Anticipating the Taiwanese Elections & Taking Stock of Defence Procurement


January 12, 2024

On this episode of Defence Deconstructed, David Perry speaks to Sara Newland, Scott Simon, Chiaoning Su, and Wen-Ti Sung to discuss the geopolitical implication of the Taiwanese election. This conversation took place on January 10th, 2024 and was made possible thanks to the support of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office.

Then, you’ll hear a discussion between David Perry, Deputy Minister of Defence Bill Matthews, and Deputy Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Simon Kennedy about the evolution of procurement since Strong, Secure, Engaged. This conversation is part of our 2023 Procurement Conference, which took place on November 29, 2023 in Ottawa. This conference was made possible thanks to the support of our strategic sponsors Lockheed Martin Canada, General Dynamics, Irving Shipbuilding, and Hanwha Defence; conference silver sponsors L3Harris, CAE, and Seaspan; as well as bronze sponsors Thales and Microsoft.


  • Sara Newland is an Assistant Professor of Government at Smith College.
  • Scott Simon is a Professor at the University of Ottawa.
  • Chiaoning Su is an Associate Professor at Oakland University.
  • Wen-Ti Sung is a Nonresident Fellow at the Atlantic Council.
  • Bill Matthews is Deputy Minister of National Defence.
  • Simon Kennedy is Deputy Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.


  • Dr. David Perry is the President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

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