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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.
28 June 2022 - National Security and Artificial Intelligence: Global Trends and Challenges
Live Webcast. 1600-1800 ET. Registration at link.
Much of the research, development, application, and testing of artificial intelligence technologies is taking place separately from international efforts to define suitable norms, guidance, and ethics to govern these technologies. Bridging these two lines of effort—innovation and governance—is an urgent necessity, particularly in the ongoing pursuit of AI technologies with applications for national security and public safety.
To explore this issue, CSIS Intelligence Fellow Jake Harrington will host a panel discussion examining how the United States, its allies, and its partners must lead in the development of comprehensive norms and standards that will allow democratic states to harness the potential of emerging technology and data without undermining core democratic principles, such as privacy, transparency, fairness, and due process.
1 July 2022 - The War in Ukraine and Taiwan’s Defensive Planning
Online - 1100-1200 BST. Registration at link.
As the conflict in Ukraine illustrates, smaller states can leverage a combination of asymmetrical tactics and societal resilience to repel aggression. In this seminar, Admiral Lee Hsi Min, previously Chief of the General Staff of the Republic of China (Taiwan), will discuss Taiwan's overall defence concept and its vision for blunting aggression by a larger opponent.
1 July 2022 - Rapid Response Briefing – Unpacking the 2022 NATO Summit – A Conversation with Admiral James Stavridis
Zoom Webinar - 1000-1030 ET. Registration at link.
Please join us for a special conversation with Admiral James G. Stavridis, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander. Admiral Stavridis will share his analysis of the NATO Summit in Madrid, the new NATO Strategic Concept, NATO enlargement, and threats to the Alliance as well as his unique insights on the role of naval leadership in NATO’s strategy.
5 July 2022 - Russian Information Warfare: Observations From The War on Ukraine
MS Teams Webinar. 1200-1300 ET. Open to all ranks serving CAF, DND, current contractors and serving allies ONLY.
Registration as per attached poster. Part of the DRDC/RMC/PSTC Information, Warfare and Coffee Series.
Russia's conventional military performance in Ukraine has fallen far short of expectations. But in the cyber and information domains, Russia's failure to achieve many of its objectives has more to do with active and dynamic opposition than Russia's own shortcomings in planning. This discussion will focus on what has prevented Russian success, and what that means for future conflict.
Keir Giles is a Senior Consulting Fellow with the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House in London. He also works with the Conflict Studies Research Centre (CSRC), a group of subject matter experts in Eurasian security headquartered in Northamptonshire, UK. Keir is an internationally recognised expert on the Russian approach to information warfare, including the subdomains of disinformation, cyber-enabled operations, and cyber conflict. He is the author of a significant number of ground-breaking studies on Russian theory, doctrine, and structures for engaging in information and cyber confrontation, many of which pre-date the explosion of interest in the topic that followed the annexation of Crimea.
7 July 2022 - Russia’s War on the Eastern Front of 1914: Precedents for the Current Ukraine Conflict
Military History Webinar - 1600-1700 BST. Registration at link.
While commentators on the current war in Ukraine have frequently turned to Soviet history for longer-term insights, casting back further to the Imperial Russian Army’s invasion and objectives in Ukrainian-populated lands early in the First World War reveals overlooked but striking precedents and parallels.
In the summer of 1914, at the First World War’s outset, the Imperial Russian Army launched powerful offensives into Central Europe. The primary thrust was in the south of the theatre of operations, where four Russian armies invaded Habsburg eastern Galicia, a region which covered today’s western Ukraine.
Professor Alexander Watson discusses the strategic objectives, operational failures and abundant accompanying war atrocities of the Galician campaign of 1914 as a forgotten precedent for war in our own times.
13 July 2022 - Maritime Security Dialogue: Naval Aviation Update
Live Webcast - 1500-1600 ET. Registration at link.
The year 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier. In celebration, please join the CSIS International Security Program and the U.S. Naval Institute for a Maritime Security Dialogue event with VADM Kenneth Whitesell, USN, Commander, Naval Air Forces and Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet; RADM James Downey, USN, Program Executive Officer for Aircraft Carriers; and RADM Andrew Loiselle, USN, Director, Air Warfare Division, N98, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.
19 July 2022 - Lessons Learned From The Ukraine-Russia Information War
Online Event - 1300-1400 ET. Registration at link.
Advances in cyber analysis and security are changing how combat operations are waged, and making information more critical on and off the battlefield. The changing nature of war is particularly apparent now in Eastern Europe, as Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine. Join Defense One as we bring experts together to discuss the ongoing information war, and the lessons the U.S. can learn from Ukraine.
13 September 2022 - The future of national security in the world of the “n-block war”
Zoom Webinar. 1300-1600 ET. Registration at link.
In the late 1990s, the US Marine General Charles Krulak came up with the concept of the “Three Block War” to illustrate the complex spectrum of challenges likely to be faced by soldiers on the modern battlefield. The idea was that the future of warfighting would be in urban environments in failing states, where soldiers might be doing humanitarian assistance in one block, peacekeeping in another, and actual combat in another.
With the “Freedom Convoy” of truckers, followed quickly by the Russian invasion of Ukraine in late February 2022, we are witnessing the rise of what we can call the “n-block war,” a multi-dimensional combat environment that sees the collapse of the traditional distinctions between soldier and civilian, state and nonstate actors, information operations and news reporting, mercenaries and insurgents, all of it thrown into, and mediated by, the constantly shifting and evolving real-time information environment.
This panel will look at the future of national security in the world of the n-block war, addressing questions such as: How should we prepare? What should we prioritize? With whom should we ally?
22-23 September 2022 - FINDING OUR WAY BACK: Defining a Coherent International Strategy for Canada
Save the Date
Where is Canada going? What should be its place on the international scene? At the crossroads of global change, Canada faces new threats, but also many opportunities. As we question how Canada should defend itself and how best to ensure its security, join experts and practitioners to understand the current environment through in-depth discussions on Canada’s international policy.
With two consecutive failures to win a United Nations Security Council seat and declining military capabilities, Canada’s place on the international stage is in question. While the changing role of the great powers and the weakening of international norms are debated, a significant decline in Canadian diplomatic activism is observable. At the same time, Canadian defense policy also sometimes suffers from a lack of clarity. Developing a proactive strategy to reposition Canada on the international scene could, however, change the situation. To become aware of the rapid evolution of the global security environment, this colloquium reviews the state of the international environment and its new threats. Its roundtables focus on Canada’s strategic assets as well as its interests and priorities. The colloquium goal is to better identify how Canada’s international strategy could become more coherent and proactive, and to predict what path it should choose.
11-13 October 2022 - International Competition in the High North
Save the Date for the Kingston Conference on International Security (KCIS) - Registration information will be available on their website in July.
Transformations underway in global politics are mirrored and concentrated in the Arctic.
For circumpolar countries, the security implications of international competition in the North are profound. KCIS 2022 proposes to explore these implications and how Canada, the United States and NATO allies can and should respond.
How will emerging great-power competition affect the security environment in the circumpolar region? What foreign and defence policy implications flow from the increased geopolitical/geostrategic instability in the Arctic? How will the changes in Arctic affect future defence and security operations?