Sergeant Robin Marlow, a CH-147 Chinook Loadmaster with 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron surveys the area while on a reconnaissance flight during Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Capability 22-02 at Fort Wainwright, Alaska on March 4, 2022.
Photo by Corporal Angela Gore, Canadian Armed Forces Photo


Canada's Sanctions in the World

Thursday, November 9, 2023
Featuring Dr. Andrea Charron, CDSS Director. Presented by CDSS and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).

February 2024 will mark two years since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. A cornerstone of the response of the democratic world to this illegal war of aggression has been the imposition of a vast swathe of sanctions on individuals, entities and a wide range of industries and activities. Canada has been an active part of this coalition - as a leading global voice for democracy and the rule of law it has had to be. 
But what are these sanctions trying to achieve? How do they operate? What is Russia doing in response? And what does this all mean for Canada? 
At a time when the Canadian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development is conducting an enquiry into Canada’s Sanctions Regime, join us for this online discussion, bringing together expertise from both Canada and Europe to consider these questions.

Watch the recording on YouTube

Webinar: The Royal Canadian Air Force's Future Role in NORAD and NATO

September 29, 2023

A joint RUSI/NAADSN event on the tasks facing the Royal Canadian Air Force, and more specifically the CF-18 Force as it looks towards a transition to F-35 combat aircraft within a radically changed security environment in the Arctic, the Pacific and the North Atlantic theatres. 


  • Professor Justin Bronk, RUSI
  • Dr. Andrea Charron, Centre for Defence and Security Studies, and NAADSN
  • Dr. P. Whitney Lackenbauer, NAADSN
  • Dr. James Fergusson, Centre for Defence and Security Studies, and NAADSN

Watch the event recording

  • Book cover featuring text on a blue background.
  • The Legacy of 9/11: Views from North America

    Over two decades on from the September 11th terrorist attacks, The Legacy of 9/11 explores the political, economic, security and defence, and trade and border implications of the event for the United States and its North American allies. From a reconsideration of internationalism, a rise in populism and a shift in migration patterns to the interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq, The Legacy of 9/11 uncovers how successive North American governments reacted in surprising ways to the world-altering attack. 

    Buy the book

What we offer

A CH-148 Cyclone prepares to take off from the flight deck of HMCS HALIFAX during Operation REASSURANCE on 16 May 2022.


CDSS publishes a wide range of articles and books. Some are available online and some are available for purchase.

Sergeant Moogly Tetrault-Hamel (left) carries the Canadian Armed Forces Eagle Staff at the Indigenous Sunrise Ceremony in honour of the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid in Dieppe, France on August 18, 2017.

Reports and documents

CDSS regularly releases or participates in reports related to NORAD and other defence and security topics.

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Community and high school presentations

As part of our outreach efforts, members of the Centre for Defence and Security Studies are available to speak on various international relations issues. Members have extensively travelled the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the United States and have spoken to high school social studies classes and various community organizations across Manitoba.

To arrange for a speaker, please contact the Centre Director, Dr. Andrea Charron at

Who we are


Dr. Andrea Charron
Professor of Political Studies

Dr. Andrea Charron holds a Ph.D. from the Royal Military College of Canada (Department of War Studies). She obtained a Masters in International Relations from Webster University, Leiden, The Netherlands, a Master’s of Public Administration from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Queen’s University. Her research and teaching areas include NORAD, the Arctic, foreign and defence policy and sanctions. She serves on the DND’s Defence Advisory Board and has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Charron worked for various federal departments including the Privy Council Office in the Security and Intelligence Secretariat and the Canada Revenue Agency.

Deputy Director
Dr. Thomas Hughes

Dr. Thomas Hughes is a fellow at NAADSN, CDSN and Editorial Assistant at the Centre for International and Defence Policy. Thomas’ primary areas of research are confidence-building, deterrence, and strategic culture. He is currently focusing on threat perception and defence policy in the Arctic. His award-winning dissertation focused on the political effects of military exercises in Europe. Thomas gained his BA (Honours) from Durham University, his MA from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, Denver, and PhD from Queen’s University.  

Senior Scholar
Dr. James Fergusson
Professor of Political Studies

Dr. James Fergusson received his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Masters' degrees from the University of Manitoba, and his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 1989. He taught a range of courses in the areas of international relations, foreign and defence policy, and strategic studies. He has published numerous articles on strategic studies, non-proliferation and arms control, the defence industry, and Canadian foreign and defence policy. Coauthor of NORAD: In Perpetuity and Beyond (MQUP, 2022).

