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Glen Pearson

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A Unique Commitment With a Powerful Champion

Posted on September 15, 2017

Yesterday’s story by Toronto Star’s Tonda McCharles on the possibility of Canada’s peacekeeping future being tied with the demilitarization of child soldiers could represent a clear departure for this country’s foreign agenda. Two key influencers have come together to move Canada in that direction. The first is the UN Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial forum to be held in Vancouver in November, and the second is the redoubtable General Roméo Dallaire.   The global forum, designed to gain pledges from the participating nations towards peacekeeping, will be interested in Canadian input since this country’s participation on that file has been under review for an extended time. Still, the idea of having a rapid deployment military unit that can move quickly and be trained on preventing the recruitment…

A Lion in Winter

Posted on June 3, 2014

  Below is my new Huffington Post piece on the retirement of Romeo Dallaire and its implications for Canadian politics and the world.  You can go directly to the piece by linking here. IN WHAT ULTIMATELY BECAME THE DEFINING occasion of his life, General Romeo Dallaire knew he was alone – without a clear mandate, sufficient resources, or even a sense of moral responsibility from world leaders. He had journeyed to Rwanda to implement the high ideals of human rights rhetoric in a manner that would protect a nation from destroying itself. We all know what happened – 800,000 killed, genocide on a significant scale, and dreams of international human security lying in ruins. Leading the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR), he had…

Romeo Dallaire and Using Depression

Posted on December 5, 2013

Here is a copy of my Huffington Post piece published today on Romeo Dallaire and his struggle with depression.   When I read that Romeo Dallaire had been in a car accident on Parliament Hill just outside of East Block, I wondered if it was due to fatigue.  I have never known him to be anything other than fully occupied and frequently exhausted in the course of his heavy schedule.  Later, when he confirmed he had fallen asleep and that he was haunted by the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide about to be commemorated in April, it all made sense.  And it will only get worse when he flies back to that nation in a few months, visits the gravesites, witnesses again the countless…

Dignitas, Gravitas, Veritas

Posted on November 26, 2012

General Romeo Dallaire was in town last week to deliver the Claude and Elaine Pensa Lecture on Human Rights at Western University’s Faculty of Law – an annual event. We hadn’t seen one another for 18 months and we both missed the days of working together on international issues in both the House of Commons and the Senate. He spoke to a packed lecture room filled with students, faculty, lawyers and just interested citizens.  Looking around the venue, I spotted Conservatives, Liberals, NDP, and one former Green Party candidate – an eclectic mix. It was all sponsored by Harrison Pensa – a well-known legal firm that crosses the political spectrum in practical ways that cooperate in order to better the local community – kind…

Kony, Dallaire, and the Future of Child Soldiers

Posted on March 14, 2012

As the KONY 2012 phenomenon slowly abates, lingering questions remain as to its effectiveness and the deeper issues that lie beneath the reality of child soldiers. The Huffington Post requested that I produce four blog postings in response the KONY 2012 debate. Link here to read the third post –  Canadian senator Romeo Dallaire has taken the long-term, systemic approach to bring about an international effort to eradicate the practice of recruiting child soldiers. In a time of KONY 2012, his thoughts are important in finding an effective way ahead.