Annex A: Workshop agenda

Rethinking Security
China and the Age of Strategic Rivalry

An unclassified workshop of the Academic Outreach program
of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS)

6 March 2018, CSIS Headquarters, Ottawa

 

Agenda

 

8:30 – 8:45                    Opening remarks: Context and objectives of the seminar

 

8:45 – 9:30                    Setting the Scene

            Fear and Competition: What explains the geopolitical antagonism between the West and China today?

 

9:30 – 11:00                   Module 1 – Domestic Politics: Inside the Chinese politburo and the “great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation”

            A New Chapter: Unpacking the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party

            That’s the Spirit: The evolving role of ideology in China’s politics

            Reading China from Afar: Is the Chinese system becoming more opaque?

 

11:00 – 11:15                 Break

 

11:15 – 12:15                  Module 2 – Beijing’s evolving role as a global actor

             One Belt, One Road: What are China’s regional ambitions?

                                        The role of the Chinese military in its ‘near abroad’: Implications for global security

 

12:15 – 13:15                  Lunch

 

13:15 – 14:45                 Module 3 – Security implications for Canada and the West of an emboldened China

            Fingers in All Pots? The threat of foreign interference in democratic systems

                                       Expanding Coverage: China’s new intelligence legislation

            Advancements in Big Data and Social Credit: Exploring the security implications

 

14:45 – 15:00                  Break

 

15:00 – 16:30                 Module 4 – The new technology and innovation powerhouse on the block

            Exploring the country’s innovation potential

            Innovation and Preservation: Beijing’s own global financial architecture

                                       Emerging technologies and innovation in the Chinese military

 

16:30 – 17:15                 Module 5 – What Canada can expect from an emboldened China

            A Free Trade Agreement: How to seize the promises while avoiding the pitfalls

 

17:15 – 17:30                 Workshop synthesis

 

17:30                              Adjourn          

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