Centre for International and Defence Policy

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

Leah West Sherriff | Kingston International Lecture | February 2018

Wednesday, 13 March 2019,  3:30 pm

Robert Sutherland Hall room 202
138 Union Street W, Kingston, Ontario


Asleep in the Arctic: The Geopolitical Risks of Canada's (in)activity in the North 

As an arctic nation, Canada has a unique opportunity in terms of access to a region with immense potential. However, Canada is not alone in this opportunity and other arctic nations such as Russia, are actively pursuing this same potential and leaving Canada behind. In addition, states such as China, which although are not geographically contiguous to the arctic, are also making claims to arctic access. In this talk, Matthew will draw on his extensive experience, reflecting on what he has observed is happening in our own backyard and what it means for our prosperity and our country.

About Matthew Fisher 

Matthew Fisher is the first Resident Visiting Scholar in defence and security at the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History and Massey College, University of Toronto, and a fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. He is Canada's most experienced foreign correspondent, with 45 years of experience, having been to 172 countries and lived in Belgium, Germany, Russia (8 years in Moscow), Hong Kong, Britain, Iraq, Jerusalem and Afghanistan.  During his travels he has observed 19 wars and conflicts from Central America and Rwanda (the genocide) to Chechnya, Nagorno-Karabakh, the Balkans, the Middle East, Somalia, Timor, South Asia and Abu Sayyaf's Islamic war in Mindanao and he visited 34 of Canada's 52 Arctic communities as well as Greenland, Alaska and Siberia. He was the international affairs columnist for the Toronto-based National Post and Postmedia for 17 years. Before that he worked as a columnist for Canada’s Sun Media newspapers and as the Toronto Globe and Mail's bureau chief for Alberta and the Far North.

Kingston International Lecture Series

Established in 2010, the Kingston International Lecture is a public lecture jointly sponsored by CIDP and the Royal Military College of Canada on an international topic of general interest. 

  • 2018 - Leah West Sherriff, Anti Terrorism Fellow, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law
    Legal Dilemmas in the Targeted Killing of Canadian Foreign Terrorist Fighters (March 2017)
  • 2017 - Murray Brewster, CBC News Correspondent and senior Parliamentary defence and foreign policy writer
    Canada, the U.S. and Foreign Policy in a 140 Character World (March 2017)
  • 2015 - Séverine Autesserre, Barnard College, Columbia University
    Peaceland: conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention (April 2015)
  • 2014 - T.V. Paul, McGill University
    The Warrior State: Pakistan in the Contemporary World (January 2014)
  • 2012 - Mark N. KatzGeorge Mason University
    Leaving Without Losing: the War on Terror after Iraq and Afghanistan (September 2012)
  • 2011 - Jonathon Pacquin, Université Laval
    Does Ottawa follow Washington? Evidence from the "Arab Spring".  Est-ce qu'Ottawa s'aligne sur Washington?
    Le cas du 'printemps arabe" ( March 2011)