The Year Ahead 2020: An International Security, Intelligence and Defence Outlook for CanadaOn December 6th 2019, academics, practitioners, and experts will meet for the annual Year Ahead Conference at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. Panelists from across Canada, the United States, and parts of Europe will meet to discuss looming threats, future challenges, and Canada’s changing position in the world. This year, we are looking at the present day threats of long-term security trends with a focus on the climate-security nexus, violent extremism, and current and future challenges to inclusivity and diversity in the field of security and defence. The final panel looks at immediate challenges to international security with a look at the situation in Kashmir, Afghanistan, and more.

The Year Ahead 2020 is a particularly special event this year as we not only enter the conference’s 5th year running, but the occasion also marks the first year that the conference is being supported by the newly established Canadian Defence and Security Network

    • Date: 6 December 2019 –8:45am to 4:15pm
    • Location: Barney Danson Theatre, Canadian War Museum 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, Ontario
    • Cost: General – $100; Students – $25; Table of 8 – $600

Tickets can be purchased here:

Coffee, refreshments, and a buffet lunch will be provided

Registration – 0815 to 0845

Opening Remarks (0845 – 0900)

  • Jeffrey Rice, Director, Centre for Security, Intelligence, and Defence Studies
  • Stephen Saideman, Director, Canadian Defence and Security Network

Panel I – Violent Extremism (0900 – 1015)

  • Sam Jackson, University of Albany
  • Ashley Mattheis, University of North Carolina
  • Micah Clarke, Moonshot CVE

Break (1015 to 1030)

Panel II – Climate Change and Environmental Security (1030 – 1145)

  • John Conger, Centre for Climate and Security
  • Andrew Linke, University of Utah
  • Wilfred Greaves, University of Victoria

Keynote (1215 – 1315)

  • Kathleen McInnis, Atlantic Council of the United States

Break  (1315 – 1330)

Special Event – Fireside on Diversity and Inclusivity (1330 – 1430)

  • Bonnie Jenkins, Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security
  • Leila Adler, Bridging the Gap
  • Shawn Skelly, Out in National Security

Break  (1430 – 1445)

Panel IV – Global Hotspots (1445 – 1600)

  • Ayesha Ray, King’s College, Pennsylvania
  • Megan Minnion, NATO Headquarters
  • More TBC!

Closing Remarks (1600 to 1615)

Questions about the conference can be sent to:

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