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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A Virus Within NATO: Mistrust and the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Andrew J. Furlan

The malicious virus of mistrust may already have infected The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), but the COVID-19 pandemic will likely increase its lethality. The success of NATO, an alliance built upon the collective defence, relies on trust — each member-state must believe that the others will fulfill their treaty obligations. Yet by publicly casting aspersions at NATO, United States (US) President Donald Trump has raised doubts regarding the US’s commitment to the organization.... 

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