Centre for International and Defence Policy

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

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KCIS 2020 presents

ARCTIC CHALLENGES: International Security in a Circumpolar North


28 - 30 October 2020
Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront, Kingston, ON

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KCIS 2020 will explore the challenges posed by changes at the global level for the Arctic, and how Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces can and should respond. We begin with an exploration of how emerging great-power competition between the United States and its NATO allies, the People’s Republic of China, and the Russian Federation is affecting circumpolar politics, and the impacts that great-power competition more broadly plays out in the circumpolar region. The conference will also examine the impact of climate change on politics and security in the north, particularly the impacts on indigenous communities across the circumpolar north in Alaska, northern Canada, the Russian Federation, and northern Europe). Finally, we will examine how changes in Arctic will affect the future operations of the Canadian Army, the Royal Canadian Air Force, and the Royal Canadian Navy. The conference will not only examine the transformation and modernization of NORAD, particularly the development of initiatives to meet the challenges of defence in the 2020s, such as the expansion of maritime security and the updating of air and aerospace defence systems, but also an examination of the emerging role of armies in the North, focusing in particular on the Canadian, American, and Nordic armies.

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