Expert Briefing Series

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The Expert Briefing Series (EBS) features top Canadian and international defence and security experts for a Defence Team and Government of Canada audience. Through virtual webinars and roundtable discussions, defence and security practitioners engage in rich conversations with leading experts and diverse thinkers.

This flexible tool allows the DND to respond to an evolving security environment by accessing a variety of defence and security perspectives. These engagements help DND/CAF and its whole-of-government partners develop and maintain in-depth and nuanced knowledge and perspectives on key issues.

Recent highlights include:

Dr. Joana Cook, Assistant Professor at Leiden University examined the roles of women and gender in counterterrorism in the 20 years after 9/11.

Dr. Andy Knight, Professor at the University of Alberta, Huda Mukbil, a former Senior Intelligence Officer at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, and Shree Paradkar, a Toronto Star columnist discussed systemic racism in Canadian society and DND/CAF.

Gen. (ret.) Stanley A. McChrystal, a senior fellow at Yale University presented key insights from his latest book on risk management.

Dr. James Acton, Co-director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Dr. Seva Gunitsky, Associate Professor at the University of Toronto discussed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the conditions and potential for escalation.

Dr. Peter W. Singer, Principal at Useful Fiction LLC and Strategist at New America delivered a briefing on emerging technology in great power competition and the future of conflict.

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