Research projects led by CIPS members include:

AUKUS Among Democracies

In 2022, CIPS held a conference on AUKUS, the defence agreement among Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The conference proceedings have now been published as a special issue of International Journal, Canada’s pre-eminent outlet for international affairs and global policy analysis.

The Meaning of a State in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Societies: Towards a Bottom-up Analysis

The literature on fragile and conflict-affected states (FCAS) recognises that state legitimacy is deeply contested, and that more attention should be paid to the views of marginalised populations in that regard, in FCAS. Yet there is little empirically based scholarship on those populations’ expectations of and practices towards the state, particularly from an intersectional perspective, in distinct fragile states. Led by working groups of scholars from Burkina Faso, Haiti, Lebanon and Canada, this project breaks new ground by re-reading the scholarly literature and public opinion surveys, and by conducting focus groups with selected populations at the bottom of social hierarchies – whose lives are marked by intersecting age, class, gender, race, (dis)ability and other markers of difference/power – in each country.

Changing Orders: Shaping the Future and Securing Rights in a World in Transformation

Bringing together leading research centres and institutes at the University of Ottawa, Changing Orders seeks to reveal the fundamental dynamics underlying today’s governance and human rights challenges – at the national and global levels – and to generate new and innovative ideas and policy responses to them. The initiative will mobilize cutting-edge research and networks of decision-makers from a variety of fields to analyse these challenges and co-produce effective solutions to address them. It will also build upon and amplify cutting-edge public interest legal interventions being conducted by project partners at both the domestic and international levels, aimed at securing rights in a changing order.
The research project has received funding from the Alex Trebek Forum for Dialogue: “Smart Changes for a Better World” Public Policy Research Agenda.
The project is jointly led by CIPS, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP), Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC), and The Refugee Hub.

The World Order Research Programme

At a time when the post-war liberal world order is under severe strain and illiberal forces are on the rise across the world, the ‘World Order Research Programme’ brings together CIPS scholars from different disciplines and perspectives to analyze the current challenges and investigate opportunities for building a more democratic, just and inclusive world order. Ranging from the rise of populism and the Far Right, to economic transformations and geopolitical realignments, the Programme’s distinct, yet connected projects provide a comprehensive analysis of some of the most important issues facing Canada and the world.

Canadian Defence Policy

Canadian Defence Policy in Theory and Practice was published in 2020 and edited by Philippe Lagassé (Norman Patterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University), Srdjan Vucetic and Thomas Juneau (both Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa). The content emphasizes the process of defence policy-making rather than just the outcomes of that process, focusing especially on how political and organizational interests impact planning and standard operating procedures that shape Canadian defence policy and practices. The authors’ workshop for this volume, held in 2017, was supported by CIPS and the Department of National Defence Engagement Grant.

The second volume of Canadian Defence Policy in Theory and Practice was released in October 2023. The previous volume, which offered the first comprehensive book on Canadian defence policy in 25 years, covered a wide range of topics, including relations with demography, relations with Indigenous peoples, the Arctic, strategy-making, procurement, accountability, the role of special interests, and civil-military relations. This second volume, which was prepared in part thanks to support from CIPS, offers eight chapters on topics not previously covered in the first volume, on policy-making, climate change, procurement, gender, personnel retention, NORAD, and the budget.