Defence Support of Humanitarian Operations: Practice before Theory

Richard Cohen

President, RSC Strategic Connections and
Former Senior Advisor to the Minister of National Defence

In this talk, Richard Cohen considers how Canadian government policy on CanadaŐs role in international disaster relief changed in light of the experiences of the Haiti earthquake of 2010. With clear implications for policymakers, Cohen posits that this experience is an example of how realities on the ground sometimes drive policy rather than vice versa.

Richard Cohen is President of RSC Strategic Connections. He is also a Senior Associate in the Ottawa Office of Hill and Knowlton and a Senior Fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, the Canadian Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies, and the Centre for Security and Defence Studies, at Carleton University. Cohen is also a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). A graduate of the Royal Military College, Kingston, and Imperial College, London, where he studied under an Earl of Athlone Fellowship, Cohen has served in the Canadian Army as an infantry and parachute officer in the PPCLI and the Canadian Airborne Regiment. In 1973, he transferred to the British Army where he served in the Light Infantry, the Brigade of Gurkhas and in a wide variety of operational command and staff appointments around the world. In 2007, he joined the office of the Minister of National Defence, Peter MacKay, as the MinisterŐs Senior Defence Advisor. He returned to the private sector in 2011.

Thursday, 12 January 2012
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Senate Boardroom, Robertson Hall 608
Carleton University
Metered public parking is available
in Parking Garage P9, adjacent to Robertson Hall
Light sandwich lunch will be provided.
Registration is requested by Monday, 9 January 2012
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