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!

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