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This section offers a variety of discussions / presentations on contemporary issues.
Note: While the majority of events listed below are free, some might involve a cost. It such is the case, it will be at the individual's expense unless their supervisor agrees to fund. CDA HQ does not accept any responsibility to fund any listed activity.
Upcoming Online Events
1 September 2021 - Maritime Security Dialogue: An Update on the Marine Corps with Commandant Gen. David H. Berger
Webcast - 1130-1230 hours ET. Registration at link.
Please join CSIS and the U.S. Naval Institute for a Maritime Security Dialogue event featuring General David H. Berger, Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. General Berger and Dr. Seth G. Jones, CSIS Senior Vice President and Director of the International Security Program, will discuss the current state of the Marine Corps, future demands, and the implications on force posture and force design.
2 September 2021 - The 9-11 Attacks from a Historical Perspective
Webinar via Zoom - 1245 - 1400 hrs BST - Registration at link. To take part you must pre-register no later than 1 September using the ‘Register to attend’ at link.
The Al Qaeda attacks by the Al Qaeda terrorist organization on the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon, on 11 September 2001 were cataclysmic in totally changing the global strategic environment. This event will commemorate the 20th anniversary.
Professor Peter Neumann will provide a historical analysis of the attacks, their background and the short and medium term consequences. He will be followed by Suzanne Raine who will speak from her own experience at the time working in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with her specialisation in international security and counter-terrorism. Sir John Scarlett, who will moderate the event, will also contribute his perspective as Chair of the Cabinet Office Joint Intelligence Committee at the time.
This event will launch the Royal United Services Institute’s Military History Programme, the framework of which will be a series of monthly lectures and panels, seeking to draw lessons and longer-term insights from seminal past and current events.
8 September 2021 - Military Challenges to Future NATO Enlargement
Live Webcast - 1300-1400. Registration at link.
Please join CSIS and the International Security Program for a conversation on the potential military and budgetary implications of future NATO expansion. Past NATO expansion helped create a Europe whole, free, and at peace, but future expansion, should it occur, faces a hostile and militarily revitalized Russia. What might be the military requirements and resulting budget costs of extending NATO’s Article 5 commitment to countries such as Ukraine, Georgia, or Bosnia-Herzegovina, which are actively seeking NATO membership or even Sweden and Finland, about which there has been analysis and speculation about membership? How might NATO incorporate such considerations into its decision-making?
9 September 2021 - Counter-terrorism measures and sanctions: How to avoid negative consequences for humanitarian action?
Webcast - 1400 to 1530 hrs. Registration at link.
Counter-terrorism measures address broad forms of support to terrorist acts. Their expansion, internationally and domestically, has given rise to new points of friction with international humanitarian law. Unless the measures include adequate safeguards, they can impede humanitarian action. Country-specific sanctions imposed for other objectives, such as ending conflicts or protecting civilians, raise similar challenges for humanitarian action.
These problems are not new, but solutions at international and national level remain elusive.
9 September 2021 - The Global Impact of 9/11: Twenty Years On
Webcast - 1000 - 1130 hours ET. Registration at link.
The September 11, 2001 attack on the United States redefined international security threats and altered the nature of warfare globally. To commemorate the 20th anniversary, the Wilson Center examines the lasting impact of 9/11 and the global war on terror in three regions of the world: the Middle East, South Asia, and the West. Experts will discuss the enduring legacy of 9/11 in terms of conflict and regional instability, jihadism, politics, and U.S. global leadership.
10 September 2021 - Hindsight Up Front: Implications of Afghanistan Withdrawal for China and Russia
Live Webcast - 0900-1000 ET. Registration at link.
The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban’s return to power have major implications for two key U.S. competitors: China and Russia. What do developments in Afghanistan mean for their interests and for their relations with Afghanistan? Please join the Wilson Center for the latest event of its “Afghanistan: Hindsight Up Front” initiative as we address these questions and more.
13 September 2021 - CDA Election Debate on National Security & Defence
Webcast - 1030 - 1200 hrs - Registration at link.
The CDA Institute will be hosting an election debate on national security & defence. We are expecting the Liberal Party, the Conservative Party and the New Democratic Party. The names of the party representatives will be announced shortly. The event will be presided by former VCDS LGen Guy Thibault (ret'd) accompanied by guest journalist moderators.
Veuillez noter que le tout sera traduit simultanément en français.
13 September 2021 - Rethinking American Grand Strategy
Zoom Webinar - 1600 - 1730 hours ET. Registration at link.
