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We produce peer-reviewed, evidence-based research and analysis on Canadian defence and international security. The CDA Istitute 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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We annually recognize great Canadians through our Awards Program, which includes the Vimy Award, the Ross Munro Media Award, and the Nichola Goddard “Game Changer” Award. Learn more about the recipients and how to nominate a deserving Canadian.

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