Friday, October 23, 2020 — 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
US election

The Defense and Security Foresight Group is proud to announce its upcoming webinar, “The Canada-U.S. Relationship at a Crossroad: Assessing the Impact of the November 2020 Election.” The event regroups Canada’s foremost experts on Canada-U.S. relations, spanning a range of subject including trade partnership and NAFTA, foreign policy and the Arctic, as well as defence cooperation through NORAD and NATO, engaging with the ramifications of the elections on what has been called “The Special Relationship” moving forward.

The Canada-U.S. relationship has deteriorated significantly since the election of Donald Trump in 2016 in several ways. On the defence front, The United States heavily criticized its NATO allies on their spending towards the alliance, Canada included. On trade President Trump demanded the renegotiation of NAFTA, imposed tariffs on Canadian steel citing national security concerns, and recently re-imposed tariffs on Canadian aluminum exports, arguing it was flooding U.S. markets. Canada retaliated with imposing tariffs on American goods to the tune of $2.7 billion dollars.

There’s lingering uncertainty on the future of the Canada-U.S. relationship, especially in a post-COVID-19 world. This webinar aims at exploring these uncertainties, and how they may be resolved depending on the make-up of Congress post-election, and who assumes the presidency in 2021. What can Canadians expect under four more years of President Trump? What would a Democratic Presidency and/or Congress mean for the future? These are some of the questions our panelists will seek to answer.

Thursday, October 22, 2020 — 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EDT
Photo by Jonathan Potts

To honor and remember the 6th Anniversary of Parliament Hill Attacks in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on October 22, 2014, the DSF Group and the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security, and Society (TSAS) have gathered speakers for the panel Violent Extremism in Canada.

The attack, carried out by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, left Nathan Cirillo, a Canadian Soldier and reservist on ceremonial sentry duty dead, and raised questions about parliamentary security while also sparking a national debate over the nature of terrorism. 

Each of our experts will provide a brief presentation on their work and the final 30 minutes will be dedicated to questions from the audience.

  • Steve Hewitt (Canadian and American Studies, University of Birmingham) - Shooting, Bombing, and Vehicle Attacks: A History of Male Lone Actor Terrorism in Canada 
  • Shandon Harris Hogan (Radar Solutions, Adjunct Research Fellow, Victoria University Australia) - The Comparative Analysis of Canadian and Australian Domestic Jihadist (2000-2020)
  • Michael Nesbitt (Faculty of Law University of Calgary) - The Toronto 18 case based on the co-edited book on the topic and or his recent article about terrorism prosecutions in Canada.
  • Jillian Hunchak (Insight Threat Intelligence) - The Far-Right extremist threat in English- and French-speaking Canada, the risk it poses, and its potential for growth.
Friday, October 9, 2020 — 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
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The Defense and Security Foresight Group presents “Will Belarus Collapse? Mass Protest and Regime Instability.” In collaboration with the Class of 1965 Professor in Leadership at the Royal Military College and the Belarusian Canadian Alliance, the event brings into conversation affiliates of the Belarusian Canadian Alliances with international relations experts on European Security and Russian foreign policy, on the challenges ahead for Belarus, and the historical legacy that has brought us to where we are today.

The recent re-election of Alexander Lukashenko, the President of Belarus since 1994, has led to mass protest decrying a rigged election. The protests and their scales, as well as the active repression of it by the regime, has led to a high level of instability in Belarus. The future is uncertain for Belarus as protests keeps gaining in intensity.

This webinar engages with a series of relevant question to the situation on the ground. Can President Lukashenka survive the current unrest? If he does, what are the implications for Belarus? Alternatively, what would a Belarus on the verge of collapse look like? Would Russia take the opportunity to intervene and solidify its sphere of influence in the region? What steps are Belarus and Lukashenka taking to forestall such prospect? Why should Canada’s defence and security community be paying attention?

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