Monday, April 9, 2012 - Dr. Matthew Trudgen
Matt Trudgen, R.B. Byers Post Doctoral Fellow at Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary, will be speaking on “The Canadians want their ham with frills on it:” Lessons from the Development of the North American Air Defence System” on Monday, April 9, 2012, at 2pm in the CMSS Boardroom.
Matthew Trudgen is a historian of the Canada-U.S. defence relationship, specializing in air defence co-operation in the 1950s. Matthew completed his Ph.D. in History at Queen’s University in September 2011. Under the supervision of Professor Allan English and Professor Joel Sokolsky, the Principal of the Royal Military College of Canada, he wrote his dissertation, “The Search for Continental Security: The Development of the North American Air Defence System, 1949 to 1956.” This thesis argued that the development of this air defence system was shaped by different conceptions of the Canadian national interest held by different groups within the Canadian political establishment and armed forces as well as the attitude towards continental air defence adopted the Truman and Eisenhower administrations. He has numerous other academic interests including the history of Canadian foreign and defence policy, the Royal Canadian Air Force’s involvement in United Nations peacekeeping operations and the history of the Cold War. Besides preparing his dissertation for submission to a university press, he is currently conducting research on Canadian strategic thought in the 1960s and the place of strategic defence in U.S. strategy during the Cold War. He is also a research assistant for the Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre (CFAWC).
Thursday, April 5th, 2012 - Dr. Michael Neiberg
Friday, March 30, 2012 - Dr. Frank Harvey
March 13, 2012 - BGen Andre Corbould
March 2, 2012 - LCol Mike Vernon
March 2, 2012 - Drs. Gregorian and Olson
February 17, 2012 - Vice Admiral Paul Maddison
February 10-11, 2012 Strategic Studies Conference
February 3, 2012 - Dr. Darren Brunk
Darren worked for the Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force (START) within Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). He passed through Calgary briefly on February 3 to hold meetings with some of their institutional partners in the region. During his stopover, he came by the CMSS to learn more about the work of the Centre, and to identify possible points of convergence between the Centre's work and our own, particularly around issues of state fragility, peacebuilding and peace operations.
The Peace Operations and Fragile State Policy unit of START is currently undertaking efforts to expand its network of institutional partners engaged in fragile state issues.
Darren Brunk, PhD., Senior Specialist, Peacebuilding, Peace Operations and Fragile State Policy, DFAIT, will be in our offices on Friday, February 3rd from 12 noon to 1:30 pm and will be giving a brief presentation on the Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force (START).
January 27, 2012 - Dr. James Keeley
December 1, 2011 - Rear Admiral Mark Norman
November 25, 2011 - Drs. Bercuson and Herwig
November 8, 2011 - Barry Rubin
October 26, 2011 - CMSS Masters Student Ryan Flavelle
October 20, 2011 - Ambassador Michael Bell
October 13, 2011 - Bridadier General Richard Giguere
October 3, 2011 - Commander Paul Francoeur
September 30, 2011 - Dr. John Ferris
September 28, 2011 - Professor Augustine Brannigan
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Recent contributions to the historiography of the Holocaust and studies of genocide in Rwanda and Bosnia have stimulated attempts to develop a criminological understanding of crimes against international humanitarian law. In this work, Professor Brannigan suggests that the 1994 genocide in Rwanda had its roots in pre-colonial, colonial, and neo-colonial patterns of affiliation that created administrative and racial closure, which permitted mobilization of large numbers of perpetrators who murdered without much evidence of compunction or remorse. The legal order played a role in providing amnesty for state-fostered murder; and European powers contributed to the escalation of the scale of the Hutu-Tutsi conflict for their own geo-political reasons. Questions are raised about the adequacy of legal responses to such crimes under the UN ad hoc tribunals, remedies of reparation at the World Court, and national truth and reconciliation commissions.
Professor Brannigan completed doctoral training in sociology at the University of Toronto in 1978. After spending two years at the University of Western Ontario, he joined the Department of Sociology at the University of Calgary where he teaches criminology and criminal justice. He conducted field-work on genocide in Rwanda and Tanzania in 2004 and 2005.
September 19, 2011 - Ralph Sawyer
The Centre for Military and Strategic Studies is pleased to announce our first speaker of the 2011-2012 academic year. Ralph Sawyer will speak on The Chou Conquest of the Shang on Monday, September 19 at 12 noon in MacKimmie Library Tower 909.
Please note there are new security measures in place in the library tower. You will be required to sign in as a visitor near the elevators on the main floor.