COVID-19 is a world-altering event that has revealed the good, the bad and the ugly across the globe. But, like any crisis, there are opportunities to learn, grow, do better and be better. With the alarm bells of climate change ringing, 75 percent of new or emerging infectious diseases being zoonotic diseases (such as COVID-19), and Canada’s vassal-state relationship with the United States, we find ourselves at a pivotal point trying to defend our prosperity, security, well-being and capacity for democratic governance. Could an uncoupling from the United States allow Canada to develop stronger and more beneficial geopolitical relationships? As a term-setting country, could Canada call the shots in working toward a democratic society designed to protect us all from future global emergencies and global security breaches?
In light of these policy challenges, the International Security Research and Outreach Programme and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) have partnered to bring you a four-part webinar series on COVID-19 security policy, based on CIGI’s new digital essay series, “Security, Intelligence and the Global Health Crisis.”
The last part of the series, “How to Immunize Global Security from Re-Infection: How COVID-19 Will Transform the Global Security System and Impacts for Canada,” will be held on Oct. 22 at 9:30 a.m. with speakers John Cadham, Aaron Shull, Irvin Studin and Wesley Wark .
John Cadham is an independent researcher, consultant and project facilitator, and an instructor in the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs at Carleton University.
A practising lawyer, Aaron Shull is CIGI’s managing director and general counsel. In addition to advising on a range of domestic legal and corporate matters, he has substantive expertise in international law, global security and internet governance.
Irvin Studin is the founder, editor-in-chief and publisher of Global Brief magazine, and president of the Institute for 21st Century Questions.
Wesley Wark is a CIGI senior fellow and an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa’s Centre on Public Management and Policy.