Wednesday, October 20, 2021 (all day)

Against the background of the continuing devastation of the novel corona pandemic, Asia Pacific states are engaged in renewed challenges and responses with traditional security crisis points, as well as a broadening agenda of  “non-traditional” and environmental threats.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 — 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT
Peace operations and the future of Mali event

Our panel will explore key insights and implications from the complex and protracted conflict in Mali and sustained international engagements with it.

Our three speakers bring a deep understanding of the internal and transnational context of the conflict, and of the multidimensional challenges facing UN peacekeepers and other international intervenors in supporting stabilization. 

After the panel, Edward Akuffo, an expert on inter-regional security cooperation in Africa, will lead our post-panel explorations as discussant.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 — 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
AI event poster

The webinar is the first of a longer webinar series hosted by the Artificial Intelligence Institute and Drs. Bessma Momani and Jean-François Bélanger at the University of Waterloo. Each webinar will explore a different aspect of AI and warfare, bringing together both technical and policy experts to discuss the big questions, concerns, and developments in the field.

Our first webinar will explore how interconnected the development of artificial intelligence and warfare is. This is a broad question, but one that is the overarching backbone of this webinar series. Discussions around the military application of AI are nothing new, and have sparked their lot of controversy, including the “Stop Killer Robots” campaign that has seen important AI scholars advocate against AI automated warfare. As the opening webinar, panelists will be tasked to define for the audience what artificial intelligence is, what it has been used for in the military context, and the state of the art today.

We are excited to be collaborating with the AI Institute at the University of Waterloo, as well as the North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network on this joint webinar providing an overview of the state of AI in Canadian defence and security.

Monday, May 3, 2021 — 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
Map of the Middle East and North Africa

The Middle East and North Africa team is seeking doctoral and postdoctoral students interested in participating in a virtual workshop on topics related to politics, security, public administration and Canadian foreign policy in the Middle East.

The virtual workshop will be a great opportunity to meet your peers, share your work and learn more about issues related to your field of research!

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 — 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
Iraq event poster

This panel will explore how the domestic context in Iraq will shape the future of the international presence in the country over the coming 12 months.

Our three speakers, who have extensive knowledge of the situation on the ground in Iraq, will analyze how developments in Iraq will affect members of the international coalition against the Islamic State, including Canada. 

We are fortunate to also have Ulric Shannon, Ambassador of Canada to Iraq, to provide opening remarks before our panel discussion.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 — 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EST

So-called “non-traditional” security concerns, including illicit trafficking, sea piracy, migration, and the like, have in fact been at the forefront of defence and security policy in the Asia-Pacific for many decades.

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