Centre for International and Defence Policy

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

War and Change: Perspective on the Human Dimension of Conflict

The Centre for International and Defence Policy is one of the collaborating partners for the Human Dimensions in Foreign Policy, Military Studies, and Security Studies Series at the McGill-Queen’s University Press. Six presenters will highlight their contributions to three books from this series:

The scope of topics covered by the presenters will offer a compelling insight into current research of global security in the twenty-first century and the human dimensions of war.

to register: https://queensu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4ZSvjjjtSbWQanKhR7Bv8g


H. Christian Breede, Associate Professor of Political Science, RMC
H. Christian Breede is an Associate Professor of Political Science at RMC and cross-appointed with Political Studies. He is also the Associate Chair of RMC’s Public Administration programme. Christian holds a PhD in War Studies from RMC and has published on the topics of foreign and security policy with a research focus on societal cohesion and technology.   He has deployed experience with the Canadian Army in Haiti and Afghanistan.
Vanessa Brown
Vanessa Brown holds a BA (Hons) and MA in Political Science from York University as well as a PhD in Sociology from Carleton University. She has been a lecturer at Canadian Forces College since 2015 teaching Institutional Policy Studies for the Joint Command
and Staff Programme. Vanessa is an Engagements Officer working in the Dallaire Centre of Excellence for Peace and Security and serves as Gender Advisor to Commander of the Canadian Defence Academy.

Major Vicki Woodside-Duggins, Deputy Director of Future Programs at the Canadian Forces College (CFC) in Toronto

Vicki is a Training Development Officer with the Canadian Armed Forces. She is also a PD Candidate in Education at Queen's University. She is currently involved in the curriculum renewal of leadership development programs at CFC and specifically Professional Military Education, impact of learning environments and pedagogical perspectives to facilitate EDI initiatives and cultural change. Her research interests include workplace learning, leadership development, curriculum design, pedagogy, and knowledge mobilization. She has recently presented the following at two international conferences: Culture Change: The Contribution of Professional Military Education (PME) and Enhancing Ways of Thinking for Military Leaders through a Pedagogical Philosophy.


Robert Engen, Assistant Professor in the Department of Defence Studies at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.

Robert Engen is a civilian faculty member and assistant professor at the Canadian Forces College, Toronto, and is the deputy chair of the Department of MIlitary Planning and Operations. He is the author of two major academic monographs on combat motivation and the Canadian Army, was the lead editor (alongside Prof H. Christian Breede and Prof Allan English) of Why We Fight: New Approaches to the Human Dimension of Warfare, and is co-author of a forthcoming graphic history of the First World War. He is also the regimental historian for Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry and the author of the forthcoming next volume of their official history. Robert's main research avenues right now involve wargaming for professional military education, force health protection, and studying the human dimensions of artificial intelligenc

Colin Farrelly, Professor & Queen's National Scholar

Main research interests are: Ethics and political theory/philosophy, including: distributive justice; ideal/non-ideal theory; history of political thought, deliberative democracy; all things virtue-related: virtue ethics, virtue epistemology and virtue jurisprudence; Analytical Marxism; play; science and justice - especially the biomedical sciences (e.g. genetics, evolutionary biology, “geroscience” and the ethics of human enhancement).


Dr. Claire Cookson-Hills, Independent Scholar

Claire Cookson-Hills is a professional historian, who live and works in Kingston, Ontario. She holds graduate degrees (MA, PhD) from Queen’s University. She has published on imperial military engineering, military education, and military sexual violence. Cookson-Hills is currently an independent scholar affiliated with Queen’s University, where she researches modern military history of gender and sexual violence.