What is grand strategy? What does it aim to achieve? And what differentiates it from normal strategic thought-what, in other words, makes it "grand"? In answering these questions, most scholars have focused on diplomacy and warfare, so much so that "grand strategy" has become almost an equivalent of "military history." The traditional attention paid to military affairs is understandable, but in today's world it leaves out much else that could be considered political, and therefore strategic. It is in fact possible to consider, and even reach, a more capacious understanding of grand strategy, one that still includes the battlefield and the negotiating table while expanding beyond them.
14 September 2021 - Displacement in Afghanistan: How Should the International Community Respond?
Webinar via Zoom - 0900-1030 hrs EST. Registration at link.
With the sudden return to power of the Taliban following the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, large numbers of people are fleeing Afghanistan or becoming displaced within the country.
In addition to the very real threats to gains in democracy, freedom of expression and women’s rights, political and military upheaval leading to forced displacement outside of the country will have significant impacts on countries in the region, many of which are still struggling to respond to refugees and migrants already in their countries. Countries including Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and the Central Asian countries — some of which have already indicated that they cannot or will not accept refugees — are likely to be the most affected.
Join this discussion with Afghanistan civil society and regional experts about the evolving situation and how countries in the region and the international community can respond to a looming humanitarian crisis.
14 September 2021 - Inuit: The Arctic We Want
Webcast - 1300 - 1500 hours ET. Registration at link.
On July 16-19, 2018, Inuit delegates from Alaska, Greenland, Canada and Chukotka came together for the 13th General Assembly of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC). Under the theme “Inuit – The Arctic We Want,” delegates discussed their concerns and developed actions to address them throughout the 2018-2022 term. The event culminated in the adoption of the Utqiaġvik Declaration, which reflects Inuit priorities at the international level and serves as the mandate for the ICC’s work over this period.
27-29 September 2021 - Defence Transformation Week Conference
Online event - free to Military and Government. Registration at link. GMT.
Key NATO nations are prioritising digitisation, disruptive innovation, and the transformation of capability across ISR; C2; the manned/unmanned/autonomous mix on land, at sea, in the air and in space; and synthetic training for future multi-domain operations.
30 September 2021 - Illicit Money: Financing Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century
Online - 1500 - 1600 hrs BST. Registration at link.
In Illicit Finance, CFCS associate fellow Jessica Davis (a Canadian) pulls together existing strands of terrorism financing research and assesses where we are in this expanding yet still nascent field. Davis considers how terrorists manage and also obscure their funds to evade detection, going beyond the old adage of terrorism financing to look at how funds are “raised, used, moved and stored”. By digging into the distinction between operational and organisational financing, as well as critically analysing the gender dynamics of terrorism financing, Illicit Money offers exciting new ways of understanding and identifying terrorism financing activity.
Enter before 30 September 2021 - Canadian Naval Review Essay Competition 2021
Canadian Naval Review will be holding its annual essay competition again in 2021. There will be a prize of $1,000 for the best essay, provided by the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust. The winning essay will be published in CNR. (Other non-winning essays will also be considered for publication, subject to editorial review.)
20-21 October 2021 - Land Forces Training Summit - The Bridge Between Combat Doctrine, Technology and Training Transformation
Online - All times US Eastern. Registration at link (Note - registration costs involved)
This year’s iteration of our Land Forces Training Summit will focus on discussions on how to deliver more effective training at the point of need to ensure that warfighters are ready to meet the challenge of future operations. Join our event to learn and interact with senior leaders on topics including:
• High Level Doctrinal And Live Training Approaches Across Allied Nations Unique To Individual Mission Sets
• Integrating Simulation Tech With Existing Live And Augmented Training
• Developing And Maintaining Interoperability Of Training Systems Across Allies
• Engaging In Human Optimization Through Data Collection
Previously Recorded Events
A Conversation on Climate Change with Admiral James Stavridis, US Navy (Retired), former Supreme Allied Commander NATO (Originally recorded 2 August 2021) (Not available on DWAN)
The Cipher Brief proudly presents A Series of Conversations on Climate & National Security. Join us for a virtual briefing with: Admiral James Stavridis (Ret.), Former Supreme Allied Commander, NATO
Space Race in the 21st Century: Understanding Russia’s Evolving Military Capabilities (Originally recorded 29 June 2021) (Not available on DWAN)
Please join CSIS for an important discussion on Russia’s space capabilities ... in a moderated discussion on the impact of Russian space capabilities on the U.S. and allied security as well as on future arms control discussions. Is this a new space race? How will China and Russia interact in space following their announcement of a future joint lunar station? Finally, what steps can the United States and its allies take to manage strategic competition in space?
