Do We Really Need a Canadian Defence Policy?

  • October 24, 2022
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom virtual lecture


Adam Chapnick 

Professor Chapnick is a professor of defence studies at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC).  He also serves as the deputy director of education at the Canadian Forces College.

Professor Chapnick holds a BA (Honours) from Trent University, an MA in International Affairs from Carleton University, and a PhD in History from the University of Toronto. He joined the RMC in 2006 and currently teaches courses in Canadian government and strategic decision-making, critical thinking and writing, and Canadian international policy. 

Professor Chapnick is the author or editor of eight books, including The Middle Power Project: Canada and the Founding of the United Nations (2005) and The Harper Era in Canadian Foreign Policy (2016) which were both short listed for the Dafoe Prize. 

He is also a regular commentator in the public realm. In 2013, he wrote a weekly on-line column on national politics for the Toronto Star. He has appeared as a foreign policy expert on CTV and CBC radio, and has testified as an expert witness before the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence.

His latest book published in 2019 Canada on the United Nations Security Council was a finalist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.

Do We Really Need a Canadian Defence Policy?

Canada spends more than $30 billion per year on the Canadian Armed Forces. But what does it actually get us when the United States spends over $700 billion? And who, or what, exactly are we defending ourselves against? This lecture explores the purpose of Canada's defence policy. It begins with first principles and ends with some thoughts about the future.

This event is part of the Fall 2022 Speaker series. Register for the Fall 2022 Event Series.

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