Targeted Engagement Grants 2013-2014 (Round 1)

University of Manitoba, Dr. James Fergusson - $17,240

“Analyzing NORAD’s Structure and Missions: Strengthening Canada-US Defence Relations”

This research project will analyse NORAD’s organizational structure; reflect on new mission requirements and challenges; and, provide policy advice to Canadian and US officials regarding the status of NORAD, including potential structural changes.


Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, Dr. Alex Wilner - $10,000

“Deterrence by Denial in the Current and Future Security Environment”

The component of this project funded by a DEP grant was an academic gathering where Canadian and international participants presented papers exploring how deterrence by denial can be applied to contemporary security threats. The overall project aims to advance the understanding of denial and coercive defence in theory and practice, by applying the concept to a variety of different contemporary threats including conventional and WMD terrorism, cyber security, piracy, missile technology and missile defence, and anti-access capabilities at sea.


Carleton University, Professor Phil Rourke - $22,500

“Canada-US Defence Relations: A Partnership for the 21st Century”

This two-day workshop examined numerous aspects of the Canada-US strategic relationship, including the reorientation of US strategic interests through the ‘pivot’ to Asia and an increasing interest in the Artic; the evolving dynamics of perimeter and maritime defence; key differences in security and defence strategies pursued by Canada and the US; and, cultural similarities and differences between the two countries, and how they influence each country’s defence strategy and its engagement with allies.


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

 “Fences, Walls and Borders: State of Insecurity?”

This conference on border security aimed to understand the current “reinforcing” of borders and the reasons why democratic states in all regions of the world are building walls to ward off threats; to stimulate Canadian research on the “barrierization” of borders; to encourage discussion among researchers and experts on border issues; and, to reflect on the idea of the reinforcement of borders and its link to homeland security.