International Security Research and Outreach Programme (ISROP)

The International Security Research and Outreach Programme (ISROP) is part of the International Security and Intelligence Bureau of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.

The Programme draws upon the expertise of academic/think-tank communities in Canada and abroad to inform and support the development of Canada's international security policy. ISROP acts as a focal point for timely, high quality and policy-relevant research on international security and defence issues related to North American, regional and multilateral security and defence cooperation, and on non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament, and also supports the Graduate Research Awards (GRA) in conjunction with The Simons Foundation. We develop policy research and activities through partnerships with experts from Canada and abroad.

The History of the ISROP

  • ISROP traces its roots back to the Department's Verification Research Programme (VERPROG).
  • VERPROG funded research to support Canadian non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament (NACD) policy development, and international negotiations.
  • VERPROG contributed to the success of many Canadian NACD initiatives, gaining a Minister of Foreign Affairs award for foreign policy excellence in 1995, and a Government of Canada award for excellence in 1996.
  • VERPROG's research supported the development of verification systems for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention and the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty.
  • The programme also supported key elements of the Department's Human Security Agenda, including negotiation of the Ottawa Convention to ban anti-personnel mines, and efforts to curb proliferation and abuse of small arms.
  • VERPROG supported more than three hundred fifty research projects, and published more than two hundred studies for official and public use.
  • ISROP replaced the VERPROG in 1998, broadening the original mandate to include research into selected international security issues.