GSLAlogos-02The Macdonald-Laurier Institute has collected all six essays from its recently-concluded project on global security in once place

OTTAWA, April 6, 2017 – The world is an increasingly messy place. The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is diving headlong into the complexity of global affairs with its Global Security Look Ahead project.

We asked seven scholars from Canada and around the world to provide us with an expert assessment of the major threats and concerns Canadians, and their friends and allies, are likely to face in the coming year.

This publication compiles all six essays from the recently-concluded series into one place.

To read the essay compilation, titled “Global Security Look Ahead: A Collection of Essays”, click here.

“MLI is going beyond today’s headline to provide Canadians with a glimpse of tomorrow’s security and policy concerns”, writes Alex Wilner, the series’ editor. “Our goal is to cast our gaze forward, to provide Canadians with strategic guidance to the conflicts, challenges, and issues emerging on the horizon”.

Each article in this series explores a distinct and timely issue.

  • Renowned strategist Edward Luttwak from the Center for Strategic & International Studies assesses the geostrategic consequences of Chinese expansionism in the Pacific.
  • Carleton University’s Stephen Saideman discusses the effects a Donald Trump Presidency might have on US strategic planning and foreign policy.
  • Ray Boisvert, Provincial Security Advisor to the Government of Ontario and formerly from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), describes various security considerations and strategies for addressing cyber security.
  • Alex Wilner from Carleton University explores the counterterrorism and national security consequences of the Islamic State’s defeat and collapse in Syria and Iraq.
  • Stéfanie von Hlatky from Queen’s University assesses NATO’s nuclear and conventional deterrent capabilities for warding off Russian challenges in Europe and beyond.
  • Turning their attention northward, Aurel Braun and Stephen Blank – from University of Toronto and the American Foreign Policy Council, respectively – gauge Russian ambition in the Arctic.

Complexity need not lead to strategic confusion. That contemporary global affairs have turned difficult, even chaotic at times, suggests only that Canadians need to redouble their efforts to better identify their priorities and secure their interests. MLI’s Global Security Look Ahead provides some much needed clarity on the emerging issues that require greater Canadian attention.


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.

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