Targeted Engagement Grants 2012-2013

Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society, University of New Brunswick, Lee Windsor - $4,000

“Yesterday’s War, Tomorrow’s Army: Connecting the Afghan Experience to Training Modernization”

This two-day conference examined ten years of Canadian and NATO best practices, new technologies, organizational issues and problems that emerged from operations in Afghanistan, particularly Kandahar; and, considered whether, where and how the Afghanistan experience could be employed to prepare Canadian soldiers for the future.


Université du Québec à Montréal, Chaire Raoul-Dandurand en études stratégiques et diplomatiques, Caroline Côté - $10,000

“Towards a Middle East Escaping the United States?”

This event facilitated discussion on the emerging role of defence and armed forces in conflict prevention and the building of post-conflict stability. The key themes were: rethinking security in the 21st century; oligarchic abuses of the international system;  the new strategic environment; new armed conflicts; new approaches in conflict resolution; fragile states and liberal peace; the future of ‘blue helmets’ in peace missions; and, the future of humanitarian interventions.


École nationale d’administration publique, Dr. Stéphane Roussel - $7,500

“Canada and the Arctic Council Presidency (2013-2015)”

This conference examined three key issues: the potential types of initiatives likely to be proposed to the Arctic Council whose implementation could have an impact on Canadian Armed Forces activities in the region; evaluating the merits of an Arctic Council co-chairmanship by Canada and the United States; and, the impact and influence of non-Arctic states in the region. 


Royal United Services Institute of Vancouver, Keith Maxwell - $3,500

“2013 Vancouver Strategic Studies Conference (International Security and the Middle East)”

This annual event facilitated dialogue regarding security in the Middle East, with a focus on Syria. The conference addressed issues that included the security situation in Syria and its impact on the region; diplomacy in the Middle East, particularly as related to security; and, relations between Israel, Palestine and Iran, and whether the security issues between these entities could be addressed through diplomacy.


Latin American Research Centre, University of Calgary, Dr. Steven Randall - $18,363

“Latin American Security: Implications for Canadian/ International Policy”

This two-day conference brought together academics, practitioners, representatives of international organizations and members of the business community from Canada, the United States and Latin America to explore how the security environment in the region is evolving; what the implications are for its citizens and governments, as well as for Canadian public and private interests; and, to examine what measures are being undertaken or contemplated to advance human rights and the rule of law in Latin America.


Institut québécois des hautes études internationales, Université Laval, Aurélie Campana - $10,000

“International Summer School on Terrorism”

This week-long summer school for academics, students and practitioners examined challenges to state security from non-state actors such as terrorist and criminal groups; discussed the judicial tools and strategies available for combating international crime and terrorism; and, analyzed, through specific examples and multidisciplinary analysis, how the terrorist threat has evolved.


Centre d’études sur la paix et la sécurité internationale, Université de Montréal-McGill University, Frédéric Mérand – $16,280

“Future of Canada in Euro-Atlantic Security Organizations”

This workshop examined the challenges facing Canada at a time when the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) are embarking on a process of deep reflection and change. The event assessed the roles that NATO and the OSCE may play in the coming two decades, and what this may mean for Canada.


York Centre for International Security Studies, Women in International Security, Dr. Maja Catic – $3,800

“6th Annual Workshop for Women in International Security: Women, Violence and International Security”

This annual workshop explored four themes: women as victims of violence (sexual violence in conflict, long-term effects of violence against women on post-conflict reconstruction); women as agents of violence (women legal combatants and their role in war-making and peace building; women in terrorist and organized crime networks); women as scholars of, and journalists covering violence; and, women as policy shapers (government, non-government, and business sectors). 


Atlantic Council, USA, Steven Grundman – $25,000

“Innovations in Defence Reform: Lessons Learned from the United States, United Kingdom and Australia”

This workshop assessed how the defence establishments of the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia have undertaken new approaches to promote higher levels of performance and efficiency by applying innovative perspectives and practices to administrative and support functions.


Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies, Alistair Edgar - $12,500

“Sudan- South Sudan: Conflict Prevention and Post-Conflict Stabilization”

This two-day event analyzed the security situation in Sudan and South Sudan, with a focus on Canadian interests. The conference addressed the respective conflicts in Sudan and South Sudan, the conflict between the two entities, and the potential contributions of the Canadian Armed Forces going forward.