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CDA Institute 20th Annual Graduate Student Symposium:  “Canada’s Security and Defence Interests”
Deadline for submissions: September 6, 2017
Conference: Thursday & Friday, 12-13 October, 2017
Currie Hall
Royal Military College of Canada
Kingston, Ontario

The Conference of Defence Associations Institute (CDA Institute) will hold its 20th Annual Graduate Student Symposium on 12-13 October, 2017 at the Royal Military College of Canada, in Kingston, Ontario.  For this significant anniversary year, we will be pleased to welcome several of our pioneer student presenters back to the Symposium.

This impressive and well-attended Symposium draws together Canadian and international MA and PhD students; members of the Department of National Defence; members of the Regular and Reserve components of the Canadian Armed Forces including Officer Cadets; as well as scholars, defence industry stakeholders, government officials and leaders, for two days of presentations, discussions, professional development and networking.

The overarching theme of the Symposium is “Canada’s Security and Defence Interests”, and suggested (but by no means exhaustive) presentation/panel topics may include: Canadian Defence Policy Review – Where are we now?; Canada and Alliances; Peace Operations in an Unstable and Dangerous World – back to the future or a new approach?; The Institution of Defence – Defence Industry and Procurement; Defence Personnel – Policies for the millennials and beyond; Emerging Operational Environments – Cyber, Space and Terrorism/Radicalization; Canadian Military Campaigns and Operations – past and present.

Cash prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250 will be presented to the top three presenters. The top three presenters will also be given the opportunity to work with the CDA Institute Research Manager and Senior Editor to develop their work for publication as Vimy Papers. If the papers are accepted for publication, they will receive an additional honorarium of $1,500 each. A further prize of $750, the Colonel Peter Hunter Award, will be presented by the Royal Canadian Military Institute (RCMI). The recipient of the Colonel Peter Hunter Award will also be offered the opportunity to develop the paper into an RCMI publication.

In addition, this year’s Symposium will host the inaugural Captain Nichola Goddard “Game Changer” Award, which will be presented annually to recognize and honour a young Canadian who has made a difference in the Canadian security and defence community.

Abstracts of proposed presentations (200-400 words) from Masters and Doctoral students in the realm of security and defence are being accepted in two rounds, with deadlines for submission of 17 May (first round) and 6 September (second round). Between 15 and 20 presenters will be accepted. Please send all presentation abstracts with your institutional affiliation and contact information by email to robert.legere@cdainstitute.ca.

Applicants will be notified of the result of their submission within 10 business days of the deadline they submit against. The final draft of complete presentation papers (maximum 4,000 words) must be submitted by no later than 27 September 2017.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their abstracts against the earlier of the two deadlines, as they may qualify for one of 6 limited travel grants (maximum of $500 each) on a first-come, first-serve basis to successful applicants. Applicants are asked to indicate, as part of the abstract submission, whether they wish to apply for travel assistance and from where they will be travelling from. Consequently, ‘the early bird has a better chance of getting the worm’.

Presenters are responsible for their own travel and accommodations; however, block booking will be made available at a Kingston hotel at a later date. We will provide more information regarding accommodations soon.

The CDA Institute is a charitable status organization and is also looking for Corporate Sponsorships for this prestigious event in support of Canada’s emerging young leaders in the realm of Security and Defence.



Canadian Foreign Policy Journal

Canadian Foreign Policy Journal (CFPJ) is currently inviting paper submissions.  CFPJ is an inter disciplinary peer-reviewed journal published three times a year by the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University.  CFPJ’s contributors and readers include federal and provincial officials, academics, analysts, journalists, NGO representatives, and business people; in short, all those who are informed and involved in Canada’s international affairs. All submissions relevant to this community of experts will be considered, with specific attention given to the following topics:

♦ Terrorism (Parliament hill shooting; Bill C-51, homegrown terrorism /radicalization etc)
♦ Development, Security, and Fragile States
♦ Gender and Foreign Policy
♦ Global Health and New Epidemics (Ebola)
♦ State Aggression in the 21st Century: A New Cold War?
♦ Canadian Foreign Policy Priorities- what matters most to Canada?
♦ Canada the Humanitarian? The Future of Aid
♦ Mining and Foreign Policy: Will it work?
♦ The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development: A Relic or the Future
♦ Diasporas and Foreign Policy: Pandering or Principle?

Please find detailed instructions for submissions here:



Further inquiries may be directed to cfpj@carleton.ca