Canada Commits Peacekeepers to Mali, but Still Falls Short of Trudeau’s Promises

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and U.N. Undersecretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix stand together at a U.N. peacekeeping conference, Vancouver, Canada, November 15, 2017 (The Canadian Press photo by Darryl Dyck).
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and U.N. Undersecretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix stand together at a U.N. peacekeeping conference, Vancouver, Canada, November 15, 2017 (The Canadian Press photo by Darryl Dyck).
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In mid-March, Canada announced it would be sending 250 troops and six helicopters on a 12-month deployment to support the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali, which is considered the deadliest peacekeeping mission in the world. Since 2013, 162 troops from the U.N. mission in Mali, known as MINUSMA, have been killed by al-Qaida and other extremists. Canada’s involvement in international peacekeeping has lagged in recent years, but shortly after taking office in 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised that his government would commit 600 troops to U.N. peacekeeping missions. In an email interview, Simon Palamar, a research fellow on […]

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