Centre for International and Defence Policy

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


Recent Events

International Humanitarian Law Conference in Kingston
Chemical Weapons, Armed Conflict and International Humanitarian Law
October 29, 2018

Location: 138 Union Street, Robert Sutherland Hall- Conference Room 202, Queen's University

The Canadian Red Cross together in association with the CIDP hosted the International Humanitarian Law Conference titled “Chemical Weapons, Armed Conflict and International Humanitarian Law” in Robert Sutherland Hall at Queen’s University, 138 Union Street, Kingston, ON, K7L 2P1 on October 29th, 2018 from 1:00pm - 5:00pm. The conference explored the role that International Humanitarian Law (IHL) plays when addressing the use of chemicals and chemical weapons in situations of armed conflict. This conference brought together experts from the field, including academics, practitioners and representatives from the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement.

October 29th 2018 International Humanitarian Law Conference in Kingston: Chemical Weapons, Armed Conflict and International Humanitarian Law

Kingston Conference on International Security 2018 [KCIS]
The Return of Deterrence
June 11-13, 2018

Location: Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront

What are the implications of re-emphasizing deterrence in defence policy? What is the appropriate balance of capabilities and political commitments to restore a credible defence posture while keeping the door open for constructive dialogue with Moscow and Beijing? In Western Europe, NATO’s defence capabilities must be able to both deter adversaries and reassure allies. Canada, along with the US, Germany and the UK, have become lead nation for one of the four battlegroups in the Baltics and Poland. Yet even with NATO’s enhanced forward presence, it is not yet clear what deterrence will entail: is it a return to the Cold War or is deterrence in a more hybrid conflict environment fundamentally different? What is the respective importance of conventional forces, nuclear weapons and missile defence in upholding deterrence and reassurance?

Since the Euromaidan revolution in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea in 2014, deterrence has made a comeback for the West in general and NATO in particular. To be sure, deterrence was always central to the transatlantic security architecture during the Cold War. In the post-Cold War era, out-of-area operations and security cooperation with partner nations captured the attention of Western armed forces, with a concomitant decline in the centrality of deterrence as a theoretical and policy concept. With the transformation of great-power politics in the last decade, however, we have seen the re-emergence of deterrence in Western policy as the United States and its allies are increasingly confronted with challenges in relations with both the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China.

Join us as we examine the evolving role and force posture of Canada, the United States and its allies in both Europe and the Asia-Pacific with regards to conventional deterrence, [cyber deterrence, gray-zone deterrence], missile defence and nuclear deterrence. Sessions include the history and theory of deterrence; the relationship between reassurance and deterrence; conventional deterrence in a number of regional contexts, including Europe and Northeast Asia; the future of nuclear deterrence, including missile defence.

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For more information and to view the presentations visit the KCIS website

The Gender dimension of Veteran Transition 2018:
Workshop and Mentorship Program-Professional Development Day
May 11-12, 2018

Location: 138 Union Street, Robert Sutherland Hall-Room 448, Queen's University

Date/Time: Friday, May 11 - Saturday, May 12, 2018.

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The CIDP in partnership with the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research were pleased to present our second annual Gender Dimension of Veteran Transition Workshop and Mentorship Program, hosted on May 11-12, 2018

May 11, 2018 consisted of academic-focused panel presentations, with select papers being developed into a Special Edition with the Journal for Military, Veteran and Family Health.  May 12, 2018 consisted of the Mentorship Program and Professional Development breakout sessions for women veterans or women in the process of transitioning to civilian life. The Mentorship Program and Professional Development Day featured multiple employers and seminars.

For more information, please click here.



Stéfanie von Hlatky | October 2018

Professor Stéfanie von Hlatky, past director of CIDP, has been named the 2018 Recipient of the Captain Nichola Goddard Award, awarded by the CDA Institute.

The Captain Nichola Goddard Award was created to recognize and honour a young Canadian innovator and trailblazer who has made a significant contribution to Canadian security and defence, which Stéfanie certainly is.

Articles & OP-Eds

'Canada and Huawei: letting politics slip in', The Interpreter, Lowy Institute (October 2018)
Kim Richard Nossal

'The Name Game: Out with NAFTA, in with the the USMCA', OPENCANADA.org (October 2018)
Kim Richard Nossal

'The erosion of American diplomacy', The National Post (July 2018)
Sara Greco

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