La réglementation des espaces maritimes en Arctique (Enregistré à l'origine le 3 juin 2021) (Non disponible sur le RAD)
Visioconférence organisée par l’Institut de l’Océan de l’Alliance Sorbonne Université, le 3 juin 2021 et illustrée par de nombreuses cartes commentées.
Le nouvel âge des extrêmes? Entretien avec David Morin ( (Enregistré à l'origine le 4 mai 2021) (Non disponible sur le RAD)
Dans le cadre de la 6e édition du Forum St-Laurent sur la sécurité internationale, Amandine Hamon, doctorante en communication à l’UdeM, s’entretient avec David Morin, codirecteur avec Sami Aoun de Le nouvel âge des extrêmes? Les démocraties occidentales, la radicalisation et l’extrémisme violent (PUM, 2021).
World order in the 21st century: Illiberal orders, a concert of power, or a Western revival? (Originally recorded 29 April 2021) (Not available on DWAN)
This webinar launches, Anchoring the World: International Order in the Twenty-First Century, published by Foreign Affairs. This anthology marks the Centennials of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, the Council on Foreign Relations and Chatham House.
Evolution of Russian Cyber Tactics and Operations (Originally recorded 25 March 2021) (Not available on DWAN)
The SolarWinds network penetration operation, discovered late last year, is one of the most sophisticated cyberattacks western intelligence services have witnessed.
Quelle puissance – relative - de la France ? (Enregistré à l'origine le le 3 mars 2021) (Non disponible sur le RAD)
Comment caractériser la puissance française ? Quelle est la fonction de la thématique du déclin ? Comment exprimer son rêve de puissance ? Quelle stratégie ? Le général (2S) O. Kempf apporte des réponses stimulantes particulièrement bienvenues dans le contexte présent. Avec en bonus un résumé par Anna Monti, validé par O. Kempf.
Maritime Security Dialogue - USN: Setting the Theater in the Arctic (Originally recorded 2 February 2021) (Not available on the DWAN)
Please join CSIS and the U.S. Naval Institute for a Maritime Security Dialogue event featuring Admiral Robert P. Burke, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe / Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa and Commander, Allied Joint Forces Command Naples. This event will be moderated by Heather A. Conley, Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic; and Director, Europe Program.
The Post-Pandemic International Order (Originally posted 1 February 2021) (Not available on the DWAN)
COVID-19 has had extremely adverse effects on nearly every measure of human wellbeing. Civil liberties, economies, mental & physical health, and educational attainment have been significantly impacted by the pandemic. In the past year we’ve witnessed increasing backlash against globalization, the continued shifting of supply chains, the worldwide regression of democracy, a preponderance of populist movements, as well as a resurgence of nationalism.
Online Event: Surprise and Innovative Operational Concepts: Gaining Competitive Advantage in Great Power Conflicts (Originally recorded 29 January 2021) (Not available on the DWAN)
Great power competition has returned after a generation of absence, and the U.S. military edge over prospective opponents is eroding. Whereas previously, the United States could overwhelm adversaries with sheer force, it now needs every advantage it can get. Innovative operational concepts like surprise are tools for the United States to gain a competitive advantage in future conflicts.
A New Strategy for Countering Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (Originally recorded 8 January 2021) (Not available on the DWAN)
Please join the CSIS Missile Defense Project on January 8 for the rollout of the Department of Defense’s new document, the Counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Strategy. The discussion will feature MG Sean Gainey, Director, C-UAS Office and Director of Fires, G-3/5/7, and Nicole M. Thomas, Division Chief for Strategy and Policy, Joint C-UAS Office.
Quelle souveraineté économique pour la France du XXIe siècle ? (Enregistré à l'origine le le 3 décembre 2020) (Non disponible sur le RAD)
Anaïs Voy-Gillis et Axelle Degans éclairent brillamment les enjeux majeurs de la souveraineté économique de la France au XXIe s. La France se pense comme une puissance. Pourtant, en mars 2020 elle ne dispose plus sur son territoire des industries capables de produire du doliprane ou des masques, et le grand public prend alors conscience de la désindustrialisation du territoire de la France. Comment comprendre cette situation et que faire ? Les réponses.
Outre la vidéo de la visioconférence, vous trouverez ici un résumé réalisé par Jeanne Durieux pour Diploweb, validé par les deux conférencières.