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

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

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The 2017 edition of the Kingston Conference on International Security will examine how best to advance soldier performance to maintain a competitive advantage. Achieving sustainable outcomes in operations relies on sound military strategy and weapons, but also on individual service members performing effectively across multidimensional roles. Looking to the future, senior military leaders and defence officials strive to develop ‘Super Soldiers’ understood as the enhancement of critical skills, from physical and cognitive abilities, to social, cultural and ethical understanding.

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Between Deterrence and Assurance: Understanding Canada's Role
CIDP Policy Workshop
May 11-12

Location: University Club @ Queen's, 168 Stuart Street

This workshop will gather scholars, policy experts, and practitioners to assess the evolving role and force posture of Canada, the United States and its allies with regards to conventional deterrence, missile defence and nuclear deterrence. The Canadian Defence Policy Review (DPR) exercise which was carried out in the Spring and Summer of 2016 took account of the new security environment and corresponding deterrence requirement. During DPR roundtables and related events, there was a clear realization that deterrence was back in the Canadian defence policy lexicon. Even with Canada’s prominent role as part of NATO’s forward presence, it is not yet clear what deterrence will entail: is it a return to the Cold War or will deterrence in a more hybrid conflict environment be fundamentally different? What is the respective importance of conventional forces, nuclear weapons and missile defence in upholding deterrence and reassurance? This workshop tackles these questions by examining three main angles:

  • First, experts will discuss how national and allied deterrence postures have adapted since the Wales Summit by comparing nuclear allies (the US, France and Germany) as well as non-nuclear allies (Canada, Germany, Italy).
  • Second, the workshop will assess the requirements of deterrence and reassurance, attempting to develop success metrics, which are tailored to the NATO context.
  • Third, participants will examine how Canadian policymakers can craft policy and strategic directives that update deterrence, while avoiding a return to the Cold War version.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Defence Engagement Program, Department of National Defence

The Gender Dimension of Veteran Reintgration Workshop
International Best Practices and the Way Forward
April 21

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

The province of Ontario has been identified as a hub for currently serving Canadian military personnel, as well as for veterans. While the federal government manages a number of services available to current and former military personnel, the province of Ontario has a shared responsibility in ensuring that veterans seeking to live and work in the region are able to access comprehensive transitional support. The transition services which are currently available tend to focus on the general provision of physical and mental rehabilitation services. However, to ensure that military personnel are successful when the re-integrate into civilian life – particularly in a professional context – it necessitates the inclusion of job retraining and professional mentorship for transition initiatives. Moreover, services have a tendency to overlook the differing needs of male and female veterans; as both men and women transition out of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and into civilian life, they are often faced with unique challenges which should be addressed by transition services.

For more information, visit the Gender Mainstreaming in the Military website.

This workshop is part of the Gender Mainstreaming in the Military research project (funded by the Government of Ontario), and is co-sponsored by the Defence Engagement Program, Department of National Defence.

Countering Violent Extremism and Terrorism Workshop
Assessing Canada's Domestic and International Strategies
January 18-19

Location: Delta Kingston Waterfront Hotel, Kingston

The purpose of this workshop was two-fold. First, stakeholders across Canada and the United States were brought together, as this workshop sought to bridge the gap between government and non-governmental actors. As a result of four panel discussions, a special edition volume will be submitted to the Journal of Military, Veteran, and Family Health (JMVFH) by CIMVHR. Second, the workshop connected a number of transitioning or recently transitioned female CAF personnel to mentors stemming from business, academic, service, and military backgrounds who have successfully transitioned into civilian life. As one of the first workshops of its kind to take place in Canada, this opportunity was a valuable asset to service providers, government officials, military personnel, academic researchers, and most importantly, female veterans in transition. The results of the mentorship pilot program will be consolidated in the form of a toolkit which will be developed to aid in transition initiatives. Additionally, an outcome report for the mentorship pilot outlining successes and future steps will be provided to aid in the ongoing development of this useful service.

For full details visit the CVE webpage.

The workshop and research have been supported by:

Public Safety Canada
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Embassy of the United States, Ottawa, Canada
Cachet Hospitality Group
Institute of Intergovernmental Relations
Centre for Study of Democracy and Diversity