Conflict and Security


Conflict and Security

The Conflict and Security Research Cluster includes researchers from a wide range of disciplines, including political science, history, geography, sociology, education and economics (with growing links to researchers in the STEM fields). The cluster undertakes to foster linkages among BSIA students and faculty with an interest conflict (and conflict resolution) research, facilitate debate and dialogue within the BSIA community on key contemporary issues of conflict and security, and encourage collaborative research across these areas. Through research, events, and publications, the cluster seeks to enhance the profile of the BSIA as a leading research centre – recognized both domestically and internationally – for the study of peace, conflict and security.


Timothy Donais
Wilfrid Laurier University


Veronica Kitchen
University of Waterloo

Explainer: International implications of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

On March 7, 2022, the scholars of the Conflict & Security Research Cluster at the Balsillie School of International Affairs gathered to answer some of the more commonly asked questions about the broader implications of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Veronica Kitchen & Timothy Donais, the co-leaders of the Research Cluster, distilled the discussion into an explainer. Read the explainer here.

Cluster Leads

Timothy Donais
Wilfrid Laurier University

Veronica Kitchen
University of Waterloo

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Threats to International Peace and Security - Security Council, 9399th Meeting. 17 August 2023. (video)

"War in Ukraine", Center for Preventive Action. 15 August 2023.

"Environment, climate change and security", NATO. 24 July 2023.

"International Community Must Urgently Confront New Reality of Generative, Artificial Intelligence, Speakers Stress as Security Council Debates Risks, Rewards", UN meeting coverage. 18 July 2023.

"What does it take to ‘stabilize’ Haiti?" by Allison J. Petrozziello. Canadian Dimension. March 23, 2023.

"Why the International Criminal Court’s indictment of Putin has symbolic importance," by James Horncastle. The Conversation. March 20, 2023.

"20 years on, George W. Bush’s promise of democracy in Iraq and Middle East falls short," by Brian Urlacher. The Conversation. March 18, 2023.

"Iraq war, 20 years on: how the world failed Iraq and created a less peaceful, democratic and prosperous state," by Benjamin Isakhan. The Conversation. March 16, 2023.

War leaves a toxic legacy that lasts long after the guns go quiet. Can we stop it?” by Stacey Pizzino, Jo Durham and Michael Waller. The Conversation. January 24, 2023.

Why Russia’s war in Ukraine today is so different from a year ago”, by Alexander Hill. The Conversation. January 23, 2023.

Russia is using drones to target Ukrainian electricity and erode morale, by James Horncastle. The Conversation. January 16, 2023.

Explainer: International implications of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, written by Veronica Kitchen and Timothy Donais based on a discussion with the scholars of the Conflict and Security research cluster on March 7, 2022.

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