Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute
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The Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute (CDFAI) is an independent, non-partisan research institute based in Calgary with offices in Ottawa. Incorporated as a charitable organization in 2001, the institute pursues new ideas to focus the national debate and understanding of Canada’s international policies with the ultimate aim of ensuring a more globally engaged Canada. CDFAI believes that doing so enhances Canadian security and prosperity. CDFAI is dedicated to educating Canadians, and particularly those who have leadership roles in shaping Canadian foreign policy, about the importance of Canada being proactive in world affairs with tangible diplomatic, military and aid assets.
CDFAI's Fellows program brings together talented and experienced academics and practitioners with backgrounds in the defence, diplomacy and development. The Fellows support the institute by authoring research papers and responding to media queries. CDFAI also runs conferences and courses, initiates polling, and develops outreach and education projects.
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CDFAI produces a quarterly newsletter called The Dispatch. The Dispatch brings together CDFAI fellows to provide critical insight on international issues important to Canada in the world.
Papers and Research
The research that is undertaken by CDFAI through its Fellow program is designed to raise the level of knowledge and appreciation about issues of Canadian defence, foreign policy, development and international aid. The institute produces Research Papers, Policy Papers, Policy Updates, Country Studies, and periodical columns by distinguished Fellow Jack Granatstein and Vice-President Colin Robertson which are meant to give an introductory "need to know" overviews, from a Canadian perspective, of important world events.
Strategic Studies Working Group
The Strategic Studies Working Group (SSWG) is a partnership between the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute and the Canadian International Council (CIC), which incorporates the former Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies. The SSWG is administered by CDFAI which also conducts research and produces publications on security and defence issues on behalf of the partnership. All projects undertaken by the SSWG are first approved by CIC and are co-published or co e-published according to CIC standards.
The SSWG has begun to host E-Conferences on issues related to defence and security. The e-conferences are structured to take place over a number of weeks, with each week having a specific topic. The e-conferences include regular commentaries by academics and practitioners, Twitter Q&A's, live chats and major articles placed in national media.
- The Future of Fighting conference focused on the what the Canadian Forces might look like in the coming decade to reflect the changing funding and combat environment.
- The Drone Week conference was focused on understanding some of the practical, legal and moral questions surrounding the current use of drones and what future lies ahead for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles.
The SSWG produces Research Papers which keep in line with the partnership's purpose of focusing on defence and security topics. The Strategic Profile Canada is a project which provides a comprehensive overview of Canada's demographic, economic and military information.
The 3Ds Blog is a site managed by CDFAI and provides defence and security news from Canada and around the world. Blog updates are made by CDFAI fellows, the majority coming from Mark Collins.
CDFAI organizes a speakers series which is annually themed on a specific topic of importance to Canadian defence and foreign affairs issues. The speaking events are held quarterly in Calgary and brings together business people, academics, and praticioners to listen to some of Canada's mosat important and influential thinkers. Former speakers include Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence; Michael Bell, former diplomat; and Yuen Pau Woo, president and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada among others.
From 2002 to 2010 CDFAI hosted annual conferences in Ottawa around critical issues in Canadian defence and foreign policy. These conferences attracted high-calibre speakers, key policy makers, prominent academics, and a large number of the interested public.
- Canada's Changing Role: The New Cold War and Canada's Place In The World
- Trilateral Border Issues Symposium
- SSWG e-Conference: Drone Week
- Canada's National Strategic Relations: NATO & NORAD
- Canada & The United States: What Does It Mean To Be Good Neighbours?
- Canada as the “Emerging Energy Superpower”: Testing the Case
- Foreign Policy Under a Conservative Government: An Interim Report Card
- The World in Canada: Demographics, Diversity & Domestic Politics in Canadian Foreign Policy
- Defining the National Interest
- Changing Canadian Foreign Policy
- Canada-US Strategic Partnership
Ross Munro Award
The Ross Munro Media Award was initiated, in 2002, by the Conference of Defence Associations, in concert with the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute. Its purpose is to recognize, annually, one Canadian journalist who has made a significant and outstanding contribution to the understanding, by the general public, of Canada’s defence and security issues. Submissions can be made in either of Canada’s official languages.
- Mr. Louie Palu (2014)
- Mr. Adam Day (2012) - Legion Magazine
- Ms. Rosie DiManno (2011) - Toronto Star
- Mr. Murray Brewster (2010) - The Canadian Press
- Mr. Brian Stewart (2009)
- Mr. Alec Castonguay (2008) - Le Devoir & L’actualité
- Mr. Matthew Fisher (2007) – Canwest
- Ms. Christie Blatchford (2006) - The Globe and Mail
- Mr. Bruce Campion-Smith (2005) - Toronto Star
- Ms. Sharon Hobson (2004) - Jane’s Defence Weekly
- Mr. Garth Pritchard (2003)
- Mr. Stephen Thorne (2002) - The Canadian Press
Military Journalism Course
The Military Journalism Course was started in 2002 as a nine-day course which introduces university students to military journalism and the Canadian Armed Forces. The course is run in partnership with the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary and includes a combination of media-military theory in a classroom setting, coupled with field visits to Armed Forces regular and reserve units. The stated goal of the program is to enhance the military education of future Canadian journalists who will report on Canadian military activities domestically and abroad. In 2007, the program introduced its first Francophone Military Journalism course held at the Université de Montréal and Canadian Forces Base Valcartier, near Québec City.
Fifteen advisors provide feedback on current and future programs.
- Perrin Beatty, PC - Member of Parliament from 1972-1993. Held potfolios including Minister of National Revenue, Solicitor General of Canada, Minister of National Defence, Minister of National Health and Welfare and Minister of Communications. President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
- Ian Brodie - Former Chief of Staff for Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper from 2006-2008. Worked as Strategic Advisor at the Inter-American Development Bank in international and multi-lateral finance. He was the IDB's 'Sherpa' for the 2012 Summit of the Americas in Cartagena and has represented the IDB at G-20 meetings.
- Jocelyn Coulon - Director of the Peace Operations Research Network, at the Centre d'études et de recherches internationales de l'Université de Montréal.
- Robert Fowler - Former Deputy Minister of National Defence, Ambassador to the United Nations, Italy and UN Special Envoy to Niger.
- Jack Granatstein, OC, FRSC - Historian specializing in military history. Former director and CEO of the Canadian War Museum.
- Peter Harder - Senior Policy advisor at Fraser Milner Casgrain. President of the Canada China Business Council. Former Deputy Minister of Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
- Dan Hays, PC - Senator from 1984-2007 and former Leader of the Opposition in the Senate. Senior partner with Norton Rose Canada.
- Raymond Henault, CMM, MSC, CD - Chief of Defence Staff from 2001-2004 and Chairman of the NATO Military Committee from 2005-2008.
- Don Macnamara, CD - First Chair of the Canadian International Council's Strategic Studies Working Group and is the current Chair of the Board of Governors of the Royal Military College of Canada.
- John Manley, PC, OC - President and Chief Executive of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. Former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada and Minister of Industry, Foreign Affairs and Finance.
- Anne McGrath - Current National Director of the New Democratic Party of Canada and has served as chief of staff to Official Opposition leaders Jack Layton, Nycole Turmel, and Thomas Mulcair.
- David Pratt, PC - Member of Parliament from 1997-2003 and former Minister of National Defence from 2003-2004.
- Elinor Sloan - Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University.
- Christopher Waddell - Associate professor and director of Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication in Ottawa. He was the CBC News Parliamentary Bureau Chief from 1993 to 2001. Prior, he was at the Globe and Mail between 1984-91 as economics reporter, Ottawa Bureau Chief, associate editor and then national editor of the paper. Recipient of two National Newspaper Awards and programs he supervised at CBC Television won six Gemini awards for television excellence.
- Robert G. Wright - Canadian Ambassador to Japan from 2001-2005 and to China from 2005-2009.
CDFAI currently has one Senior Analyst to regularly provide commentary and analysis for Canadian and international media on issues surrounding defence, security and international relations.
