Robert Barrett, PhD
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Dr. Robert Barrett is an analyst, writer, and commentator on issues of security and foreign affairs, and is the recipient of eleven major academic awards for his work on recruitment and indoctrination into armed groups.

Robert is the co-founder of De Novo Group Inc. an enterprise that brings together proven thought leaders from various vocational backgrounds to analyze and propose collaborative solutions to some of the world's most complex challenges.

Robert’s perspectives on conflict have been explored and published in a wide variety of industries – from foreign policy to astronaut training.

Dr. Barrett is also a commercial pilot with over 10,000 hours of flying time and has applied many components of pilot training and crew resource management (CRM) to team performance. This theme is also supported by Robert’s past experience as an elite-level athlete on Canada’s Cross-country ski team.

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Separate the People of Gaza from the Problem

(9) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 1:06 PM

This past week, in Calgary, a large pro-Palestinian rally turned ugly when demonstrators verbally and then physically assaulted a small group of Israeli supporters. According to eye witness reports, several supporters of Israel were attacked, including a woman who was punched in the face, a man who suffered...

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The Rise of Low-Cost Terrorism

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2013 | 11:58 AM

One could be excused for being a little confused about the recently promoted label: "Al-Qaeda-inspired terrorist." Were old-fashioned Al-Qaeda terrorists not inspired by their cause? I confess to being one of the label-pushers during numerous media appearances that sought to make sense of the tragic Boston marathon bomb attacks.


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Beware Syria, Here's Why Ceasefires Fail

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2012 | 8:16 AM

A number of years ago, I was asked to help facilitate a weekend retreat for UN diplomats in upstate New York. Attendees were to discuss the nature and complexity of multilateral negotiation. The green forested hills, trickling streams, and deep fireside armchairs were artfully offered up as nature's muse --...

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Occupy Wall Street Is Not the Arab Spring

(9) Comments | Posted October 18, 2011 | 4:52 PM

This past weekend, the much-hyped Occupy Wall Street campaign went viral -- if only there was an easy cure. Certainly, it does not take a wild imagination to understand the deep grievances of the protesters.

The once mighty and unparalleled American economy now wheezes and sputters, political blame-games in Washington...

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Is Nigeria Ready For al Qaeda?

(5) Comments | Posted September 6, 2011 | 3:46 PM

The devastating bomb blast that rocked the United Nations building in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, marks a significant change of course for Boko Haram, the African nation's most notorious outlaw extremist group. It may also mark a significant new direction for al Qaeda, who, in the wake...

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Why We Need to Leave Afghanistan

(1) Comments | Posted June 29, 2011 | 2:42 PM

In what surely marks the beginning of the end of American military involvement in Afghanistan, U.S. President Barack Obama delivered the much anticipated announcement that he intends to bring home 33,000 American troops from the war-torn country. While the Canadian military is already packing its bags, France, Britain,...

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NATO's Future Is America's Dilemma

(3) Comments | Posted June 16, 2011 | 1:53 PM

This past week, in an unprecedented moment of diplomatic candor, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates heaped heavy criticism on European nations for their apparent incapability and unwillingness to pull their weight within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Gates' comments have sparked heavy debate...

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Is Yemen the Next Afghanistan?

(5) Comments | Posted May 31, 2011 | 7:29 PM

The conflict crisis in the divided and impoverished coastal state of Yemen has taken a turn for the worse amidst reports that several hundred al Qaeda sponsored Islamic extremists have taken control of the oceanside city of Zinjibar. This is a deep setback and critical turning point in...

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Libya: Should We Stay or Should We Go?

(4) Comments | Posted May 26, 2011 | 8:00 AM

This coming month, Canada's newly elected MPs will have to vote on whether to extend our participation in the NATO-led aerial campaign in Libya. For many MPs, this vote -- which will occur mere days into their new mandate -- will surely be amongst their most significant. For our newest...

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