Military Liaison
Mr. Warren Otto, M.A. Academic Advisor, Military Support Office, UM

Arctic and NORAD experts

Mr. David Babb, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD candidate at the Centre for Earth Observation Science, University of Manitoba

Mr. Troy Bouffard, University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Management for the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Program

Dr. Alfredo Camacho, Department Head, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Manitoba

Dr. Andrea Charron, Associate Professor of Political Studies, University of Manitoba

Dr. James Fergusson, Senior Scholar of Political Studies, University of Manitoba

Dr. Thomas Hughes, Deputy Director CDSS

Regional security experts

Dr. Kawser Ahmed (ret Col), Public Safety Canada

Ms. Yulia Ivaniuk Squires, Coordinator, Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies, University of Manitoba

Mr. Hristijan Ivanovski, European Specialist (Compensation Advisor, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSSC))

Dr. I.M. Lobo de Souza , Associate Professor, Department of International Relations, the Federal University of Paraiba, Brazil

Dr. Lasha Tchantouridzé, Associate Professor School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, Norwich University (Vermont)

MGen (ret) Denis Thompson, Canadian Armed Forces

Dr. Sherman Xiaogang Lai, PhD Queen's University, Former researcher at the Academy of Military Science of the Chinese Liberation Army (PLA)

Mr. Omar Martin Tejada Perez, PhD candidate, Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Manitoba. Retired Marine Officer of the Peruvian Navy, former United Nations Peacekeeper. 

Defence policy and security issue experts

General RR (Ray) Henault, OC, CM, CMM, MSC, CD, LLD, BA (Ret'd), Canadian Defence Associations Institute

Mr. Bill E. Featherstone, ExtEd/91, BA/18, MA/20, University of Manitoba

Dr. Meghan Fitzpatrick, Ph.D. King's College London, UK

Dr. Emmanuel Goffi, Director, Observatoire Éthique & Intelligence Artificielle de l'Institut Sapiens, Paris, France

Dr. Andrew Latham, Professor, Department of Political Science, Macalester College

Dr. Richard (Rick) Linden (Major-General ret.), Professor of Sociology, University of Manitoba

Dr. Adam Muller, Associate Professor of English, University of Manitoba

Dr. Bryan Peeler, Assistant Professor, Political Studies, University of Manitoba

Student fellows and research assistants

Janice Tilly, PhD candidate, University of Manitoba

Liz Hydesmith, PhD candidate, University of Manitoba

Nicholas Glesby, PhD candidate, Trent University

Jay Dion, MA candidate, University of Manitoba

Ashley Holden, MA candidate, University of Manitoba

Eleni Hague, MA candidate, University of Manitoba

David Sopotyk, BA candidate, University of Manitoba

Madlin Marud, MA candidate, University of Manitoba

Joseph Harding, PhD candidate, University of Manitoba

Ivan Nunez Gamez, BA candidate, University of Manitoba and CIGI Digital Policy Hub

History of the CDSS

The Centre for Defence and Security Studies (CDSS) was established by the Senate of the University of Manitoba in 1993. The Centre is based upon the Programme in Strategic Studies which was established in 1986 on the reception of the first grant from the Canadian Department of National Defence's Military and Strategic Studies (MSS) Programme. The Centre is Canada's major defence research centre of the Prairies (from Lakehead to the Alberta border) attracting both scholars and students to the study of defence and international security studies. As Winnipeg is the home of the Royal Canadian Airforce and the Canadian NORAD Regional Headquarters, the CDSS serves as an important resource for the Canadian Armed Forces here in Manitoba. Whether it is the lectures CDSS fellows deliver to Barker College or to reserve units, or programming for serving military to complete their undergraduate or graduate degrees, the CDSS has a unique relationship with 17 Wing, Barker College, 1 CAD and 2 CAD.

Our partners

Two text logos on white background. Text of first logo: CDSN The Canadian Defence and Security Network. Text of second logo: NAADSN North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network.

Student resources

Scholarships, fellowships and funding opportunities

There are a number of scholarships, fellowships and funding opportunities available to students through the Department of Political Studies.

Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security scholarships

The Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security (MINDS) program was created to invest in and expand defence engagement including support for young and emerging scholars through academic scholarships.

National Defence Policy Officer Recruitment Program

The Policy Officer Recruitment Programme (PORP) is a three-year professional development program designed to recruit and develop talented individuals from entry to working-level in the Policy Group at the Department of National Defence (DND).

Civilian jobs with the Department of National Defence (DND)

Find out how you can contribute the defence and security of Canada by becoming a civilian employee with DND.

Citation tips for students 

These five videos presented by UM students offer an introduction to citation and referencing for students to use throughout their degree. 


Contact us

Centre for Defence and Security Studies
University College
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada