Strategic Studies Working Group


Featured Paper:

Terrorism, The Internet, And the Security/Privacy Conundrum 

by John Adams    

John Adams, former Chief of the Communications Security Establishment Canada and Associate Deputy Minister of National Defence, investigates to what extent our nurturing of our capacity to confront the terrorist threat on the Internet should be a concern for Canadians on the privacy front. He concludes that the Communications Security Agency seeks to ensure security and privacy in tandem, increasing the former while protecting the latter.




The Strategic Studies Working Group (SSWG) is a partnership between the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute (CDFAI) and the Canadian International Council (CIC), which incorporates the former Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies.

CDFAI administers the SSWG, which conducts research and produces publications on security and defence issues on behalf of the partnership.


Detailed Overview

The Strategic Studies Working Group (SSWG) is a unique group that is both a working group of the Canadian International Council, headquartered in Toronto with nationwide branches, and a partnership between the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute (based in Calgary) and the CIC.  The SSWG was born of the merger in 2007 of the venerable Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies (CISS) and the Canadian International Council that was founded by Jim Balsillie to inject new life and resources into the Canadian Institute of International Affairs (CIIA) and create a national voice for the study of Canadian international issues.
CIC was intended to take over the national membership and branch structure of CIIA and add to it a new and more vigorous administrative structure intended to broaden scholarship and public education in the Canadian foreign policy field.  The Strategic Studies Working Group was created as a condition of the merger of the Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies and CIC to ensure that the then new CIC would not lose sight of defence and security issues.
Shortly after CIC was founded, an arrangement was concluded between it and CDFAI to make the Strategic Studies Working Group a partnership between the two organizations.  In effect, CDFAI undertook to administer the Strategic Studies Working Group and to undertake research and publication on security and defence issues on behalf of the Canadian International Council.  All projects undertaken by the Strategic Studies Working Group are first approved by CIC and are co-published or co e-published according to CIC standards.


Canada's State of Trade: Getting Our Goods To Market

May 17, 2018

On today's Global Exchange Podcast, we continue our series on the state of Canadian trade in a world of growing populism and protectionism. Today's episode, recorded during our February 13th State of Trade conference in Ottawa, features Bruce Borrows, Jennifer Fox, and David Miller in conversation with the Wilson Center's Laura Dawson about getting Canadian goods to international markets.


Between Trump, Iran and North Korea, Canada’s G7 has a high potential for chaos

by Chris Hall (feat. James Trottier & Colin Robertson), CBC News, May 18, 2018

The struggle Trudeau could face if Kinder Morgan walks away from Trans Mountain

by Robert Tuttle & Michael Bellusci (feat. Dennis McConaghy), Bloomberg News, May 18, 2018

Canada 'a laughing stock': Experts react to Trans Mountain indemnity

by April Fong (feat. Dennis McConaghy), BNN Bloomberg, May 18, 2018


with Danielle Smith (feat. Sarah Goldfeder), Global News Radio, May 18, 2018

VIDEO: NAFTA Deadline Day (@ 3:00)

with Don Martin (feat. John Weekes), CTV Power Play, May 17, 2018

VIDEO: Deal or no deal on NAFTA: Canada and U.S. send mixed messages

with Rosemary Barton (feat. Colin Robertson), CBC The National, May 17, 2018

Trump’s 'submission' strategy is not working so expect NAFTA talks to drag on

by Kevin Carmichael (Feat. Eric Miller), Financial Post, May 17, 2018

Backstop deal may be last hope for TransMountain pipeline, says former oil executive

by CBC News (feat. Dennis McConaghy), CBC News, May 17, 2018

Stuck with limited oil export options, Liberals may regret B.C. tanker ban

by John Ivison (feat. Dennis McConaghy), National Post, May 17, 2018

Feds OK early start to construction of navy’s new supply ships

by Lee Berthiaume (feat. Dave Perry), The Canadian Press, May 17, 2018


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