Canadian Involvement in the Spanish Civil War as a Case Study for Understanding Foreign Fighter Flow
Technical Report,25 Jun 2018,23 May 2019
US Army School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States
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The phenomenon of foreign fighter flow continues to negatively impact Canadian interests by complicating inter-state relations and eroding public trust in the governments ability to protect its citizens. This study analyzes the case of Canadian volunteers in the Spanish Civil War specifically, what motivated them to participate in the conflict, what characteristics they had in common, what the public perception was, and the efficacy of measures taken by the Canadian government before, during, and after their participation. Contrasting this case study against more modern examples of Canadian foreign fighter flow allows military planners to understand them within their historical context and aid in the development of future strategies to combat this problem.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics