Currently, CASIS Vancouver is undertaking four research projects:
Hybrid Challenges to Canada from State and Non-State Actors, under the direction of Dr. Nicole Jackson
The purpose of this project is to boost Canada's skeletal research capacity on Russia and hybrid warfare. The first stage of this project is to create a network of experts on Russia and hybrid warfare to analyze the scope of Russia's challenges to Canada, and possible options in response. There is a call for papers on Understanding Russian Hybrid Warfare: What is its impact on Canada and what is the role of defence and intelligence in addressing it. These papers will be published both through CASIS Vancouver, and an edited journal.
Unrestricted Warfare, under the direction of Dr. Nancy Teeple
Modern Strategy: Countering Asymmetric Challenges and Unrestricted Warfare:
This project explores the strategic challenges posed by adversaries employing asymmetric methods against superior powers, including Unrestricted Warfare characterized by the blurring of boundaries between the domains of warfare and society itself. This limitless form of aggression employs military and non-military means via kinetic and non-kinetic activities to offset militarily superior powers and undermine the global status quo. This project seeks solutions to counter, mitigate, and manage such emerging threats and challenges through tailored means of detection, disruption, prevention, and deterrence. This project involves collaboration among experts on certain state and non-state actors employing asymmetric challenges and unrestricted warfare against the West and its Allies, in addition to specialists on emerging weapons technologies – their destabilizing effects and the gaps left open to offset capabilities
Fifth Generation Warfare, under the direction of Adjunct Professor Candyce Kelshall
This project is designed to create a database of incidents which demonstrate an increase in violence between intra state groups which threaten state authority. Examining a shift in the nature of the combatants in contemporary conflict seeks to highlight the possibility that violent transnational social movements as well as violent ideological movements present a significant threat to the state and its cohesiveness in addition to traditional threat notions such as insurgency and terrorism. Previous generations of war are state vs state or group versus state focused. The notion of Fifth generation warfare examines the possibility that a new generation is evolving where groups within the state move through phases of extremist thought, conglomoration via social movements and then expressed as violence. This action may be viewed as a direct threat to states as the reponse by the state arguably strengthens group causes. The methods of violent expression may be hybrid in nature and emphasize the use of information warfare and a reversal of the ' power to the edge 'concept, which inform the principles of net centric warfare.
Right-Wing Extremism in West Coast North America, under the direction of Adjunct Professor Candyce Kelshall, and Research Lead Caitlin Manz
This research project focuses on identifying the presence of the Right-Wing Extremist threat across the West Coast of North America. Its role is to monitor the scope and depth of the extremist sentiment, with the purpose of measuring any appreciable growth in the RWE threat, and its implications on the West Coast of North America. One faction of this project will focus on pinpointing a way to recognize the build-up leading to the transition to violent extremism. To do this, counter narrative workshops will be conducted in high schools, which will deconstruct violent narratives, and facilitate critical thinking amongst Canadian youth, seeking to halt the radicalization process, and illuminate when individuals begin to associate themselves with extremist rhetoric.