About the Centre

The Centre for Security and Defence Studies (CSDS) at The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA), Carleton University, is recognised for its advanced research; conference, workshop and guest lecture programs; graduate and undergraduate education; and public outreach programs on security and defence issues in the Ottawa community and across Canada.

The CSDS has three principal and inter-related missions:

  • To enhance interdisciplinary graduate and undergraduate teaching at Carleton University in the fields of international conflict analysis and defence and security studies;
  • To promote research and publications by faculty, graduate students and outside specialists in these fields, with emphasis on policy and security issues for Canada; and
  • To support outreach activities with the Parliament of Canada, government departments and agencies, school boards, the media, NGOs and international organisations through training programmes, professional conferences, and public discourse on international security and defence issues.

CSDS programs and activities embrace faculty from several disciplinary and interdisciplinary departments and schools at Carleton University, most notably NPSIA, the Departments of Political Science, History, Sociology, the School of Journalism, and the Sprott School of Business.

The work of the Centre for Security and Defence Studies is structured around five distinct interdisciplinary Working Groups: Regional Security, North American Defence and Security, Causes and PRevention of War and violent Conflict, Managemnet of Violent Conflict, Emerging Security Issues. These Working Groups serve to integrate research, teaching and outreach activities around particular security and defence-related themes.