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“Great Powers, World Order – and Canada’s Defence Policy Review”

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Keynotes Speakers:

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister (invited)
The Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence (invited)
Mr. Daniel Jean, National Security Advisor (invited)
Dr. Karin von Hippel, Director-​General of RUSI, UK
The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety (invited)
Mr. Daniel Jean, National Security Advisor, Privy Council Office (invited)
General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, Canada
General Mieczysław Gocuł, Chief of the Defence Staff, Poland (invited)
Air Marshal Mark Binskin, Chief of the Defence Force, Australia (invited)
Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano, Chief of the Defence Staff, Japan (invited)
General Rav Aluf Gadi Eizenkot, Chief of the General Staff, Israel (invited)
General Lori Robinson, Commander NORAD & US Northern Command (invited)
General Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, USA (invited)

Panel 1: Reviewing Canadian Defence Policy

Moderator: Mercedes Stephenson (invited)
Christian Leuprecht, RMC (invited)
Srdjan Vucetic, University of Ottawa
Francis Furtado, former public servant (invited)

Panel 2: Canada-​US Relations in the Trump Era

Moderator: Andrea Charron, Carleton University
Stefanie von Hlatky, Queen’s University
Christopher Sands, John Hopkins University (invited)
Joseph Jockel, St. Lawrence University

Panel 3: NATO’s Pivot Countries and their Threats

Moderator: Richard Cohen, CDA Institute
Christopher Kilford, Queen’s University
Julianne Smith, Centre for New American Security (invited)
Jeffrey Larsen, NATO Defense College (invited)

Panel 4: Great Powers and Interventionism

Moderator: Elinor Sloan (invited)
Roland Paris, University of Ottawa
Andrew Michta, US Naval War College

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