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(2020,
issue 1)
CASEY BRUNELLE

Whether we like it or not, systemic relations, transactions, and clashes between people and polities across the globe rarely have the consideration to pause for our convenience (or global pandemics). One’s understanding of conflict must continually be challenged in order to be relevant when it is needed most. Through a historical evaluation of the foreign policy objectives of the three major pre-Islamic iterations of Iranian dominance, this essay concludes that many of the historical lessons can be accurately applied today.

(2020,
issue 000)
CASEY BRUNELLE

Since its 1979 revolution, the Islamic Republic of Iran has garnered a reputation among global powers as the model of a so-called “rogue nation” or a “pariah state.” Orchestrating a range of covert actions in the Middle East, from propping up Shia militia groups in Iraq and funding Hezbollah to allegedly bombing foreign oil assets in the Persian Gulf and clandestinely developing a nuclear capability, the ayatollahs have committed themselves to a campaign frequently labelled as bombastic and illogical, serving only to push Iran further away from international acceptance. This paper argues that such strategic and operational measures are driven neither by political shortsightedness nor revolutionary fanaticism, but rather are a calculated policy that seeks to reassert Iran as a regional powerbroker capable of unilaterally determining events in this volatile crossroads of the world, just like its Persian forebearers of classical antiquity. Through a historical evaluation of the foreign policy objectives of the three major pre-Islamic iterations of Iranian dominance – the Achaemenid, Parthian, and Sassanid empires – this essay concludes that many of the historical precedents of these ancient states mirror that of the modern Islamic Republic, and that the same lessons of their respective formations and demises can be accurately applied to the “Iran Question” today.

(2018,
issue 4)
CASEY BRUNELLE

FrontLine looks at the effectiveness of simulation and virtual reality training for officers.

(2018,
issue 1)
CASEY BRUNELLE

Effective police training solutions rely on replicating the tactical challenges of response and the importance of informed decision-making strategies. Innovative simulation technologies provide the most advanced training possible.

(2017,
issue 5)
CASEY BRUNELLE

The Air Mobility Training Centre is one of the most advanced and innovative facilities in the world, and is located at CFB Trenton.

(2016,
issue 3)
CASEY BRUNELLE

WWII Spitfire and Hurricane pilot epitomizes the dedication and humility of wartime service.

(2016,
issue 2)
CASEY BRUNELLE

History is replete with examples of brilliant military deception at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels, alike. Can lessons be applied today?

(2016,
issue 00)
CASEY BRUNELLE

To state that tensions between Russia and NATO have risen markedly in the last several years does little to improve understanding and insight of political realities.

(2016,
issue 00)
CASEY BRUNELLE

The recent Republican debate began with a quote from George Washington: “truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains taken to bring it to light.”

(2016,
CASEY BRUNELLE

From all facets across the political spectrum, Donald Trump has been described as both the best and worst thing to happen to U.S. politics.

(2015,
issue 00)
CASEY BRUNELLE

The recent Paris attacks reminds the world once again of the very real and evolving threat of militant extremism both at home and abroad.

(2012,
issue 4)
CASEY BRUNELLE

Approximately 600 Canadian Soldiers from 33 Canadian Brigade Group participated in this year's training event for maintaining and honing both individual and group skills at the tactical and operational levels.

(2010,
issue 5)
CASEY BRUNELLE

Canada's Army helps government workers and interested members of the defence community get a little better understanding of a soldier's lifestyle.