Below you will find an assortment of videos from our webinar series and DSFG events. 

2020 Webinar Series

Roll-out of 5G Technology: Threats, Opportunities, and Subject of Debate

Watch our Defence and Security Foresight Group (DSF-G) webinar on the roll-out of 5G technology in Canada. Our panelists discuss the importance of 5G adoption to Canada’s competitiveness and its digital economy. They also discuss some of the arguments found in public and security sector debates about the threats and challenges of foreign ownership of this key infrastructural development. As different countries will experience unprecedented digital change connecting more of our critical business applications and infrastructures to the Internet — driving innovation and GDP growth, 5G technology will be essential to our economic growth. However, along with these opportunities comes unprecedented vulnerability. This panel highlights the associated risks of 5G deployment and adoption and will explain what risk mitigations are being explored by countries and companies globally.

Managing the Pandemic through Contact-Tracing Apps

In an effort to track the spread of COVID-19, more and more contact tracing apps have and will continue to emerge. Canadian jurisdictions are developing and deploying contact-tracing apps without sufficient technical review by independent security and privacy experts. Such reviews help identify potential flaws and provide indispensable input to a public debate about the balance between health safety, privacy and security. Reviews can enhance trust in the deployment of apps and help foster wider adoption. Reviews should be public because public technical specifications will enhance trust and acceptance.

Watch the lunch and learn virtual session with Dr. Florian Kerschbaum, Executive Director, Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute (CPI) and CPI members Dr. Douglas Stebila, Dr. Plinio Morita and Dr. Bessma Momani discussing COVID-19 contact tracing apps in their respective faculties.

Covid-19 and Asia-Pacific Security: Regional Experiences and Implications for Canada

The spread of the novel coronavirus has transformed and reoriented Asia Pacific regional security. State military forces, themselves impacted directly by the pandemic, have been challenged to assume additional roles and responsibilities, within and across state borders. Global and national public health has been securitized, with military forces mobilizing their human and materiel resources as health monitors and care providers. At the same time, traditional regional security tensions and crisis points continue apace, albeit lower on the radar screen of public attention. The impacts of Covid-19 will extend long beyond “recovery” from its current phase, reshaping the region's security environment and national security strategies of military composition and deployment. 

This webinar takes Covid-19 as a starting point to examine both its direct impacts on Asia Pacific security and broader developments in the region's security landscape. Organized by the Asia Pacific team of the Defence and Security Foresight Group, four Canadian security experts focus on the implications of Covid-19 for Asia Pacific security from various angles and perspectives, including the transformation of the geostrategic environment, the spectrum of state responses to the pandemic, the securitization of health, the juxtaposition of new and traditional priorities for the region's militaries, etc.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Security and Stability in the Middle East

The Institute for Peace & Diplomacy organized a panel discussion titled “The Impact of COVID-19 on Security and Stability in the Middle East,” in partnership with the Defence and Security Foresight Group on Sept 17, 2020.

This panel brings into conversation various perspectives on security interdependence among Middle Eastern countries and explores the opportunities and challenges that the COVID-19 outbreak has created for diplomacy and dialogue in the region.

Keynote: Ambassador Stefanie McCollum, Canada’s representative to the State of Qatar.


  • Dennis Horak, Canada’s Former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
  • Bessma Momani, Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo
  • Luciano Zaccara, Professor of Gulf Politics at Gulf Studies Center, Qatar University
  • Rothna Begum, Senior Researcher at Human Rights Watch

Moderator: Sanam Shantyaei, Senior Journalist & Host of Middle East Matters at France24

This panel is part of a discussion series about the impact of COVID-19 on international peace and security. The discussion series is supported by the Department of National Defence’s Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security (MINDS) program.

Belarus at a Crossroads: Mass Protest and Regime Instability

On October 9, 2020, The Defense and Security Foresight Group held “Belarus at a Crossroad: 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?