Canada-US Defence Relations


A conference on Canada-U.S. Defence Relations: A Partnership for the 21st Century was held at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada on March 5, 2014. Policy practitioners, academics and representatives of civil society organizations came together to discuss many of the complex and evolving issues in the bilateral security and defence relationship. All original research and policy recommendations will be featured in a forthcoming special issue of Canadian Foreign Policy Journal to be published later this year. These efforts will promote public engagement with issues of Canadian and American defence and security and create a framework for additional outreach beyond the scholarly and policy communities.

Partners involved in the creation and promotion of this event include the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) and Canadian Foreign Policy Journal (CFPJ), Carleton University; the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS), University at Buffalo – State University of New York; Centre for International Development (CID), Ball State University; and iAffairs Canada*.

Panel 1: Defence and Security Abroad

David R. Kocan, Managing Director of the Canada-United States Law Institute: “U.S.-Canadian Shiprider Operations”

Dr. Christian Leuprecht, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Economics at the Royal Military College of Canada: “Canada’s Armed Servants: Discretion in Grand Strategy”

Edwin R. Nolan, Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the United States Embassy in Ottawa: “The U.S.-Canada Defense Relationship”

Panel 2: North American Security Issues

Alexander Salt, Department of Political Studies at the University of Manitoba: “Cultural Differences: Transformation and the Future of U.S.-Canadian Defence Relations”

Dr. Justin Massie, Professor of Political Science at the University of Quebec in Montreal: “Ideological Shift? Harper and Chrétien Toward the Wars in Libya and Kosovo”

Dr. P. Whitney Lackenbauer, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History at St. Jerome’s University at the University of Waterloo: “Canada, United States and Arctic Security: New Challenges in a Transforming Circumpolar World”

Panel 3: Afghanistan – Looking Back, Looking Forward

Dr. Stephen Saideman, Paterson Chair in International Affairs at Carleton University: “Canada’s Mission as Part of NATO in Afghanistan”

Dr. Kenneth Holland, Director of the Center for International Development and Professor of Political Science at Ball State University: “Security, Governance and Development: The Future of Afghanistan”

Dr. Nipa Banerjee, Head of Canada’s aid program in Kabul for three years (2003 to 2006): “Development in Afghanistan: What Role for International Assistance and the Donor Community?”

David Perry, Senior Defence Analyst with the CDA Institute: “Canadian Defence Spending in Afghanistan”

*The organizers of this workshop are grateful to the Defence Engagement Program (DEP) of the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) for their financial support throughout this project.

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