Word from the Co-Directors
It is with great pride that we launched the Network for Strategic Analysis (NSA) on August 17, 2020, following the signing of our contribution agreement with the Department of Defence on June 12, 2020. The result of our keen enthusiasm to set up a bilingual research incubator on international security issues, the Network would not have been possible without the commitment and dedication of our fellow experts and practitioners, as well as the contribution of the next generation of students who ensure the smooth running of the Network on a daily basis.
The Network is close to our hearts for both professional and personal reasons. Francophones working in a world where English dominates, we saw in the MINDS program the ideal opportunity to bring together bilingual expertise in Canada within a research center on international security cooperation. The MINDS program is also an opportunity for us to pay it forward. We both benefited greatly from the program that preceded MINDS – the Security and Defense Forum – when we were students. It is in large part because of this program that we are now professors of security and defense issues. The MINDS program therefore enables us to support the next generation of researchers by offering financial, organizational and intellectual support for possible careers in knowledge development in the area of international security.
How do we defend the interests and values of Canada on the international scene? The Network’s contribution is to bring together experts and practitioners to identify Canada’s strategic priorities and respond to them to the best of scientific knowledge.
The NSA was created in August 2020 as part of the Mobilization of New Ideas in Defense and Security (MINDS) program of the Department of National Defense of Canada. It is the only fully bilingual MINDS network that offers cutting-edge expertise in both of Canada’s official languages. The NSA brings together more than 80 Canadian and global experts, under the direction of Stéfanie von Hlatky (Queen’s University) and Justin Massie (University of Quebec at Montreal). It also brings together partners dedicated to the dissemination of knowledge in Canada and abroad.
The objective of the NSA strategic plan is to orient its programming, which is based mainly on its activities of mobilizing knowledge and developing the next generation. This is a three-year plan (2020-2023), the achievement of which will lay the foundations for its sustainability and consolidation.
The result of a close partnership between Queen’s University and UQAM, the NSA shines well beyond its university setting and serves as an intermediary between the world of research and the Defence Team. Many other interlocutors from the government, civil society and the general public are involved in our activities, but our mission revolves mainly around the policy issues of the Department of Defence.Download our 2020-23 Strategic Plan (PDF)