Targeted Engagement Grants 2015-2016 Round 1


Canadian Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University – $20,000

“The Year Ahead: An International Security and Intelligence Outlook for 2016” (November 2015 – Ottawa, ON)

This one-day conference will be comprised of five panels covering 2016 and addressing the following subjects: global hotspots where instability and conflict might occur; the outlook for counter-terrorism and stabilization missions; the opportunities for conflict resolution through negotiation and civilian instruments; the intersection of security and the economy; and, the US and the politics of international security. A public report on the conference findings will be published in January 2016.

Conference of Defence Associations Institute – $15,000

“18th Annual Graduate Student Symposium” (15-16 October 2015 – Kingston, ON)

This annual symposium allows Masters and Doctoral students to present their research on defence and security issues impacting Canada, respond to questions from an expert moderator, and receive feedback from a panel of judges drawn from the defence and academic communities. Topics for this year include energy security, cyber security, peace support operations, hybrid warfare, counter-insurgency, and strategic innovation. The event will feature two keynote speakers, and the top papers will be published in a peer-reviewed journal in January 2016. Through collaboration with RMC and CFB Kingston, high attendance by officer cadets and other DND/CAF members is anticipated.

Royal United Services Institute – $23,320

“The ‘Russian Spring’: Moscow’s Intervention in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, and Implications for International Security” (research project – London, UK)

This research project will draw on a range of Russian and Ukrainian language open-source information to produce a highly detailed overview of Russia’s activities in its near abroad between 2013 and the present. Principle Investigator Igor Sutyagin will consider the implications of these activities for European and international security. A research report will be produced.

Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur les relations internationales du Canada et du Québec – $6,675

“Les priorités de la Présidence américaine au Conseil de l’Arctique (2015-2017)” (12 June 2015 – Montreal, QC)

This project, comprised of a closed workshop followed by a public expert brief, features Admiral (Ret’d) Robert J. Papp, the US State Department’s Special Representative for the Arctic. Adm (Ret’d) Papp will discuss US priorities for the region in light of its 2015-2017 Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, with the goal of helping Canada better understand the US position on the Arctic, how this is linked to America’s posture in other regions, and the implications for Canada-US cooperation, including on defence and security issues. A report will be made public following the event.

Chaire Raoul-Dandurand en études stratégiques et diplomatiques, Université du Québec à Montréal – $20,000

“Terrorisme international et radicalisme au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique : Origines, menaces, consequences” (12 November 2015 – Montreal, QC)

Through four panels incorporating global analysis and regional case studies, this symposium will analyze the growing radicalization occurring between Syria and Mauritania in the post Arab Spring world. The subjects to be discussed include: the causes of terrorism; the links between extremism and the collapse of central authorities; the impact of violence on the Sahel; and, international solutions. The conference will be live-streamed and recorded by CPAC, a written summary of the proceedings will be made public, articles will be published in Le Devoir and l’Actualité, and participants will be invited to contribute to a collective publication.

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo – $25,000

“Characterisation of Urban Battlespace: Implications for Combat, Building Damage, and Civilian Casualties in Hybrid Wars” (research project + one-day seminar in February 2016 – Waterloo, ON)

This research project will use satellite imagery, quantitative GIS, national censuses, and reports from humanitarian and international organizations to examine the characteristics and implications of the urban battlespaces in which hybrid warfare takes place, through a series of case studies. The aim is to develop quantitative metrics for building and population density, measure damage to persons and infrastructure, and examine the implications of these findings for urban combat strategy and management of civilian crises. A series of peer-reviewed journal articles will be produced, and a one-day seminar held at the University of Waterloo in February 2016 to convey and discuss the results.

NATO Association of Canada – $4,662

“Canada and NATO: Global Defence and Security Challenges” (24 November 2015 – Ottawa, ON)

This conference will examine the challenges and opportunities currently faced by NATO. In addition to keynote remarks by guest speakers including the Ambassador of Afghanistan, two expert panels will be held on NATO’s ongoing operation in Afghanistan, and on the impact of the 2014 Wales Summit and NATO Readiness Action Plan. The proceedings will be recorded by CPAC and made public.

Chatham House – $16,650

“The Future of US Global Leadership” (research project – London, UK)

This research project will examine how America’s global leadership is changing, how this will impact its closest allies, including Canada, and whether the next US President will fundamentally impact this shift. It will involve desk research, as well as a series of interviews with government, think tank and academic representatives, including the US Secretary of Defense, and a roundtable with experts to review the results prior to publication. A report will be produced in spring 2016, and made available online.

Conference Board of Canada - $6,660

“The Active Shooter: Emerging Security Challenges and Opportunities for Collaboration.” (research project – Ottawa, ON)

This research project aims to identify gaps in mandates, response protocols and capabilities between the stakeholders involved in active shooter events – including law enforcement, military, public and private sector officials – and to develop options for building a better crisis communications interface. Prior work by the Conference Board of Canada will be augmented by an in-depth literature review and a questionnaire delivered to up to 25 interviewees in the field. A report and webinar will be made available online.

Canadian Pugwash Group – $16,650

“The Way Forward to a World Free of Nuclear Weapons” (9-12 July 2015 – Pugwash, NS)

This workshop, consisting of a public forum, keynote addresses, panel sessions, breakout discussions and a plenary session, will consider the current state and future direction of the principal conventional and nuclear arms control regimes, and develop concrete suggestions for government on how to make progress on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, including ideas for how Canada can more effectively work with its military partners in these areas. Participants will include elected officials, scientists, academics, media, NGO representatives and DND/CAF members. A workshop report will be made public.

Potomac Institute for Policy Studies – $16,650

“Transparency Report: How and Why Trust is Breaking the Internet” (research project – Arlington, VA, USA)

This research project will examine the erosion of trust across and between governments, corporations and citizens caused by a strategic competition for money, power and control over the Internet and Internet economy. Principle Investigator Melissa Hathaway will examine how the activities of various actors are accelerating Internet fragmentation, infecting the marketplace, and challenging democratic institutions and ideals. She will also develop realistic policy prescriptions. A report will be produced by December 2015 and made public online.

John Deutsch Institute for the Study of Economic Policy, Queen’s University – $6,660

“Defence and Security Economics Workshop 2015: Economic Development and Violence” (5 November 2015 – Ottawa, ON)

This annual workshop allows defence and security economists from Canada and abroad to share their research with one another. Topics for this year will include: the outcomes of third party intervention techniques in warzones; the determinants of military expenditures in Africa; the relationship between peace and globalization; the impact of conflict on military expenditures; and, procurement choices made by NATO countries following the end of the Cold War. Attendees are expected to include DND/CAF members and students from RMC. The workshop proceedings will likely be published in the journal Defence and Peace Economics.

Centre for International and Defence Policy, Queen’s University – $13,773

“Gender Mainstreaming in the Canadian Armed Forces: Benchmarking with NATO Allies and Partners” (research project + two-day workshop from 12-13 November 2015 – Kingston, ON)

This research project and workshop will examine gender mainstreaming in the Canadian Armed Forces by assessing Canada’s military organizational culture and practices in comparison with those of key NATO allies and partners. The workshop, which will be open to the public, will bring together experts from academia, NATO, Canada’s Peace Support Training Centre, ADM (Policy), DFATD, and the Australian Defence Force. A policy report and scholarly article will be produced, featuring recommendations on gender mainstreaming for the CAF.

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