That and making all kinds of plans--CDSN, teaching, and personal. We are putting together the pieces for three sets of CDSN and CSIDS events--our Summer Institute in August, 9/11 20th anniversary, and the Year Ahead. The first is an effort to provide some professional develop and networking for the next generation of military officers, policy officers, academics, journalists, and others in our defence and security community. We have participants and, thanks to this week's work, we now have most of the presenter spots filled. Now, I just need to figure out the daily small group exercises.
We are working on a couple of ways to mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11. We hope to put a video of many folks across the various communities who will speak to what we can learn from our reaction on that day and since that day. We are also working on a couple of panels with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute--one focused on protecting North America and one figuring out what we can learn from how the government and society reacted to 9/11 and the impact of the ensuing policies.
The third event is our annual event that previews the next year. We have consulted our partners, especially those in government, to figure out what are the things in the near horizon that we need to think about. We hope to have an in-person event. We should have a good mix of panels on a variety of topics.
Teaching plans firmed up as we got our schedules for 2021-22. My courses will be online in the fall and in-person in the winter. That is what I preferred as I am uncertain how many students will be vaccinated by August, given how the rollout here has been messy. I am not worried about myself, as I should get my second shot by mid-summer (see below), but students from wherever. I am teaching US Foreign and Security Policy this fall for the first time in a couple of years, and I have to figure out the balance of "the old systems work again" vs "Trump broke the system, so how much of foreign policy making has changed". I have Civ-Mil at 8:30am face to face in the winter, so that will be a rude re-introduction of winter commuting, but it will be good to see folks in person. For both semesters, I will be teaching again the Dissertation Proposal class. We made sufficient progress this winter that the fall Diss Prop class will be smaller as several students will defend their proposal this summer.
Q time is strange--2020 seemed to take forever, but it is already May 2021. We are pretty close in North America to getting to a new normal. I know that the events of the fall will be strange, but I am hoping the winter (full of ski trips with friends and relatives) will be full of relief and even, dare I say it, joy.