Conflict Regions

By Banke Sorinwa, Blog Writer A child soldier is defined as any child under 18 years of age who is part of any kind of regular or irregular armed force or armed group in any capacity, including: cooks, porters, messengers, and anyone accompanying such groups other than family members as well as girls and boys… Read More


Special Policy Team Guest Post by Moatasim Tungekar On September 30, 2015, two Russian Sukhoi Su-24M bombers  struck a series of alleged ‘terrorist’ targets near the cities of Homs and Hama, in Syria. This made Russia the eleventh country to launch airstrikes against Syria this year; it was preceded by Canada, the United States, France, Australia,… Read More


Special Guest Post by Policy Team Member Mark Gulla Earlier this year, it was reported that ISIS carried out the destruction of several historical sites in Iraq and Syria that had been deemed World Heritage sites by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  In February, the group known as the Islamic State… Read More


Special Policy Contribution – Policy Researcher Amy Reidy The stateless Rohingya ethnic minority has been described as some of ‘the world’s most persecuted people’. Recently their plight has been gaining international attention as thousands risk their lives to escape the systematic discrimination they face in Myanmar by fleeing to Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Although this… Read More


Celine McGarvey, Blog Writer Last week, STAND Canada offered a summary of the horror that has engulfed Syria since 2011. The refugee crisis that has resulted from this ongoing conflict has been at the forefront of Canadian and international media as world governments struggle to respond. As the Canadian election campaign nears its conclusion, refugee… Read More