Centre for International and Defence Policy

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


Coming Events

Engendering International Security Conference:
The Role of Women in International Development at the UN and in NATO
March 16, 2018

Location: Bishop's University

Date/Time: Friday, March 16th, 2018.

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This conference aims at identifying and assessing key challenges in engendering international security through international development, UN activities in conflict settings and in NATO peace support missions. Better integrating gender perspectives is key for all endeavours towards international security. In 2001, a cornerstone report entitled “Engendering Development”, published co-jointly by the World Bank and Oxford University Press, urged policymakers to promote gender equality as an essential part of development effectiveness.

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau

Keynote Address by:

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau

Minister of International Development and La Francophonie
​Goverment of Canada


On November 1st 2017, the Canadian government launched its National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2017-2022 which is at the heart of Canada’s Feminist Foreign Policy including its Feminist International Assistance Policy and Defence Policy. In the introduction letter signed by seven Canadian Ministers, it is stated that: “If we want global peace and security, we must involve women in every aspect of it—from conflict prevention, peacemaking and humanitarian assistance to post-conflict recovery and statebuilding”.

The conference will gather scholars from multidisciplinary fields, practitioners, policy experts, diplomats, and decision-makers to discuss and assess the challenges of adopting and implementing a gender approach towards international security. Scholarly articles and a policy report will summarize the day’s discussion and findings.

Kingston Conference on International Security 2018 [KCIS]
The Return of Deterrence
June 11-13, 2018

Location: Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront

What are the implications of re-emphasizing deterrence in defence policy? What is the appropriate balance of capabilities and political commitments to restore a credible defence posture while keeping the door open for constructive dialogue with Moscow and Beijing? In Western Europe, NATO’s defence capabilities must be able to both deter adversaries and reassure allies. Canada, along with the US, Germany and the UK, have become lead nation for one of the four battlegroups in the Baltics and Poland. Yet even with NATO’s enhanced forward presence, it is not yet clear what deterrence will entail: is it a return to the Cold War or is deterrence in a more hybrid conflict environment fundamentally different? What is the respective importance of conventional forces, nuclear weapons and missile defence in upholding deterrence and reassurance?

Since the Euromaidan revolution in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea in 2014, deterrence has made a comeback for the West in general and NATO in particular. To be sure, deterrence was always central to the transatlantic security architecture during the Cold War. In the post-Cold War era, out-of-area operations and security cooperation with partner nations captured the attention of Western armed forces, with a concomitant decline in the centrality of deterrence as a theoretical and policy concept. With the transformation of great-power politics in the last decade, however, we have seen the re-emergence of deterrence in Western policy as the United States and its allies are increasingly confronted with challenges in relations with both the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China.

Join us as we examine the evolving role and force posture of Canada, the United States and its allies in both Europe and the Asia-Pacific with regards to conventional deterrence, [cyber deterrence, gray-zone deterrence], missile defence and nuclear deterrence. Sessions include the history and theory of deterrence; the relationship between reassurance and deterrence; conventional deterrence in a number of regional contexts, including Europe and Northeast Asia; the future of nuclear deterrence, including missile defence.

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Recent 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 (Reception to follow)

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.

Gender Matters in Political Science
Research Panel
March 1, 2018

Location: Room 226, Ellis Hall, Queen's University

Date/Time: Thursday, March 1st, 2018. 12:00pm - 1:30 pm

Kingston International Lecture: Leah West Sherriff
Killing Citizens: Legal Dilemmas in the Targeted Killing of Canadian Foreign Terrorist Fighters
February 13, 2018

Location: Memorial Hall, Kingston City Hall

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The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence Campaign
From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All
November 25 - December  10, 2017

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The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence is a global campaign spearheaded by Rutgers University. In Canada, this effort has been led by Women in International Security Canada since 2014. This year, from November 25th to December 10th a record-breaking total of 54 events were held across Canada to raise awareness at the local, national and international levels about the challenges affecting those who experience gender-based violence.

Continuing from the 2016 Campaign, this year's theme was "From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All". This theme recognized the dire situation for millions of girls and boys, and young women and men, whose universal human right to education is impacted daily or cut short due to violence, lack of resources, and discrimination.

This year the national campaign had 113 different organizations involved, showcasing a variety of events such as social media campaigns, speaker events, panels, vigils, marches, film screenings, Ted Talks, art installations and performances. Photos and information from all of these events have been uploaded onto the WIIS Canada Website.

The final outcome report will be released in the following weeks. This year's Steering Committee is encouraged by the 2017 results and envisions even more growth for future years, hoping to reach out to new partners and supports, while widening its reach across Canada.