- David Bercuson, OC, FRSC - Full-time professor at the University of Calgary, Director of the University's Centre for Military and Strategic Studies and Director of Programs at the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute.
- Barry Cooper - Teaches political philosophy at the University of Calgary. Publishes a regular column in the Calgary Herald and other CanWest Global papers. Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary.
- Daryl Copeland - Served as a Canadian diplomat to Ethiopia, Malaysia, New Zealand and Thailand. Author of the book Guerrilla Diplomacy: Rethinking International Relations, released in July 2009.
- Marius Grinius - Marius Grinius joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1979 after serving in the Canadian Army for 12 years. His early overseas postings included Bangkok, NATO/Brussels and Hanoi. Assignments back in Ottawa included desk officer for nuclear arms control, Director for Asia Pacific South and then Director for South East Asia. In 1997 he was posted back to Vietnam as Ambassador.
- Colin Robertson - Honorary captain in the Royal Canadian Navy and former Consul General in Los Angeles. Currently a Senior Strategic adviser for McKenna, Long and Aldridge LLP and works with the CCCE. Sits on the board of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute and Canada World Youth.
- Hugh Segal, CM - Senator for Kingston-Frontenac-Leeds, Senior Fellow of the Queen’s School of Policy Studies, and a Member of both the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, and of the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance in Stockholm.
- Derek Burney, OC - Former Ambassador to the United States 1989-1993 and chief of staff to the Prime Minister 1987-1989. Senior Strategic Advisor at Norton Rose Canada. Visiting Professor and Senior Distinguished Fellow at Carleton University and Chancellor at Lakehead University.
- Andrew Godefroy, CD - Strategic analyst serving on the adjunct faculties at the Royal Military College of Canada and the University of Calgary. Fellow at the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies.
- Hrach Gregorian - President of the Washington D.C. based research organization, the Institute of World Affairs. Member of the Graduate Faculty, School of Peace and Conflict Management, Royal Roads University; Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria; Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, School of International Service, American University.
- Mike Jeffery, CMM, CD - Former Chief of the Land Staff from August 2000 to May 2003. Honorary Campaign Chairman for the Royal Canadian Artillery Heritage Campaign.
- Andrew Leslie, CMM, MSC, MSM, CD - Attained the rank of Lieutenant-General and served as the Chief of the Land Staff and Commander of the Land Forces (Army). In 2010 he was appointed Canadian Forces Chief of Transformation and tasked with reporting on where future funding for the CF should be directed. Retired from the Canadian Forces in 2011 and is a former Senior Vice President at CGI Group.
- George MacDonald - Senior Partner with CFN Consultants. Former Vice Chief of the Defence Staff from 2001 to 2004.
- Paul Maddison - Served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 37 years, retiring in 2013 at the rank of Vice Admiral. He served as the Canadian Armed Forces Assistant Chief of Military Personnel in 2006, followed by a promotion to Rear-Admiral in 2008 and appointment as Commander of Maritime Forces Atlantic in Halifax. He was appointed Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy in 2011.
- David Pratt - David Pratt is an independent consultant. Most recently, he spent five months in Baghdad, Iraq as a Senior Parliamentary Expert with the USAID sponsored Iraq Legislative Strengthening Program – currently the largest legislative capacity building project in the world. From 2004-2008, he served as Special Advisor to the Secretary General of the Canadian Red Cross (CRC). He also led the CRC’s ‘Auxiliary to Government’ project which promoted a new relationship between the CRC and governments at all levels.
- Stephen Randall, FRSC - Professor of History at the University of Calgary and Director of the Latin American Research Centre.
CDFAI Fellows regularly provide expert commentary and analysis of ongoing international events in TV and print new media.
CDFAI Vice-President Colin Robertson was named in Embassy Magazine 2012 edition of the “Top 80 Influencing Canada Foreign Policy”.
- University of Pennsylvania, 2012 Global Go To Think Tanks Index Report
- University of Pennsylvania, 2013 Global Go To Think Tanks Index Report
- University of Pennsylvania, 2014 Global Go To Think Tanks Index Report