Centre for International and Defence Policy

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


  • Confederation Harbour Martello Tower Kingston
    Martello Tower at sunset, Confederation Basin, Kingston

Recent Events

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

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

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

This workshop gathered 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 tackled these questions by examining three main angles:

  • Experts will discussed 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).
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  • Participants examined 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 Re-intgration 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.

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 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 Ministry of Innovation, Government of Ontario, and is co-sponsored by the Defence Engagement Program, Department of National Defence.

CIDP/Fulbright Community Outreach Initiative-Conference
Beyond Model UN: Increasing Understanding of International Relations
April 11-13

Location: Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute [KCVI]

The purpose of this community outreach event is to bring Queen’s University political scientist and students to help inform, inspire, and empower youth interested in international affairs. In partnership with the Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute High School (KCVI), the CIDP and Fulbright Canada are working to provide information and resources to over 120 high school students who are attending KCVI’s annual Model United Nations conference. Professor Stéfanie von Hlatky will deliver the first keynote address discussing UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and the need for more women to serve as peacekeepers, and Professor Kim Nossal will deliver the second keynote address discussing what the Trump presidency means for the future of the UN. Professors von Hlatky and Nossal will also informally participate in the tournament to directly interact with the conference participants and help select delegate awards. Our visiting Fulbright Scholar Josh Tupler will address the conference to discuss opportunities for international exchange for high school students and local events about foreign affairs in the Kingston area.

This event was sponsored by the Fulbright Canada Community Leadership Program.

The Fulbright Canada-U.S. Embassy in Ottawa Community Leadership Program provides small grants to alumni of Fulbright Canada programs and other United States Government exchange programs to partner with local organizations in order to make a significant positive social impact in a Canadian community through volunteer-based projects.

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

Location: Delta Kingston Waterfront Hotel, Kingston

The evolving threat of global terrorism has given rise to complex challenges with both domestic and international dimensions. Trends such as the foreign fighter phenomenon, the rampant spread of extremist ideologies online and within communities, and a dramatic increase in terrorist incidents worldwide, have necessitated a more holistic approach to counter violent extremism and terrorism. The field of countering violent extremism (CVE) and the application of preventative, soft power strategies that address the drivers of radicalization have come to the forefront of efforts to combat these threats.

While existing scholarship features extensive research on the potential of CVE strategies, formal program evaluation methodologies remain lacking, complicating the policy making process in this area and undermining the effectiveness of subsequent initiatives. This project will address this critical gap by organizing an international, multidisciplinary workshop, entitled “Countering Violent Extremism and Terrorism: Assessing Canada’s Domestic and International Strategies”. At the event, experts from various sectors, including academia, government, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s, think tanks), will gather to critically assess the state of CVE and CT strategies, and will help develop success metrics that can be used by current and future stakeholders of CVE and CT initiatives. 

The workshop and research have been supported by:

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