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Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
April 8, 2011

Dangerous Afghan Training Mission Warrants Election Debate

(Ottawa) A new report by analysts Michael Byers and Stewart Webb will raise questions about the new Canadian Forces training mission in Afghanistan. The report examines the considerable danger faced by members of the armed forces as they train members of the Afghan National Army. The report may prompt all federal parties to address the future of the Afghan mission in the election campaign.

Press Conference:

Monday, April 11, 2011

10:30 a.m.

Charles Lynch Room, Rm 130S

Centre Block, Parliament Buildings

Release of “Training Can Be Dangerous: A Realistic Assessment of the Proposed Canadian Mission to Train Afghan National Security Forces,” published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Rideau Institute.

Speakers:

Michael Byers holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia.

Stewart Webb is a Research Associate with the Salt Spring Forum who specializes in South Asian geopolitics and nuclear strategy.

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Steven Staples, President of the Rideau Institute

t. 613 565-9449 c. 613 290-2695 e. sstaples@rideauinstitute.ca

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