Steven Staples presents to Canadian Defence Academy and Royal Military College of Canada’s seminar on Civil-Military Relations

(Ottawa) For the second year, Rideau Institute President Steven Staples will address foreign military representatives participating in the Canadian Defence Academy and Royal Military College’s annual seminar on Civil-Military Relations (CMR).

The aim of the seminar is to provide participating senior foreign military officers and government officials with an overview of contemporary civil-military relations, from both a Canadian and a global perspective.

“This event brings together senior military leaders from countries where civil society organizations play little, if any, role in shaping their national defence policies,” said Staples. “It’s my hope that our work at the Rideau Institute can show that civil society organizations can contribute positively and help to improve policies in their home countries.”

According to the project’s organizers, the seminar is designed to support a number of the activities carried out to achieve the four key objectives of the Directorate of Military Training and Cooperation (DMTC):

a. To enhance peace support operations interoperability among Canada’s partners to lessen the operational burden on Canada.

b. To expand and reinforce Canadian bilateral defence relations.

c. To promote Canadian democratic principles, the rule of law, and the protection of human rights in the international arena.

d. To achieve influence in areas of strategic interest to Canada.

For more information on the seminar, see http://everitas.rmcclub.ca/?p=47905

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