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Kim Richard Nossal

Professor of Political Studies and Director, Centre for International and Defence Policy, Queen’s University


Kim Richard Nossal is a professor of political studies in the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen’s University. Born in London, England, he went to school in Melbourne, Beijing, Toronto and Hong Kong, and received his BA, MA, and PhD from the University of Toronto. In 1976 he joined the Department of Political Science at McMaster University, where he taught international relations for twenty-five years, serving as chair of the department from 1992 to 1996. In 2001, Nossal was appointed to head the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University, a position he held until 2009. He was the Sir Edward Peacock Professor in International Relations from 2008 to 2013, served as the director of the Centre for International and Defence Policy from 2011 to 2013, and as executive director of the Queen’s School of Policy Studies from 2013 to 2015.

Nossal was the editor of International Journal, the quarterly of the Canadian International Council, Canada’s institute of international affairs, from 1992 to 1997 and served as president of the Canadian Political Science Association in 2005–2006. In 2000, he was appointed by Canada’s minister of national defence to the academic selection committee of the Security and Defence Forum, the academic outreach program of the Department of National Defence. In 2006, he was appointed to chair the committee, a position he held until the program was closed down by DND in 2012.

Nossal is the author of a number of works on Canadian foreign and defence policy, including The Politics of Canadian Foreign Policy, originally published in 1985. The fourth edition, now co-authored with Stéphane Roussel and Stéphane Paquin, was published in 2015. His most recent books are Charlie Foxtrot: Fixing Defence Procurement in Canada (2016) and The Politics of War: Canada’s Afghanistan Mission, 2001–14, co-authored with Jean-Christophe Boucher and published by UBC Press in 2017.

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