Centre for International and Defence Policy

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

CIDP Policy Workshop

Lost in Translation?
The impact of military culture on alliance and coalition politics

Friday, April 17 - Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 8:30 am

Goodes Hall, Kinnear Room, #108
Queen's University

Workshop Agenda                               Kingston International Lecture

The Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP) at Queen's University hosted a two-day workshop on April 17-18, 2015 to discuss issues of military organizational culture within the NATO context and across multinational partnerships more broadly. Drawing upon insights from the war in Afghanistan and, more recently, Libya it is evident that victories and defeats cannot be explained purely in terms of military capabilities; the cultural dimension of multinational defense cooperation must also be analyzed as a key factor of operational success. The CIDP invited students, faculty and fellows to submit paper proposals that cover any number of issues relating to the organizational culture, and coordination mechanisms, of modern militaries.

The core objectives of the workshop are:

  • Highlighting the cultural dimensions of multinational defence cooperation.
  • Reviewing Canada's role in multinational alliance and partnership systems.
  • Improving understanding of the cultural dimensions of combat and battlefield operations.
  • Developing policy recommendations to improve standards of practice within the Canadian military and partner states in addressing current and future crises in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific.


April 17:  5:00 pm.  School of Kinesiology, Room 100

The Kingston International Lecture will be held at the end of the first day.  This year we are pleased to present:



Dr. Séverine Autesserre

Barnard College, Columbia University

"Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention" 


The workshop and lecture are co-sponsored by:


Queen's International

Affairs Association 


Department of Political Science; and the Centre for Security, Armed Forces and Society


Department of National Defence

Government of Canada 


Day 1 - Friday, April 17, 2015

09:30 - 10:00 

Opening Remarks -  Stéfanie von Hlatky, Director, Centre for International and Defence Policy

Panel 1: Culture Clash - Dilemmas and Challenges 
10:00 - 11:30

Chair: Zsuzsa Csergo, Queen's University

Discussant:  Julian Schofield, Concordia University

  • Robert Rubinstein, Maxwell School, Syracuse University  
  • Allan D. English, Queen's University  
  • Bastian Giegerich, International Institute for Strategic Studies  

Coffee Break 
11:30 - 11:45

Panel 2: Perspectives from the Ground 
11:45 - 13:00

Chair: Pierre Jolicoeur, Royal Military College of Canada

Discussant:   Stéfanie von Hlatky, Queen's University

  • Major Andrew Belyea, Royal Military College of Canada
  • Major Christian Breede, CIDP/Royal Military College of Canada  

13:00 - 14:00

Panel 3: Creating Cross-Cultural Solidarity 
14:00 - 15:30 pm

Chair:    David Haglund, Queen's University

Discussant:   Brigadier (ret.) Ben Barry,  International Institute for Strategic Studies

  • Stephanie Belanger, Royal Military College of Canada  
  • Joel Sokolsky, Royal Military College of Canada
  • Peter Kasurak, Royal Military College of Canada  

Concluding Remarks 
15:30 - 15:45 pm

Kingston International Lecture  - Dr. Séverine Autesserre, Barnard College, Columbia University
School of Kinesiology, Lecture Hall 100
17:00 - 18:30 pm

QIAA/CIDP Mentorship Dinner
University Club, 168 Stuart Street
18:30 - 20:30 pm

Day 2 - Saturday, April 18, 2015

Panel 4: Understanding (Cultural) Identities 
09:30 - 10:45

Chair: Stéfanie von Hlatky , CIDP / Queen's

Discussant:   Wayne S. Cox,  Queen's University

  • Colonel Thomas A. Crowson, CIDP / U.S. Army  
  • Lieutenant Colonel Matt Price, CIDP / U.S. Army National Guard Utah  
  • Lieutenant Colonel Jan von der Felsen, CIDP / German Air Force

Coffee Break 
10:45 - 11:00

Panel 5: Culture in Context(s)
11:00 - 12:15 pm


Chair:   Wayne S. Cox , Queen's University

Discussant:   Charles Pentland, Queen's University

  • Philippe Roseberry, Queen's University 
  • Jeffrey Rice, Queen's University 
  • Robert Williams, Queen's University 
  • Kaleigh Heard, Royal Military College of Canada

Coffee Break 
12:15 - 13:15

Closing Remarks