About CIPSS

Welcome to the CEPSI/CIPSS website!

The Centre for International Peace and Security Studies at McGill University (CIPSS) and Université de Montréal (CEPSI) brings together researchers interested by issues related to international peace and security as well as global governance and international cooperation. It is one of few research centres in Canada to be both bilingual and based at two different universities.

The Centre was previously known as the Research Group on International Security (REGIS), a joint program in security studies between UdeM and McGill Faculty. REGIS was founded by T.V. Paul (McGill University) and Michel Fortmann (UdeM) in 1996. CEPSI/CIPSS is one of few research centres in Canada to be both bilingual and based at two different universities. Historically known as a Centre focused on security and defense questions, CEPSI/CIPSS now seeks to cover many more dimensions of international affairs. Seeking to go beyond the traditional confines of security studies narrowly construed, CEPSI/CIPSS puts a growing emphasis on questions related to peace building, conflict dynamics, issues of governance and international cooperation.

Today, Jennifer Welsh is the Director of the McGill branch, while Theodore McLauchlin is the Director of the UdeM branch. Megan Bradley is CIPSS Associate Director. CEPSI/CIPSS now has 28 member researchers at the two universities, and each year it welcomes numerous graduate students at McGill and at Université de Montréal.

CEPSI/CIPSS facilitates research through public activities such as academic presentations and its annual Student Conference. CEPSI/CIPSS’ speaker series seeks to offer opportunities for researchers from Montreal and farther afield the chance to present their work, to create a forum for discussion and debate among members of the university community, to contribute to public debate on critical contemporary issues, and to give McGill and U de M graduate students the chance to see well-known researchers from other universities.

Our Graduate Student Conference, organized annually in conjunction with the Center for International Policy Studies (CIPS) of the University of Ottawa, gives graduate students an excellent opportunity to gain experience in giving academic presentations and to join broader networks of scholars. A list of our previous Conferences can be found here.

In 2021, CIPSS (McGill University) is hosting the annual Graduate Student Conference. Please visit the Conference page for more information: Graduate Student Conference – CEPSI | CIPSS (cepsi-cipss.ca) 

Land Acknowledgement: McGill University and CIPSS are situated on the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehà:ka, a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst nations. We recognize and respect the Kanien’kehà:ka as the traditional custodians of the lands and waters on which we are located today. Visit https://native-land.ca/