The following is a selection of notable projects undertaken by the Security Governance Group.
Advanced Train-the-Trainer Course on Addressing Cross Border Challenges in the Identification of Foreign Terrorists Fighters
The Security Governance Group supported a seven-day course, with the OSCE’s Border Security and Management Unit, for border security and management officers and counter-terrorism experts from participating States and Partners for Co-operation countries on the identification of foreign terrorist fighters (FTF). The one-week course is the second stage of a multi-phase OSCE project to establish the first ever OSCE multi-national and multi-agency mobile training team for the identification of FTF at the borders.
Building an Afghan Training Capacity in Trafficking in Persons
The Security Governance Group has launched a large-scale 3-year program to help develop a sustainable Afghan training and curriculum development capacity in the area of trafficking in persons. The SGG will provide close mentoring, specialized expertise, training, and feedback to Afghan officials, who will in turn devise a locally-owned curriculum. In addition, the project team will work with its Afghan partners to develop a sustainable knowledge base and infrastructure to manage the delivery of training courses in the future. The project is funded by the United States Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP).
Deportation, Circular Migration & Organized Crime
In 2014, the Security Governance Group began a study entitled “Deportation, Circular Migration and Organized Crime,” with case studies in Honduras, Jamaica and Haiti. The research examines the impact of criminal deportation on organized crime in Canada and the selected case study countries.
International Programme Coordinator
In September 2015, the SGG received a contract to provide International Program Coordinator services at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. The work will be performed by SGG Associate Frederic Labarre.
Through this work, the SGG supports an OSCE advanced training course in Germany on addressing cross-border challenges in identification of foreign terrorist fighters. The OSCE Transnational Threats Department (TNTD) conducted the training course in close co-operation with the OSCE Border Management Staff College and with the support of the Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defence Academies and Security Studies Institute, the German representation at the George C. Marshall Center and the Security Governance Group.
Research into the Domestic Impacts of Current Conflicts Abroad and their Implications
In April 2015, the Security Governance Group launched a project on behalf of Public Safety Canada to study the domestic impacts of current conflicts abroad on radicalization and extremism in Canada. The study focuses on resilience at the community level and will include a literature review, focus group research, key expert interviews and media scanning. The project is funded by Public Safety Canada / Sécurité publique Canada.
Operational Guidance Note on the Harmonization of National Security Legislation
The Security Governance Group is supporting a joint African Union – African Security Sector Network project seeking to produce an Operational Guidance Note on the Harmonization of National Security Legislation. The project meets a pressing need to bring existing national security legislation across member states in line with each other – with the objective of ensuring greater consistency in governance and human rights norms in the African security sector as well as enhancing interoperability in missions involving multinational security services.
Training of Trainers – Government of South Sudan Ministry of Foreign Affairs
One of Security Governance Group’s Senior Associates served as the course instructor for a Training of Trainers workshop for diplomatic personnel in the Government of South Sudan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After developing the course materials in conjunction with Graduate School USA, Security Governance Group delivered the week-long training course in Juba, South Sudan. The training was funded by the U.S. State Department under the South Sudan Diplomatic Training Program, and is intended to prepare South Sudanese diplomats for embassy postings. Security Governance Group prepared a cadre of trainers to provide training to future diplomats before they are appointed to serve overseas.
Safe and Inclusive Cities Webinars
The Security Governance Group is hosting a series of private webinars for the Safe and Inclusive Cities (SAIC) project – a multi-year project jointly funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre and the UK Department for International Development. These webinars will connect grantees from the SAIC project located around the globe.
Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index
The Security Governance Group supported Transparency International UK with its Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index. The Index is the first global analysis of corruption risk in defence establishments worldwide. SGG staff and associates are served as country assessors for Canada, Azerbaijan, and Libya, as well as peer reviewers for Iraq and the Netherlands.
Supporting the Guinea Criminal Justice Sector Assessment
The Security Governance Group provided consulting services to CDA to support the Guinea Criminal Justice Sector Assessment. The assessment is part of a U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL)-funded project that aims to support accountable service delivery in the criminal justice sector in Guinea. The assessment intends to increase INL’s understanding of the criminal justice sector in Guinea.
SSR Training at the German Armed Forces Command and Staff College
Security Governance Group Senior Associate David Law delivered the SSR component of the General/Admiral staff course at the German Armed Forces Command and Staff College at the Manfred Wörner Complex in Hamburg. The material for the course was prepared with the assistance of the SGG.
Global Online Counter Child Trafficking Conference
The Security Governance Group hosted the first annual Global Online Counter Child Trafficking Conference (CCTC). The conference’s 44 webinar sessions spanned three days from October 16 to 18, 2013. Nearly 600 participants from 72 countries took part in the active discussion sessions during the event, which was held exclusively online using a customised version of the Adobe Connect virtual meeting platform. The SGG drafted the full conference report, which is available here.
eConferencing – UC San Diego School of International Relations and Pacific Studies
The Security Governance Group hosted a meeting of researchers from the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) on behalf of researchers at the University of California San Diego School of International Relations and Pacific Studies.
eWorkshop on Nuclear Weapons, Disarmament and the Middle East
The Security Governance Group hosted the first Canadian Pugwash Group eWorkshop on Nuclear Weapons, Disarmament and the Middle East. The event, titled “Toward a Nuclear Weapons-Free Middle East,” included 25 paticipants attending virtually from around the world, and featured two video panel presentations, wtih attendees participating through both the audio and text-based discussion formats.