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Report highlights opportunities for research collaboration on transnational security issues to mitigate their impact

 
2012-03-06

A collaborative workshop involving federal government stakeholders and academics has resulted in a newly released report, co-edited by a Queen’s professor, on the impact of transnational trends on national and border security.

The workshop aimed to mobilize policy-relevant research by promoting dialogue and opportunities for research collaboration. It identified themes for prospective research, including the effect of shifting economic and market structures and the globalization of the movement of goods and people, population displacement, illicit networks and organized crime, terrorism, technological change and innovation, such as cyber security, and climate change.

“As a result of Canada’s geostrategic location, Canadians have not been used to having to pay too much attention to security, but things have changed in the post-September 11 world,” says report co-editor Christian Leuprecht, a fellow at Queen’s Centre for International and Defence Policy and an associate professor of political science at the Royal Military College, “Canada faces its own unique national security threats due to our country’s large, sparsely populated area and border, which necessitate Canadian-specific research.”

Evolving Transnational Threats and Border Security: A New Research Agenda maps the changing global security threat environment by identifying key transnational trends related to political, economic, demographic, climate and technological transformations, and suggests strategic linkages and research avenues that could be useful in proactively confronting these security challenges, particularly as they relate to Canada.

“This initiative is an example of how evidence can help inform decision-making by bringing together government stakeholders and scholars in a collaborative effort to mitigate the impact of transnational trends on Canada’s security,” says Dr. Leuprecht.

The workshop was sponsored by Public Safety Canada, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the Canadian Border Services Agency, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, in collaboration with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Led by the Queen’s Centre for International and Defence Policy, the workshop brought together a multidisciplinary group of subject matter experts from across the country, including, the Centre Urbanisation Culture Société (INRS-UCS), McGill University, the Royal Military College of Canada, the University of Ottawa, Simon Fraser University, the University of Guelph, the Université de Montréal, the University of Toronto and York University.

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