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.

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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.

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Mobilize Knowledge. Train the Next Generation.

The Network for Strategic Analysis (NSA) iwas launched in 2020 as part of the Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security(MINDS) programme of the Department of National Defence of Canada. It is the very first fully bilingual MINDS network that will offer cutting-edge expertise in Canada’s two official languages.

Our primary mission is to mobilize Canadian and global expertise on three strategic challenges for Canada:

  • The evolving role of great powers in a shifting world order (led by Jonathan Paquin, Laval University);
  • Multilateral cooperation in international security (led by Sarah-Myriam Martin Brûlé, Bishop’s University);
  • The future of defence capacity building for global partners (led by Theodore McLauchlin, University of Montreal).

In this context, the Network pursues three objectives:

  1. Mobilize – in French and English – innovative and multidisciplinary research in the field of defence and security in order to develop synergies and amplify the voice of experts;
  2. Disseminate the results of strategic analysis to the Government of Canada, partner organizations and the general public so as to inform political decisions and public debate;
  3. Train the next generation of security and defence experts by integrating students into the development and dissemination of knowledge and through the professional development of young researchers, with a particular concern for equity, diversity and inclusion.

The RAS/NSA is a research incubator that is committed to the academic freedom and non-partisan nature of its analyses. Through an inclusive approach, these values guide the NSA’s mission and direct its activities. Our strategy on intersectionality, designed by our GBA+ leader, Isabelle Caron, structures all of our mobilization, dissemination and training activities. The NSA’s community of diverse viewpoints and members is fundamental to achieving its mission. Pluralism is a virtue recognized as such by the Network. Particular attention is given to including ideas from marginalized groups and or those with minority status.

Co-directed by Justin Massie (UQAM) and Stéfanie von Hlatky (Queen’s University), the Network brings together more than 80 renowned scholars and seasoned practitioners. In addition to its research fellows, the Network mobilizes the expertise of international collaborators and emerging Scholars, and is supported by a Scientific Board and an Advisory Board.

The NSA is proud to mobilize research in the field of defence and security through four types of bilingual publications (hot takes, policy briefs, policy reports and articles)



The Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security (MINDS) program is designed to facilitate collaboration and mobilize knowledge between the Department of National Defence, the Canadian Armed Forces, and academia and other experts on defence and security issues. Through its Targeted Engagement Grants, collaborative networks, scholarships, and expert briefings, MINDS works and collaborates with key partners to strengthen the foundation of evidence-based defence policy making. These partnerships drive innovation by encouraging new analyses of emerging global events, opportunities, and crises, while supporting a stronger defence and security dialogue with Canadians. Canada.ca/defence-minds