Centre for International and Defence Policy

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

2012-2013 Seminars

Monday, 8 April 2013  12:15-1:30 pm [light lunch at noon]
Speaker: Dr. Robert McRae Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Intelligence Assessment Secretariat, Privy Council Office  
"Foreign Intelligence and the Conduct of International Relations: a Practitioner's View"   

Monday, 25 March 2013  12:15-1:30 pm [light lunch at noon]
Speaker: Colonel Jody Nelson,  US Army, Visiting Defence Fellow 2013  
"Commanding a US Battalion in Combat: a US Commander's Perspective"   

Wednesday, 13 March 2013  12:15-1:30 pm [light lunch at noon]
Speakers: Professor Yasuaki Hashimoto,  Head, Government and Law Division, and
                Mr. Keishi Ono, Chief Society and Economy Division
                 from the Department of Security Studies, National Institute of Defense Studies, Tokyo
"Cyber Security in Japan"   

Tuesday, 5 March 2013  12:15-1:30 pm [light lunch at noon]
Speaker: Kim Rebenchuk,  Deputy Director Afghanistan and Asia-Pacific Policy, Department of National Defence  
"Canada's Defence Engagement in the Asia-Pacific"   

Kim Rebenchuk

is currently the Deputy Director of Afghanistan and Asia Pacific Policy at National Defence, responsible for managing the team's work on a variety of files relating to Canada's international defence relations with countries in Asia. Since 2002, she has worked in various positions within the Policy Group at National Defence, including as the Deputy Director of Policy Development and as a Policy Advisor in Policy Development, Public Policy, and Arms and Proliferation Control Policy. She also served as the Policy Advisor to the Commander of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Command in 2006, for which she was awarded a Commander's Commendation. Prior to joining National Defence, Kim worked as a Policy Advisor with Status of Women Canada and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. She obtained a Master's degree in International Affairs from Carleton University's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and a Bachelor's in International Studies from York University (Glendon College).

Monday, 25 February 2013  12:15-1:30 pm [light lunch at noon]
Speaker: Gerald Schmitz    
"Understanding the Curious Case of Canada's Ambiguous Approach to International Democracy Assistance"   

Gerald Schmitz 
is an expert on Canadian foreign policy, he worked for the Parliamentary Information and Research Service (PIRS) for over 30 years where he held several senior roles, including as principal analyst for international affairs, prior to his retirement in 2011. He was also the longest-serving research director for the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade/Development from 1994 to 2008. During this time he was the lead drafter of many major reports, including: Canada and circumpolar cooperation; the future of the World Trade Organization; relations between Canada and the United States and Mexico; Canada's relations with the Muslim world; Canada's international democracy assistance; and Canada's role in Afghanistan. He has also held several secondments: from 1991-93 to the North-South Institute as program director for human rights and democratic government; in 2003 to the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade as advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Among his many publications is the bookThe Challenge of Democratic Development: Sustaining Democratization in Developing Societies. An accomplished photographer (winner of the World Wildlife Fund's international grand prize in 2005), he is also the longtime film critic for the Saskatchewan-based weekly journal The Prairie Messenger and an ambassador of the Canadian Film Institute.  As well, since 2011 he has served on the program committee of Ottawa’s One World Film Festival. 

Monday, 11 February 2013 
Speakers:  Eric Jardine and Simon Palamar, NPSIA, Carleton University 
"Medusa to Kantolo: Assessing Canadian Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan" 

Eric Jardine

is a PhD Candidate in the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University. He is a recipient of a 2012-2013 SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. He has published extensively on insurgency and counterinsurgency in a number of peer reviewed and professional journals, including Journal of Strategic Studies, Small Wars& Insurgencies, Civil Wars, Defence Studies, Parameters, Military Review, Small Wars Journal, and The Journal of Military and Strategic Studies, among others. His doctoral research focuses upon the dynamics of popular support for insurgency and conflict outcome.

Simon Palamar

is a PhD candidate at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University and works at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, in Waterloo, Canada. He is a recipient of a 2011-2013 SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. He has written award-winning essays on the costs of nuclear proliferation and fissile material cut-off, and has received awards from Simons Foundation and the Barton Endowment. He has published on conflict management and international relations. He interned at Project Ploughshares and has presented at numerous conferences. He has also briefed Canadian Members of Parliament on nuclear non-proliferation and arms control and briefed the Department of Foreign Affairs on the politics of the Arab Spring.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013 
Speaker: Kevin O'Shea, Beyond the Border Implementation Team, Privy Council Office
"Canadian Security Vulnerabilities: Does Beyond the Border Action Plan Address US Perspectives?"    

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 
Speaker: Bernard Brister, Royal Military College of Canada
"Looking West to Get to the East: Canada's Re-Engagement in the Asia-Pacific"    

Wednesday, 21 November 2012
LCol Chris Rankin and Maj Andrew Godefroy   
Canadian Army Land Warfare Centre
"Institutionalizing Intellectual Foundations: 
The Establishment Of the New Canadian Army Land Warfare Centre"

Wednesday, 17 October
Speaker:  MGen Jean Collin, Commander, 1st Canadian Division HQ
"The CF and Full-Spectrum Operations"

Tuesday, 18 September
  Speaker:   Stephen Saideman, Carleton University
  "Smart Defence and NATO: The Implications of Afghanistan and Libya"