Continental Defence: Policies, Threats and Architecture (Continental Defence)
Venue: Coast Plaza Hotel Calgary
|Event Date/Time: May 04, 2006||End Date/Time: May 06, 2006|
|Early Registration Date: Apr 01, 2008|
The Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at The University of Calgary will host a major conference on “Continental Defence” between 4—6 May, 2006, This conference will follow shortly after the report of the Binational Planning Group on the renegotiation of NORAD, and the emergence of Canada Command as a working organisation. These events foreshadow major changes in Continental Defence and the security relationship between Canada and the United States. They will draw public attention to these topics in a way that has not happened for two generations. The significance of these issues will be redoubled if, as now seems likely, the current general election produces a change in government, as the Conservative Party has announced its disagreement with the defence policies of the previous administration, including such matters as Canadian participation in BMD. Thus, this conference will be addressing fundamental changes in basic aspects of continental defence as they happen. The recent general election makes these issues even more significant. The new government has announced its disagreement with central elements of the defence policies of the previous administration, including Canadian participation in BMD. Thus, this conference will be addressing fundamental changes in basic aspects of continental defence as they happen.
This conference will bring together major figures from the Canadian and United States military, alongside leading public and academic commentators. It will address all aspects of Continental Defence, with topics ranging from the future of American-Canadian defence relations to the issue of strategic threat to North America. These issues will be topical, and we anticipate sizable interest from the media. We aim to be controversial and to address major points which will educate public opinion, and decision makers, from both countries. The conference will appeal to large audiences of military officials and academics from several countries—we have hosted several conferences of 200 or so participants in the past five years, and expect this one to reach that size, or more. We will have many major Canadian and international figures on panels or making major presentations. Selected papers from the conference will be published in The Journal of Military and Strategic Studies.