The Center for International Security

Bannière CSI


Our mission

The Center for International Security (CSI) is the heir to the International Peace and Security Program (PSI), which, from 1994 to 2014, developed international security studies within the Institut Québécois des Hautes Études Internationales. This highly reputed institutional framework is integrated into Université Laval; it hosts a large number of research centers and is supported by two multidisciplinary programs: the Master's degree in International Studies and a PhD in International Studies. Throughout its history, PSI has benefited from the support of the Security and Defence Forum (SDF), and has developed solid expertise in international security issues in all their multiple dimensions.

The CSI intends to continue along this path, emphasizing a multi-disciplinary perspective and promoting the search for Canadian perspectives in these fields. More specifically, the CSI's mandate has four objectives:

  • Encourage reflection and theoretical research on all dimensions of international security, with a particular attention to Canadian innovation in this field;
  • Provide multi-disciplinary teaching and high-quality supervision to train students in the theoretical and applied dimensions of new international security issues;
  • Offer young and senior researchers a platform on which to present their latest research or comment on a topical issue;
  • Raise awareness of current strategic issues in the educational community and among the Quebec public, in conjunction with NGOs and government agencies.

Research fields

Our research focuses on two main fields:

First field : Conflicts, terrorism and international intervention

  • Analysis of international and intra-state conflicts (civil wars, ethnic conflicts, etc.).
  • Analysis of international intervention in conflicts.
  • Contemporary terrorism and the organizations or movements that use it.
  • International humanitarian law, "responsibility to protect" and international criminal law.
  • Democratization and political regimes

Second field : Security, defense and intelligence

  • Border security measures.
  • Arctic security issues.
  • Analysis of military procurement and industrial spinoffs in Canada.
  • Collective defense organizations for international security.
  • Cybersecurity (electronic surveillance) and individual privacy.


Anessa Kimball

Anessa Kimball, Director of the Center for International Security


Richard Giguère

Richard GiguèreDeputy Director of the Center for International Security