A Century of Conflict: The Middle East and International Security, 1917-2017

Feb. 1-2, 2017
Wu Conference Centre
University of New Brunswick
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

Conference program available now!

A Century of ConflictThe theme for our 2017 conference focuses on today’s conflicts in the Middle East, their global impact, and their long and violent origins.  The conference will include panels ranging in topic from the First World War collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the role of Western powers in the region, and the Arab-Israeli conflict, through to the Persian Gulf Wars and the rise of Islamic State/Daesh. 

The conference will also consider links between Middle East conflicts and terrorism and violence outside the region. The subject remains relevant to the Canadian Army as the Middle East has and will continue to shape Canadian and international security policy for the foreseeable future. Thousands of Canadian Armed Forces members have served there since 1946 in a broad range of capacities and many continue to operate there.

Much of the conference audience consists of instructor staff at the Canadian Army’s Combat Training Centre combat arms and combat service support schools.  The CTC delivers training for commissioned and non-commissioned members at the junior and mid-levels, making this conference an excellent opportunity to engage the instructors, disseminate ideas, and promote discussion and intellectual readiness across the entire Canadian Army community. The conference annually brings together veteran Army instructors, Base Gagetown lodger units, 5 Division reservists, police, civilian practitioners, academics and students to discuss issues that matter to Canadian Army readiness and national security.  Selected papers may be published.

Topics this year include but are not limited to:

  • The collapse of the Ottoman Empire;
  • The role of the Western Powers in shaping the region from 1917 to the present;
  • Israel’s role in the region;
  • Russia’s role;
  • The ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict;
  • The Persian Gulf Wars;
  • The rise of Al-Qaeda;
  • The Global War and Terror;
  • The “Arab Spring”;
  • The Syrian Civil War;
  • The rise of Islamic State/Daesh;
  • Turkey and the Kurdish question; 
  • Regional powers: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Egypt;
  • The export of radical Islamist violence to Africa, the West, and elsewhere;
  • The global refugee and displaced persons crisis;
  • Implications for Canadian and Allied security and defence forces; 
  • New trends in counter-terror and stability operations.