Targeted Engagement Grants 2013-2014 (Round 2)

Atlantic Council of Canada, Julie Lindhout - $1,665
“Canada’s Arctic: Sovereignty and Security for Sustainable Development”

This one-day conference will deal with the nexus between security and development in the Arctic. The topics discussed included international Arctic issues, sovereignty and security, and sustainable development in the region. The event also examined current scientific research and the role of space-based technologies in the North.


Chatham House, United Kingdom, Xenia Dormandy - $16,650
“NATO: The Way Forward After 2014”

Chatham House UK is undertaking a six-month research project to examine the future of NATO, including: the consensus among NATO member states regarding Alliance priorities in the coming years; the identification of NATO capability gaps; and, how these gaps could be effectively addressed through Smart Defence and other initiatives, such as partnerships with non-NATO countries.


Conference of Defence Associations Institute, Colonel (Ret’d) Allain Pellerin - $10,000
“2014 Ottawa Conference on Defence and Security”

This annual two-day conference consists of presentations, panel discussions and keynote speeches about pertinent defence and security issues affecting Canada. The 2014 conference will deal with: Canada and Australia in the Asia-Pacific; the West’s ‘pivot’ toward Asia; cyber security; the Middle East; allied approaches to defence and security in a time of fiscal, operational and strategic transition; and, the potential refresh of Canadian defence policy.


École Nationale d’Administration Publique, Stéphane Roussel - $6,152
“Is There an Arms Race in the Arctic?”

The key question to be addressed at this two-day conference is whether an arms race is emerging among countries with a strategic interest in the Arctic. The conference will deal with: the geopolitical situation in the Arctic; North America and Russia in the region; the views of non-Arctic states; and, the perspectives of European countries.


Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society, University of New Brunswick, Lee Windsor - $16,650
“Places of Interest: the Canadian Army and the New Global Security Environment”

This annual two-day conference will explore a range of questions concerning today’s national and international security concerns, the latest security trends, evolving threats, emerging technologies and how all of these might shape the Canadian Army of the future. Specifically, the event will examine whether and how the Army needs to respond and prepare for regional instability, climate change, transnational crime and the evolving problem of international terrorism.


Queen’s University, Stefanie Von Hlatky - $8,145
“Canada and NATO: Capabilities and Priorities in an Uncertain Environment – Workshop with Women in International Security (WIIS) Canada”

This three-day workshop is an annual event that focuses on security and defence issues with the goal of training the future generation of defence scholars, while also offering participation to security and defence professionals. The goal of this year’s workshop will be to assess international threats and global priorities in light of recent experiences such as the war in Afghanistan and the intervention in Libya. Specific topics will include: NATO and Afghanistan; defence capabilities and Smart Defence; NATO relations with the UN or other regional organizations; NATO enlargement and the Partnership for Peace, or other partnerships; NATO-Russia relations; NATO, counter-terrorism and cyber security; and, NATO’s relations with non-NATO allies.


RESDAL, Argentina, Paz Tibileti - $16,650
“Canada and Hemispheric Cooperation in the Americas”

This project is the publication of the “Comparative Atlas of Defence in Latin America and Caribbean.” The Atlas provides defence-related information regarding Latin American and Caribbean countries, including: political decisions, budgets, institutional structures, force personnel numbers, missions, defence tasks, participation of women in the armed forces, and peacekeeping operations. The upcoming edition will also expand coverage of the participation of regional armed forces in public security, as well as their role in national development.


Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, University of Calgary, Rob Huebert; and, Stimson Center, United States, Elizabeth Chalecki - $7,917
“Re-Thinking Sovereignty: The Strategic Implications of Geo-Engineering Technologies”

This nine-month research project seeks to understand the potential defence and security consequences of geo-engineering, including: the meaning of sovereignty in an ecologically connected world; how new geo-engineering technologies can and should be governed; and, how nations – including Canada – should adapt their security postures to new threats and opportunities such as those posed by geo-engineering.


Université du Québec à Montréal, Chaire Raoul-Dandurand en études stratégiques et diplomatiques, Caroline Leprince - $3,333
“The Middle East: Reorganization, Division or Democratization?”

This conference will bring together global experts on the Middle East and North Africa to help enhance the public’s understanding of the situation in the region three years after the start of the Arab Spring, and to measure the consequences of the continuing social, economic and political challenges in the region, particularly in countries such as Egypt and Tunisia.


University of Calgary, Katie Domansky - $3,333
“16th Annual Graduate Strategic Studies Conference”

This two-day annual student conference will feature student presentations on a broad range of security and defence issues, including: Canadian Armed Forces training and educational development; financial and strategic considerations related to Canadian defence in a post-Afghanistan security environment; the potential Canadian “pivot” to the Asia-Pacific; the relationship between international law and the use of cyber weapons; the regulation of private security companies; nation-building in Afghanistan; and, a number of other case studies examining regional and topical security dynamics.


University of Laval, Aurélie Campana - $6,670
“International Terrorism Summer School”

This annual week-long event will aim to help participants better understand the challenges associated with non-state actors, such as terrorist and criminal groups. Participants will: comprehend, by means of practical examples, the evolving terrorist threat; analyze the legal tools and strategies for combating crime and transnational terrorism; and, reflect on practices aimed at countering terrorism, as well as the debates they spark within society. This year, the summer school will focus on the underlying issues associated with violent mobilization, and the resulting responses.