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Defence and Security Studies Programme

Past Special Events:


May 15: The Volatile Korean Peninsula 

with Charles Burton and Davi Welch, moderated by Reid Morden. The video of this event can be viewed here.

The RCMI/ WIIS Canada 2018 Spring Conference
International Security in 2018: Canadian Responses to Contemporary Challenges

in partnership with The Center for National Security Studies, Canadian Forces College

Jointly organized by the Royal Canadian Military Institute (RCMI) and Women in International Security Canada (WIIS-Canada). The theme of our 2018 conference was International Security in 2018: Canadian Responses to Contemporary Challenges. The event took place at the Institute’s facilities at 426 University Avenue, Toronto.The conference focused on contemporary challenges that are arising in global security in the twenty-first century and discusses how Canada will need to address them. It covered a broad spectrum of topics, including new technologies and its impacts on national security, gendered environment and sexualized violence in the Canadian security sector, and Canada’s feminist foreign and security policy.IS-Canada.

An audiovisual record of the conference has been produced and uploaded to the Internet.
The conference photo album (photos by MCpl Kevin MacMillan and Eric Morse) has been published and available for viewing here.
The evening keynote session of the conference with Dr Barbara Falk in conversation with RAdm Jennifer Bennett, and the final address by Dr Stefanie von Hlatky has been published and is available for viewing here. 
Panel One of the conference with Melinda Mansour as moderator, and speakers Najma Sultana and Alex Wilner has been published and available for viewing here. 
Panel Two of the conference, with Caroline Leprince as moderator and speakers Assistant Commissioner Barbara FleuryRoyal Canadian Mounted Police and Executive Director of the Canadian Police College and CWO Necole Belanger has been published and available for viewing here.  
Panel Three of the conference with  Dr. Sandra Whitworth of York University as moderator, with speakers Dr. Leah Sarson, SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College and Caroline Delany, Director, Planning and Deployments Division, Peace and Stabilization Programs, Global Affairs Canada has been published and  available for viewing here. 


The Institute organizes periodic roundtable discussions ('Defence and Security Studies After Hours') presented by the Defence and Security Studies Programme. These forums are designed to allow attendees to actively participate in the discussion of current issues from terrorism to current conflicts in an informal setting after work. Depending on a speaker's schedule, luncheons are occasionally organized. Check RCMI Dispatches and our Calendar for updated information.

At the Annual General Meeting of January 25 2017, the RCMI Board of Directors announced the stand-up of the DSSCP after a hiatus of some years. The Committee held its first meeting on February 23, and its initial membership consists of:
Maj Daniel Eustace, (Ret’d) Chair
Mr. Eric Morse, Vice-Chair
MGen Fraser Holman (Ret’d)
Capt Robert Kennedy (Ret’d)
Col Keith Lawrence (Ret'd)
Ms. Connie Carter
Ms. Julie Lindhout
Mr. Reid Morden
Col John Selkirk (Ret’d)
Capt John Thompson (Ret’d)

(click links for biographies)

The Defence and Security Studies Committee: Robert Kennedy, Dan Eustace, John Thompson, Julie Lindhout, John Selkirk, Reid Morden, Eric Morse. Vignettes: Keith Lawrence and Fraser Holman

The Committee provides strategic guidance to, and supports planning and execution of, RCMI’s defence and security studies program initiatives and activities under the direction of the Director, Defence and Security Studies Program, who is also the Chair of the DSSPC. The DSSPC is mandated to assist the RCMI achieve its aim and mission by proposing and supporting educational activities, as well as providing insights, contacts and linkages with external organizations and persons who may also assist the RCMI achieve its aim and mission, all in accordance with the policies and direction established by the Board.