Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
Centre for International and Defence Policy


Coming Events

2018 Kingston International Humanitarian Law Conference:
Vulnerabilities in Armed Conflict: exploring child soldiers and sex as a weapon of war
March 9, 2018

Location: Conference Room 202, Robert Sutherland Hall, Queen's University

Date/Time: Friday, March 9th, 2018. 1pm - 5:30 pm

Join us as we uncover the role that International Humanitarian Law (IHL) plays when looking at issues concerning the use of child soldiers in situations of armed conflict, and the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.  This conference will bring together experts from the field, including academics, practitioners and representatives from the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement.


Recent Events

Gender, Women and International Security Workshop
Research Workshop
October 4-6, 2017

Location: Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceaux

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Sponsored by:

NATO Defence College

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Defence Engagement Program
Department of National Defence

Kingston Conference on International Security 2017 [KCIS]
Developing the Super Soldier: Enhancing Military Performance
June 12-14

Location: The Residence Inn by Marriott, Kingston Water's Edge

The 2017 edition of the Kingston Conference on International Security addressed themes associated with developing 'Super Soldiers', understood as the enhancement of critical skills, physical and cognitive abilities, social, cultural, and ethical understanding.  Conference speakers addressed optimization, intervention, and augmentation techniques and technologies to enhance soldiers.  The 'vision horizon' for implementation included current (what various western armies are doing), to near-term (available now for adaptation), and future (exploratory enhancements that need further development).  Key senior military leaders participating in the conference included: LTG Christine Whitecross, MajGen Simon Hetherington, Major-General Mike Rouleau, Major-General Wayne Eyre, Brigadier General (Ret) Peter J. Palmer, and COL Derek Basinger.  The conference effectively provided an international outreach forum to bridge the scholar-practitioner gap through academic engagement; it met the intended objective of facilitating international security cooperation dialogue on themes that affect land forces.

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For more information and to view the presentations visit the KCIS website