The Security Studies Network (SSN) brings together scholars, students and practitioners interested in various aspects of international and domestic security.  We welcome the participation of colleagues whose work is theoretical or policy-oriented.  In short, the SSN seeks to provide a “common home” to those in Ottawa who share an interest in analyzing security issues, including those from different disciplinary backgrounds and approaches.

Network Coordinators

  • Costanza Musu (Graduate School of Public and International Affairs)
  • Mark Salter (School of Political Studies)
  • Michael Williams (Graduate School of Public and International Affairs)

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events.

Past Events

Israel Update: Peace and Security, Two Elections Later

Presented by CIPS and the Security Studies Network Israelis went to the polls twice in 2019, and the surrounding election campaigns exposed...

Oct 24th, 2019

Border Security and the Insights of Data

Video recording of the event is available here. The rise of big data and complex analytics have altered the way that wars are...

Sep 12th, 2019

Towards an International Political Ergonomics

Presented by CIPS and the Security Studies Network (SSN) International Political Ergonomics (iPER) is a novel research programme focused on achieving positive-political...

Dec 6th, 2018

The Authority Trap

Presented by CIPS and the Security Studies Network  The Authority Trap, published by Cornell University Press: Not all international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs)...

Feb 13th, 2018

Contemporary Security Politics and the Paradox of Territorial Integrity

Sebastian Schmidt, Johns Hopkins University For much of the history of the modern state system, the presence of a military force in...

Nov 16th, 2017

Image, Violence, Power: Public Spectacles and the War against Islamic State

Presented by CIPS and the Security Studies Network Islamic State has become notorious for its public displays of violence. Through slick, high-definition...

Sep 18th, 2017

Soldiers of Empire: Indian and British Armies in World War II

Presented by CIPS, the Security Studies Network, and the Asian Studies Centre St Antony’s College, University of Oxford How are soldiers made? Why do...

Mar 20th, 2017

Global Norms and Local Action: The Campaigns to End Violence against Women in Africa

Presented by CIPS and the Security Studies Network African states have signed on to several international conventions that seek to end violence against...

Oct 19th, 2016

What Drives the South China Sea Dispute?

Presented by CIPS and the Security Studies Network Most analysts and commentators concentrate on one of three considerations when attempting to explain...

Sep 29th, 2016