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Influential team of thought leaders to tackle the major security issues Canada faces in series of papers

OTTAWA, Jan. 16, 2017 – The Macdonald-Laurier Institute has assembled a team of the world’s best leading experts on security, defence and global affairs to draw attention to the major security issues Canada is facing around the globe.

The six-part Global Security Look Ahead project kicks off today with an Inside Policy essay by Alex Wilner, a professor at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, introducing the series. The first paper will be released later this week, with another to follow every week until the end of February.

Here’s the full agenda:

  • Edward Luttwak, an associate at the Center For Strategic And International Studies, on a new role for Canada in the Pacific
  • Stephen Saideman, Paterson Chair in International Affairs at Carleton University's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, on the unpredictable Donald Trump
  • Ray Boisvert, former Assistant Director of Intelligence with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, on building a cyber safe society
  • Alex Wilner, Assistant Professor of International Affairs at Carleton University's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, on what comes after defeating ISIS
  • Stéfanie von Hlatky, Assistant Professor in the Department of International Studies at Queen's University, on NATO’s evolving deterrence posture
  • Aurel Braun, Professor of International Relations and Political Science at the University of Toronto, and Stephen Blank, a Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council, on Russia’s challenge to the Arctic

“The policy world is not devoting nearly enough oxygen to the unprecedented security issues Canada is facing”, says Alex Wilner, a professor at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.

Alex Wilner“This series will bring together the best thought leaders from around the world to spark the debate about how Canada should be confronting its many security threats”.

Wilner says he hopes the series will serve as a roadmap for what Canadians can expect on the security file in 2017.

“The world is an unpredictable place, but the seeds of many security events that grab the world’s attention are planted well in advance”, says Wilner. “This project will draw attention to the security threats that are resting just below the surface”.

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Dr. Alex S. Wilner is an Assistant Professor of International Affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA), Carleton University and a Munk Senior Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.

The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is the only non-partisan, independent national public policy think tank in Ottawa focusing on the full range of issues that fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government.

For more information, please contact Mark Brownlee, communications manager, at 613-482-8327 x105 or email at mark.brownlee@macdonaldlaurier.ca.