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May 16, 2024 


Research Award: Monitoring Canada’s National Security State

The “War on Terror”, the alleged “China Threat’, wars in Ukraine and Palestine, ecological catastrophe, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cyberattacks are rapidly changing the terrain for national security policymaking. Social movements are often directly affected. Is it possible that we are seeing the consolidation of a National Security State in Canada, similar to and further integrated with the prototype in the United Sates? Canada-China Focus, a project of the UVic Centre for Global Studies and the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute, is making available a research award directed at those in surveillance studies, civil liberties, or related fields willing to help network scholars and concerned social movements to publicly track, analyze, and inform the public about potential impacts of the emerging policies and practices related to national security in Canada. The anticipated outcomes from this award might include, for example, the establishment of an ongoing monitoring network, the creation of a dedicated web site, preparation of related partnership research grants. The sponsors are open to suggestions. Applications from individuals or organizations welcome and would include a short proposal, budget, and references. Proposals with matching funds (in-kind or otherwise) particularly welcome. Letters of intent also accepted.

Award Amount: $10,000 for one year.

To Apply: email cover letter, proposal, and references to Canada-China Focus, ccf@uvic.ca.

Deadline: July 1, 2024

Canada-China Focus is a project dedicated to creating safe spaces for discussions about Canada-China relations, preventing racial profiling, and promoting anti-racist foreign policies.

The Five Eyes and Canada’s “China Panic”
A Threat to Diplomacy, Research, and Peace in the Pacific?

Published: January 9, 2024

Written by: John Price with the National Security Reference Group, CAUT


“John Price raises a set of important questions about how the Canadian establishment, including major political parties, universities, and the media, settled into groupthink on China as an all-encompassing threat. It will take courage and wisdom from leaders across the country to resist a worsening of the current China Panic.”

Senator Yuen Pau Woo

“This Report is timely, and carries an important message — it took time and effort to bring Canada around to seeing China as a ‘threat’, and Ottawa is now slow to move beyond a myopically confrontational posture toward China, to the detriment of Canadian national interests, and as its Five Eyes allies are already doing.”

Gregory T. Chin
Associate Professor at York University, and former Canadian diplomat.

“An illuminating and meticulously documented analysis of the manufacturing of Canada’s ‘China panic’, this discussion paper is a wake-up call to the progessive left about the drift toward a surveillance state that will shrink the space for democratic discussion and the exercise of human rights.”

William K. Carroll
Professor of Sociology, University of Victoria and Research Associate,
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – BC Office.