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KCIS 2014 "CBRNe: The Ongoing Challenge"

May 12-14, 2014
Marriott Residence Inn, Kingston Waters Edge
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Open to the General Public
Registration Fee: $100 - 309

As events like the Boston Marathon bombings, the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and the nuclear weapons policies of North Korea demonstrate, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive events continue to pose a major challenge for contemporary international security policy. Whether the result of accidents or politically motivated acts, explosions or the uncontrolled release of chemicals, biological agents or radioactive contamination into the environment—CBRNe events—can potentially cause massive human and environmental damage.

While accidental CBRNe events continue to be of major concern to governments and first responders, it is the threat of politically motivated CBRNe events that is particularly challenging. Both governments and non-state actors have access to the means of triggering a CBRNe event, and thus the control and management of these challenges acquires an added level of complexity. For armed forces, CBRNe must involve a multidimensional and whole-of-government approach to international security. Diplomacy and intelligence are needed for dealing with governments and non-state actors seeking to use CBRNe threats for political purposes. Inter-departmental and inter-governmental cooperation is necessary to ensure co-ordinated responses, both internationally and nationally; including the involvement of first responders at the local level.

How can these multidimensional challenges to international security be best managed by Canada and her allies? That is the central question posed by the 2014 Kingston Conference on International Security. The conference will examine the evolution of the CBRNe threat in contemporary global politics, and how the threat is managed at three different levels: the global level, where the nuclear and chemical weapons programs of some states are deemed to threaten international security; the regional North American level, involving trans-border cooperation with the United States against politically-motivated CBRNe acts; and the local level, where coordination with first responders is crucial for the effective deterrence and management of CBRNe events.

KCIS will bring together scholars, practitioners from the military and first responder sectors, officials from governments, non-governmental organizations and international institutions to discuss these challenges. We invite you to join us in these discussions and to offer your own perspectives and ideas to guide the development of effective, collaborative strategies and policies needed to manage this challenge.

A block of suites has been set aside for KCIS attendees at the Residence Inn by Marriott Kingston Water’s Edge. Rooms are available for booking at a reserved rate of $169.00/night until 25 April 2014 (the preferential government rate will be applied at check-in with valid identification). To ensure your accommodation, book early. To reserve your room select one of the online reservations links at http://www.queensu.ca/kcis/2014/accommodations.html or call 1-613-544-4888 and specify code “KCIKCIB".

For further information, or if you have any questions, please contact Maureen Bartram, Conference Coordinator, by telephone at 613-533-2381 or by email at kcis@queensu.ca. We are sure you will enjoy this opportunity to visit Kingston in early summer and we look forward to welcoming you to the conference.

Partners: Centre for International and Defence Policy, Queen’s University Canadian Army Command and Staff College, CADTC Canadian Defence Academy Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College, Royal Military College of Canada

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