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. See more about the Centre. 

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  Network for Strategic Analysis (NSA)    (http://ras-nsa.ca)

Our watchwords are: responsiveness and creativity. Incubator of Canadian and global expertise on geostrategic events, we offer in-depth, real-time analyses of a turbulent world while developing the next generation of experts. Our work focuses primarily on the competition between great powers, multilateral defence cooperation, and the future of capacity building.

Mobilize Knowledge. Train the Next Generation.

 Réseau d’analyse stratégique (RAS)    (https://ras-nsa.ca/fr/)

Nos mots d'order sont : réactivité et créativité. Incubateur de l'expertise canadienne et mondiale sur l'actualité géostratégique, nous offrons en temps réel des analyses approfondies sur un monde en turbulence et développons la prochaine génération d'experts. Nos travaux se concentrent principalement sur la compétition entre grandes puissances, la coopération multilatérale en matière de défense, et l'avenir du renforcement des capacités.

Mobiliser le savoir. Former la relève.

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Droning On: A New Era of Targeted Killings Outside of Armed Conflict

Dec 6, 2020 · 10 min read

By Elisabeth Gosselin-Malo

The pinpoint killing of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani in January 2020, marked a significant evolution in the employment of armed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Conducting a targeted killing via UAV strike outside of conventional armed conflict zones against a prominent state official during peacetime was an unprecedented act for the U.S. government. UAVs, colloquially known as ‘drones’, have undergone a drastic development since the 1990s...

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