Defence, Intelligence, Extremism: Dealing with Contemporary Conflict

16 November 2018 08:00-17:45

Location: The Strategy Room, #320, Morris J Wosk Conference Centre, 580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Purpose:  To give practitioners and academics the opportunity to engage with each other, discussing emerging threats and security problems. There is a particular emphasis on defence and intelligence issues. 

On 16 November 2018, The Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies, a West Coast based non-profit organization in Vancouver will be hosting its first annual conference under the theme defence, intelligence, and extremism. The conference is supported by SFU School for International Studies. Its objective is to establish a leadership role on issues pertaining to the dialogue on security, extremism, and public safety on the West Coast. The conference features specialists in the fields of intelligence, hybrid warfare, identity conflict, and fifth-generation warfare. This forum for dialogue provides critical perspectives on responding to modern threats, highlighting and identifying the shape of contemporary conflict, and state-based warfare. The conference also examines the operational dimension of the intelligence function of the state as it pertains to adapting to evolving threats.

The Conference is thematically split into security and defence sessions. Security, terrorism and extremism issues will be addressed during the morning session and state-based defence posture and intelligence will be addressed in the afternoon session. The event concludes with a formal Mess dinner on the evening of November 16th at either the HMCS Discovery or Seaforth Highlanders Officers' mess.

Outcomes: This conference is unique because it generates both academic research and policy-relevant knowledge. These outcomes may be used to inform responses to emerging national and international security threats of a non-traditional and often ambiguous nature. In addition, through networking among practitioners from various branches of the Canadian defence and security community, international experts and academics, this forum will build relationships to enhance the sharing of relevant information and ideas necessary to confront such new security challenges. 

Outputs: A Special issue of the Journal of Intelligence, Conflict and Warfare will be published following the conference. This will contain the conference papers and any briefing notes generated from discussion panels.

Mess Dinner: $100
Conference & Mess Dinner: $150 (members only)

MESS DINNER November 16th 2018 20:00-00:00
For guidance on rules and procedures of mess dinners please see:
Regimental  guidance      

It is imperative that mess dinner tickets are booked well in advance as seats are limited.

Special requests for seating next to particular speakers or guests can only be arranged by email before the closing date for booking. 

The conference has been sponsored by:
CASIS (Ottawa)
SFU International Studies 
Private Donors

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