The Network

Mobilize Knowledge. Train the Next Generation.

The Network for Strategic Analysis (NSA) is being launched as part of the Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security (MINDS) programme of the Department of National Defence of Canada. It is the very first fully bilingual MINDS network that will offer cutting-edge expertise in Canada’s two official languages.

Our primary mission is to mobilize Canadian and global expertise on three strategic challenges for Canada:

  • The evolving role of great powers in a shifting world order (led by Jonathan Paquin, Laval University);
  • Multilateral cooperation in international security (led by Sarah-Myriam Martin Brûlé, Bishop’s University);
  • The future of defence capacity building for global partners (led by Theodore McLauchlin, University of Montreal).


In this context, the Network pursues three objectives:

  1. Mobilize – in French and English – innovative and multidisciplinary research in the field of defence and security in order to develop synergies and amplify the voice of experts;
  2. Disseminate the results of strategic analysis to the Government of Canada, partner organizations and the general public so as to inform political decisions and public debate;
  3. Train the next generation of security and defence experts by integrating students into the development and dissemination of knowledge and through the professional development of young researchers, with a particular concern for equity, diversity and inclusion.

The NSA is a research incubator that is committed to the academic freedom and non-partisan nature of its analyses. Through an inclusive approach, these values guide the NSA’s mission and direct its activities. Our strategy on intersectionality, designed by our GBA+ leader, Isabelle Caron, structures all of our mobilization, dissemination and training activities. The NSA’s community of diverse viewpoints and members is fundamental to achieving its mission. Pluralism is a virtue recognized as such by the Network. Particular attention is given to including ideas from marginalized groups and or those with minority status.

Co-directed by Justin Massie (UQAM) and Stéfanie von Hlatky (Queen’s University), the Network brings together more than 80 renowned scholars and seasoned practitioners. In addition to its research fellows, the Network mobilizes the expertise of international collaborators and emerging Scholars, and is supported by a Scientific Board and an Advisory Board.


The NSA has five membership categories to represent its professional, faculty, graduate and undergraduate members. Our members are bilingual, which means they have the ability to understand both of Canada’s official languages, English and French. All members are free to express themselves in the official language of their choice. In addition to bilingualism, each category of membership has its own eligibility criteria, details of which are provided below.


  • Professor in a Canadian university
  • Expert in one of the NSA research themes


  • Experienced practitioner or recognized researcher
  • Expert in one of the NSA research themes

Emerging Scholar

  • Graduate student or young professional
  • Supervised or sponsored by a NSA scholar or collaborator
  • Actively working on one of the NSA research themes

Student Collaborator

  • Undergraduate student
  • Supervised by a NSA scholar
  • Interest in one of the NSA research themes


  • Student credited by his University institution
  • Participates in the organization of NSA activities
  • Supervised by one of the members of the NSA team

For a spontaneous application, contact us at


The NSA is proud to mobilize research in the field of defence and security through four types of bilingual publications (hot takes, policy briefs, policy reports and articles). Read our publication guidelines here: Publications NSA.

Read our Strategic Plan 2020-23 (PDF)


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The Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security (MINDS) program is designed to facilitate collaboration and mobilize knowledge between the Department of National Defence, the Canadian Armed Forces, and academia and other experts on defence and security issues. Through its Targeted Engagement Grants, collaborative networks, scholarships, and expert briefings, MINDS works and collaborates with key partners to strengthen the foundation of evidence-based defence policy making. These partnerships drive innovation by encouraging new analyses of emerging global events, opportunities, and crises, while supporting a stronger defence and security dialogue with Canadians.

Justin Massie

Justin Massie


Stéfanie von Hlatky

Stéfanie von Hlatky


Sarah-Myriam Martin-Brûlé

Sarah-Myriam Martin-Brûlé

Research Leader | International Organisations

Theodore McLauchlin

Theodore McLauchlin

Research Leader | Capacity Building

Jonathan Paquin

Jonathan Paquin

Research Leader | Great Powers



Our partners

Canadian Defence and Security Network / Le Réseau canadien sur la défense et la sécurité Canadian International Council Centre d'études et de recherches internationales (CÉRIUM) Chaire Raoul-Dandurand en études stratégiques et diplomatiques École supérieure d'études internationales, Université Laval Institut d'études internationales de Montréal (IEIM) Réseau de recherche sur les opérations de paix (ROP) Wilson Center's Canada Institute Women in International Security - Canada logo-irsem-fond-transparentLogo CDSS

Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP) Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces / Le Ministère de la Défense nationale et les Forces armées canadiennes