Centre for International and Defence Policy

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

Our Mission

The Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP) is one of the most active research centres in Canada on foreign and defence policy issues. The core mission of the CIDP is to inform public debates related to international engagement, security cooperation and the military. The CIDP leverages its location in Kingston to build strategic partnerships with the armed forces. The Centre hosts three visiting defence fellows from Canada, the United States and Germany, who are active duty military officers contributing to our research and teaching activities. 

The Centre’s goal is to be among the best research centres in Canada working on questions of international and defence policy issues, and to continue to be recognized for

  • the provision of a conducive environment for research, analysis, reflection and discussion of international and defence policy issues by a diverse group of Centre Fellows, including faculty members of Queen’s University and Royal Military College of Canada; Visiting Defence Fellows who are routinely seconded to the Centre from the Canadian Armed Forces, the U.S. Army, and the German Bundeswehr; post-doctoral fellows; and former government officials;
  • high-quality research and publication on international and defence policy issues;
  • its contribution to education, including the supervision of post-doctoral fellows, the supervision of research projects related to national and international security undertaken by graduate students, and the teaching of undergraduate and graduate students at Queen’s University and the Royal Military College of Canada; and
  • service to Canadian society, locally and nationally, in engaging the public, debating issues of foreign and defence policy, and fostering networks among research institutions and other non-governmental organizations in the field of national and international security.