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The Year Ahead: An International Security, Intelligence, and Defence Outlook for 2018

December 7, 2017 at 9:00 AM to 4:45 PM

Location:Barney Danson Theatre
Canadian War Museum
1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, Ontario
Cost:General $100, Students $25, Table of 8 $600

The Centre for Security, Intelligence and Defence Studies presents its flagship event, the Year Ahead Conference: An International Security & Intelligence Outlook for 2018

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Tickets include access to workshop, refreshments and lunch buffet included, and free access to the War Museum until 8pm.

Workshop Agenda

9h00 – 9h15 Introductory Remarks

9h15 – 10h45 Panel 1: Hot Spots of the World and their Impact on Canada

Chair: Dr. David Carment

This panel examines the immediate threats for Canada and its allies in 2018. All of these issues have a concomitant defence role whether it is the coalition efforts in the Middle East or Canada’s support to the US pivot to Asia or NATO operations in the Eastern Europe to demonstrate support for Western allies.

Ankit Panda – Asia-Pacific (The Diplomat)
Barak Barfi – Middle East and North Africa (The Washington Institute)
Milana Nikolko – Russia/Ukraine (Carleton University, EURUS)

10h45 – 11h00 Break

11h00 – 12h30 Panel 2: Missions, Missions, and More Missions?

Chair: Dr. Phil Lagassé

This panel presents the challenges for Canada’s ongoing missions and new missions, especially to Africa under a UN umbrella.

BGen Anderson – Managing Missions at Home and Abroad (Canadian Armed Forces)
Monica Toft – Fixing the UN? UN in Africa (Tufts University)
Steve Saideman – Partners and Caveats (Carleton University, NPSIA)

12h30 – 13h30 Lunch 

13h30 – 15h00 Panel 3: Managing the Canada-U.S. Relationship

Chair: Dr. Stephen Saideman

A year after the election of President Trump, it is now time to take stock of the Canada-US relationship. May 2018 marks 60 years of NORAD and potentially big changes to NORAD’s command and control framework not to mention the negotiations to finance an upgrade of the North Warning System (NWS). As well, the borders are beginning to harden – joint border projects are stagnating and neither state is equipped to deal with the (re)emerging threat of cruise missiles.

Jim Fergusson – The New Defence Relationship (University of Manitoba)
Christopher Sands – The Economic Consequences of the Peace with Trump (Johns Hopkins University)

15h00 – 15h15 Break

15h15 – 16h30 Panel 4: New Horizons: Cyberattacks and Missile Defence

Chair: Dr. Stephanie Carvin

This panel examines new horizons including the growing scope and damage done through cyber-attacks and the need for more “defence” (whether passively or offensively employed). Issues explored include cyber vulnerabilities to Canada’s infrastructure, and new missile defence options (both ballistic and cruise). Each of these issues is expected to be solved in part by technology. Whether it is a replacement for the North Warning system, protection of private packets of information on the internet or new satellite configurations, all involve new technologies that can be exploited leading to increased political tensions.

TBC – (Communications Security Establishment)
Stephanie MacLellan – (Centre for International Governance Innovation)
Torey McMurdo – (DOD/Yale University)

16h30 Concluding Remarks

Note: the War Museum will be free and open to all participants and audience members following the workshop until 8pm.

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