger than the fate of the two Michaels

This contribution was published on The Hill Times on July 6, 2020 CSIS has warned about China’s activities for decades and those warnings have been shunted aside. China is not Canada’s friend. It is a serial human rights abuser in Xinjiang against Uyghur Muslims. OTTAWA, CANADA — You have to feel for the families of […]

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What makes a good analyst?

There is far too much information to process: what is the analysts’ best way to wade through it all?

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Terrorism is becoming complicated… again!

When you hear someone say that terrorism has ‘changed’ and that we have to change with it be skeptical. Nothing really has changed over 150 years with the sole exception of technology.

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‘Peace in our time’, Afghan style?

Why military interventions are hard to evaluate, especially ones in really broken lands like Afghanistan.

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When everything is seen as terrorism, nothing is terrorism

Terrorism means many things to many people and we may be heading down an unhelpful pathway.

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Intelligence and the next pandemic

The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought into the foreground the need to plan for the next one and the role of intelligence agencies.

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A rare look at what keeps CSIS up at night

We all know why CSIS is not an open book but when it does give us a peek behind the curtain we do learn a lot.

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Privacy and our spy agencies

Spies act in the shadows for obvious reasons: does this mean they are constrained by privacy issues?