A full-day hybrid workshop. The audience is welcome to join via Zoom.
Presented by CIPS, in collaboration with Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security (MINDS)
“Seismic.” “Tectonic.” “Earthquake.” We cannot fault the media for using geological metaphors to describe AUKUS – the security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States announced via video conference on September 15, 2021. The Australian government’s move to cancel a multibillion- dollar contract for the construction of 12 conventional Barracuda submarines for 8 nuclear-powered ones to be built with US-UK technology was unexpected. Viewed from France, it was also humiliating – a point President Emmanuel Macron made 48 hours later by withdrawing France’s ambassadors from Washington and Canberra. Also upset were several other governments – the communist one in Beijing above all, but also the democratic ones in Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur, who voiced legitimate concerns about the pact’s effects on nuclear proliferation and the regional arms race. Some harsh criticisms of the pact came from within its member states, too – in Australia they have included two former prime ministers. And here in Canada, the feelings were mixed: a happy disinterest in nuclear-powered submarines, together with a certain fear of missing out. Taking stock of the agreement on its first anniversary, this workshop will bring together diverse Canadian and international security experts to address the key questions AUKUS poses for the strategic positions and policy discourses across the Indo-Pacific as well as for International Relations theories of conflict and cooperation.
Alexandra Gheciu and Srdjan Vucetic (University of Ottawa)
Detailed schedule will be posted in the upcoming weeks.
Ahmad Rizky M. Umar (University of Queensland, Brisbane)
Amoz Hor (George Washington University, D.C.)
Andrew Mycock (University of Huddersfield)
Atsushi Tago (Waseda University, Tokyo)
Ben Wellings (Monash University, Melbourne)
Brendon O’Connor (University of Sydney)
Caroline Dunton (University of Ottawa)
David Haglund (Queen’s University, Kingston)
Hager Ben Jaffel (Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris)
Hoo Chiew Ping (National University of Malaysia – UKM)
Jack Holland (University of Leeds)
Jonathan Caverley (US Naval War College, Newport, RI)
Justin Massie (UQAM)
Laxman Kumar Behera (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
Manni Crone (Danish Institute for International Studies)