Centre for International and Defence Policy

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

Welcome to the CIDP

The CIDP is one of Canada’s most active research centres on international security and defence policy issues. Located in the School of Policy Studies, we are committed to contributing to informed public discussion of issues in military affairs and alliances, international security, and Canadian foreign and defence policy.  Our rich and diverse team of fellows, drawn from Kingston’s two universities and beyond, include active military Visiting Defence Fellows from NATO allied forces. For more on the Centre...


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"Storm" Troopers: a call to arms against the effects of climate change 

Steve Macbeth, Canadian Visiting Defence Fellow, CIDP

In Strong Secure Engaged (SSE), Canada’s National Defence Policy, climate change is recognized as a driver of international conflict and instability but the document falls short of declaring it a direct threat to national security. Elizabeth May, leader of the national Green Party, has recently been critiqued for utilizing “war” as a metaphor for the struggle with climate change and yet this idea of climate as the “ enemy” is becoming more common. This emergent reality will require a deliberate whole of government action plan that resources both prevention and protection for the Canadian population. Read the whole article on our blog

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