Topic: Canada’s Security and Intelligence Community: Responding to Terrorist Threats
Speaker: Dr. Martin Rudner
When: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Location: Honeywell Room, Ottawa City Hall
The focus of this month’s presentation is the contemporary terrorist threat environment facing Canada, including religious extremism, violent secessionist movements, state-sponsored terrorism and domestic extremism. Dr. Martin Rudner, professor emeritus at Carleton University will examine Canada’s national security strategy, outlining the statutory framework, the architecture of the Security and Intelligence system, policy mechanisms, and operational activities. These will cover intelligence collection, analysis, policy coordination, law enforcement, threat disruption, and international liaison. Attention will be paid to accountability and oversight mechanisms. The talk will conclude with a review of lessons that need to be learned.
Martin Rudner is Professor Emeritus and a distinguished professor at Carleton University in Ottawa. Before his retirement from Carleton in 2007, he was a professor in the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and a founding director of the Canadian Centre of Intelligence and Security Affairs. His article “Intelligence-Led Air Transport Security: Pre-Screening for Watch-Lists, No-Fly Lists to Forestall Terrorists Threats” was recently published in the International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence. Dr. Rudner is the author of over one hundred books and scholarly articles. He is also an associate editor of Frontline Security. While supposedly retired, he attends and organizes conferences and seminars and is frequently consulted for his ideas and opinions on security and intelligence issues. Dr. Rudner has also served as an expert witness at the behest of the Crown in national security cases before the Federal Court.