The Voice of Reason

We produce peer-reviewed, evidence-based research and analysis on Canadian defence and international security. The CDA Institute brings together academia, government, and industry into the conversation through our flagship Expert Series and Ottawa Conference on Security & Defence. We are a community of Canadians who care about our nation’s role in the world, and who are committed to a principled and rational approach to Canada’s foreign policy.  

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Through our education programmes, graduate conferences, internships, and mentorship opportunities, we are building the skill sets and expertise of the next generation of Canadian security and defence leaders.

Recognizing Excellence

We annually recognize inspiring Canadians through our Awards Program, which includes the Vimy Award, the Ross Munro Media Award, and the Nichola Goddard “Game Changer” Award.

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BOOK REVIEW: Gendered Militarism in Canada

By Charlotte Duval-Lantoine The years 2014 and 2015 were turning points for Canada and its military. The Canadian Armed Forces left Afghanistan in March 2014, ending its thirteen-year participation in a conflict that had a lasting mental and...

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Canadian Foreign Intelligence Agency: Time for Action

by Alistair Hensler & Tyler Berry Canada’s diffuse and relatively decentralized intelligence community is unique among democratic nations. The incapacity to covertly collect foreign human intelligence (HUMINT) abroad places Canada among a...

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NATO at 70: A sign of the times?

Usually, every ten years, NATO member-states convene and negotiate a new Strategic Concept, a living document that gives purpose and direction to the Alliance. Since the last such discussion happened in Lisbon in 2010, when it was endorsed by NATO Heads of...

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BUDGET 2019 OVERVIEW – Defence and Security

Not unexpectedly in an election year, and nearly two years removed from the publication of Strong, Secure, Engaged, Canada’s Defence Policy, Budget 2019 contains relatively little in the way of new defence commitments, although it does have a section on...

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Future of Canada’s Cybersecurity

*Image courtesy of itworldcanada.comBy Andriyha Soans            Computer technology today is ubiquitous. In 2017, there was an estimated 3 billion hand held devices in circulation across the globe with a 50 per cent increase expected by 2020.[i] These...

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