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Ph.D., York University, 1998 (Political Science)
M.A., Norman Patterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, 1988 (International Affairs)
B.J., Carleton University, 1984 (Journalism)
45-160 Introduction to International Relations (Fall 2013)
45-264 Introduction to Canadian Foreign Policy (Fall 2013)
45-267 Strategic Studies
45-379 Politics and Culture
45-488 Special Topics in Political Science (Fall 2013)
45-563 Canadian Foreign Policy
45-565 International Security
My research revolves around Canadian defence and foreign policy. At present, I am examining whether and how the attitude of the Harper government toward defence is substantively different from the previous Liberal government(s). I also work on Canada-US defence relations, and on whether the enormous differences in military forces and capabilities between the two countries have any negative consequences for the Canadian desire to cooperate closely in military affairs. I also maintain an interest in nuclear proliferation, and in weapons proliferation more generally. In Fall 2007, I was Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Canada-U.S. Relations at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.
Avoiding Armageddon: Canadian Military Strategy and Nuclear Weapons, 1950-1963, (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2002).
Articles and book chapters
"A Defense Renaissance? The Canadian Conservative Government and the Military," American Review of Canadian Studies, vol. 43, no. 3 (Sept 2013).
"Permanent Allies: The Canada-US Defence Relationship in the 21st Century," Journal of Military and Strategic Studies, vol. 12, no. 1 (Fall 2009).
"Conflict Scenarios, Airpower, and the Use of Force: How Recent Developments are Affecting Canada's Strategic Choices," in James Fergusson (ed.), The International System, Canada, Armed Forces and Aerospace Power: 2018 and Beyond, (Winnipeg: Centre for Defence and Security Studies, University of Manitoba, 2009).
"Forty Years of Neglect, Apathy, and Indifference: The Relentless Decline of Canada's Armed Forces," in Patrick James, Nelson Michaud, and Marc O'Reilly (eds.), Handbook of Canadian Foreign Policy, (Toronto: Lexington Books, 2006).
"Towards a More Strategic Future? An Examination of the Canadian Government's Recent Defence Policy Statements," Canadian Military Journal, vol. 7, no. 1 (Spring 2006).
"From Trusted Ally to Suspicious Neighbour: Canada-US Relations in a Changing Global Environment," The American Review of Canadian Studies, vol. 35, no. 3 (Autumn 2005).
“A Question of Defence: How American Allies are Responding to the US Missile Defence Program,” Comparative Strategy, vol. 23, no. 2 (April-June 2004).
“Alongside the Best? The Future of the Canadian Forces,” Naval War College Review, vol. 56, no. 1 (Winter 2003).