The Centre for International and Defence Policy was established in 1975 as the Queen’s Centre for International Relations under the directorship of Nils Ørvik. Its mandate, then as now, was to conduct research in matters of national and international security and other aspects of international relations. It supports teaching in the field of security and defence and, through its publications and activities of its members, contributes to public debate on Canadian foreign and defence policy, and on issues of international peace and security. In 2011, the Centre’s name was changed to reflect more clearly the range of its interests as a research unit in the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University.
The Centre’s significant strengths in research come from the rich diversity of the Fellows attached to the Centre. Most are drawn from units of Kingston’s two universities: Policy Studies, Political Studies, and History at Queen’s, and War Studies, History, and Politics and Economics at the Royal Military College of Canada. The Centre has a number of External Fellows, and regularly hosts a number of post-doctoral fellows. Among our Fellows are retired ambassadors, former senior government officials, and retired senior officers in the Canadian Armed Forces.
The Centre also hosts Visiting Defence Fellows from the Canadian Armed Forces, the U.S. Army, and the Bundeswehr,the German defence force. These officers bring a fresh, practical and international perspective to the work of the Centre.
Kingston Conference on International Security
The Centre partners with the Land Force Doctrine and Training System of the Canadian Forces, and the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College to hold the annual Kingston Conference on International Security. Recent topics include:
International and Defence Policy Seminar Series
The Centre’s lunchtime International and Defence Policy Seminars provide an opportunity to exchange ideas with visiting speakers. Visitors have included government officials, visiting scholars, and Centre Fellows.
Other events sponsored or co-sponsored by the Centre include:
Publications are the most important and enduring way that the Centre contributes to public understanding of Canada’s foreign and defence policies, and on issues of international peace and security.
Over the years, the Centre has supported the publication of books on a range of issues in national security and international relations. Among our titles:
In addition, the Centre publishes two monograph series. Martello Papers focus on security studies, and cover a wide range of contemporary international issues.
Claxton Papers focus on defence policy and defence management.
The Centre’s Occasional Papers are article-length works directed at the policy community and the broader public.
For a complete list of the Centre’s publications, click here.