Canadian Naval Review

Canadian Naval Review is published by the Centre for the Studies of Security and Defence (CSSD) at Dalhousie University. It is a professional journal examining a wide range of maritime security issues from a Canadian perspective. It focuses on strategic concepts, policies, historical perspectives and operations of the Canadian Navy, plus oceans policy, marine affairs and national security in general. This initiative brings together members of the Canadian defence and academic communities and is tied to the Centre’s broader focus on maritime security issues.

Canadian Naval Review has three primary objectives:

  • inform and facilitate discussion of the maritime dimensions of Canada’s national security;
  • provide a public forum for the discussion of Canada’s naval and maritime policies; and
  • provide a source for the public examination of Canadian naval and maritime history and for the development of lessons learned.

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UPCOMING Fall 2017 Issue (Volume 13, Number 3)

Canadian Naval Review
Vol. 13, No. 3 (2017)

Another issue of CNR is coming soon. The fall issue features an article considering what China is up to with its naval build up. It includes another article which – in the absence of a decision on which UN peacekeeping/peace support mission Canada should join – examines the case for using the Royal Canadian Navy to fulfill the Trudeau government’s pledge that Canada is ‘back.’ And, finally, it includes an article looking at maritime migration to the European Union and argues that the countries with which the EU has signed agreements to stop the migration have significant leverage over the EU. Making Waves is full of interesting commentaries, and on top of that, there are the usual fascinating columns and a selection of book reviews.

The issue will be available soon – keep your eyes on the CNR Twitter account for details (@CdnNavalReview). And see the full table of contents below.


Table of Contents

Volume 13, No. 3 (2017)

Editorial: Xue Long and the Northwest Passage, by Rob Huebert

China’s Nascent Blue-Water Navy: Angling Towards a Grand Bargain over Maritime Rules?, by Adam P. MacDonald

Canada is Back – Via the Navy?, by Ann Griffiths

The Gates of the Western Passage, by Andrew Bergel

Marking Waves

  • The RCN Post-Defence Policy Review: Headwinds or Tailwinds?, by Hugh Segal
  • A Rational Approach to New Navy Ships, by Pat Ambrose
  • Asymmetric Warfare Does Not Mean We can have Defence on the Cheap, by Vice-Admiral (Ret’d) Sir Jeremy Blackham
  • Guarding Against Engine Fires, by Chloe Kay
  • Update to the Article “Sea Trials”, by Jocelyn Sandhu

A View from the West: Naval Diplomacy in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region, by Daniel Baart

Dollars and Sense: Re-engaging in the Pacific with Helicopter Hangar Diplomacy, by Dave Perry

Warship Developments: RCN Operational Support Ships, by Doug Thomas

Book Reviews