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Hon. B.A., D.É.A., M.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Queen's)
Christian Leuprecht is Professor of Political Science at the Royal Military College of Canada and Senior Fellow at the Macdonald Laurier Institute. He holds a Governor-in-Council appointment to the governing Council of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, is president of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee 01: Armed Forces and Conflict Resolution, and a United Nations Security Structure Expert. He is cross-appointed to the Department of Political Studies and the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University where he is also a fellow of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations and the Queen’s Centre for International and Defence Policy. An expert on security and defence, political demography, and comparative federalism and multilevel governance, he is regularly called as an expert witness to testify before committees of Parliament.
His publications have appeared in English, German, French, and Spanish and include nine books and scores of articles that have appeared in Government Information Quarterly (2016), Armed Forces and Society (2015), Global Crime (2015, 2013), the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal (2014, Maureen Molot Prize for Best Article), Canadian Public Administration (2014), the Canadian Journal of Political Science (2012, 2003), Regional and Federal Studies (2012), and Terrorism and Political Violence (2011, 2016). His editorials appear regularly across Canada’s national newspapers and he is a frequent commentator in domestic and international media.
Leuprecht has been a visiting professor at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskollege Institute for Advanced Study (2016), the Helmut-Schmidt-University of the Bundeswehr (2016), Université Pierre-Mendès France (2015), the University of Augsburg in Germany (2011), the Swedish National Defence College (recurring) and the European Academy (recurring), the Bicentennial Visiting Associate Professor in Canadian Studies at Yale University (2009-2010). He is a research affiliate at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (since 2005), the Network for Terrorism, Security, and Society (since 2012), l’Université de Montréal’s International Centre for Comparative Criminology (since 2014), the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur les relations internationales du Canada et du Québec (since 2015), l’Observatoire sur la radicalization et l’extrémisme violent (since 2015), the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (since 2010), the Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at the University of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr College (2003), the World Population Program at the International Institute for Advanced Systems Analysis in Vienna, Austria (2002), and held doctoral (2001-2003) and postdoctoral (2003-2005) fellowships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He holds a Ph.D. from Queen’s University (2003), and graduate degrees in Political Science (1998) and French (1999) from the University of Toronto as well as the Institut d’Études Politiques at the Université Pierre-Mendès France in Grenoble (1997).
Since joining RMCC in 2005, he has served as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Deputy Head of the Department of Political Science and Economics. He is the recipient of the RMCC Commandant’s Commendation for Excellence in Service. A long-time proponent of experiential learning, Leuprecht has also been nominated and short-listed repeatedly for RMCC’s Teaching Excellence Award. He is a member of the editorial boards of Armed Forces & Society, Eurolimes, Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, Current Sociology’s Manuscript Series, and the Springer book series in Advances in Science and Technologies for Security Applications. Hehas also been associate editor of the Queen’s Policy Studies series published by McGill-Queen’s University Press.
Research and Publications
Current Research Projects
- PI of the security theme of a multi-million dollar seven-year Partnership Grant on Borders in Globalization (BiG), funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2013-2019)
- Co-PI, Smart Cybersecurity Network, funded by Canada's Tri-Council Network of Centres of Excellence (2014-2018)
- Co-PI, Harnessing 21st Century Skills, funded through Defence Research and Development Canada’s Technology Investment Fund (2012-2015)
- Co-PI, Mitigating Threats from Violent Offenders in Correctional Institutions and Communities, funded by Defence Research and Development Canada's Canadian Safety and Security Program (2015-2017)
- Co-PI, Cross-Border Cooperation among Securitarized Communities, funding by an Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2013-2015)
- Research Director of a cross-national project on Security and Public Safety in Federal Systems, funded by the Forum of Federations and Spain's Gimenes Abad Foundation
- A comparative project on preventing violent extremism
- A project mapping illicit cross-border networks and implications for border security and border policy
- Data analytics of political speech
- Ongoing work on political demography, including security implications as well as issues of recruitment and retention in the armed forces
- University Representative, Network on Terrorism, Security and Society, funded through a Partnership Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada in collaboration with Public Safety Canada's Kanishka Project
- Investigator and Research Affiliate, DHS-funded National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, University of Maryland
- A comprehensive study of contraband tobacco and its nexus with terrorism and organized crime
Select Recent Publications
- Leuprecht, C, Aulthouse, A and Walther, O. The puzzling resilience of transnational organized criminal networks. Police Practice & Research.
- Skillicorn, DB, Leuprecht, C, and Tait, V. Beyond the Castle Model of Cybersecurity. Government Information Quarterly.
- Leuprecht, C, Walther, O, Skillicorn, DB, and Ryde-Collins, H. Hezbollah’s Global Tentacles: The Party of God’s Convergence with Transnational Organized Crime. Terrorism and Political Violence.
- Leuprecht, C. 2015. Geriatric Interventions: The demographic economy of interventionist malaise. In Elusive Pursuits: Lessons from Canada’s Interventions Abroad. Canada Among Nations. Eds. Steven Saideman, Fen Osler Hampson and James Manicom. Waterloo, ON: CIGI Press, chapter 11, pp. 244-260.
- Leuprecht, C. 2014. Political Demography of Canada-US co-dependence in defence and security. Canadian Foreign Policy Journal 20(3): 291-304. Recipient of the Maureen Molot Prize for Best Article.
- Leuprecht, C. and Sokolsky, JJ. 2015. Defence Policy, ‘Walmart Style’: Canadian lessons in ‘not-so-grand’ strategy. Armed Forces & Society 41(3): 541-562.
- Skillicorn, DB, Leuprecht, C, Stys, Y and Gobeil, R. 2015. Prisoner Radicalization: Structural Differences among Violent Extremists. Global Crime 16(2):
- Skillicorn, DB, Leuprecht, C. 2015. Deception in Speeches of Candidates for Public Office. Journal of Data Mining and Digital Humanities.
- Leuprecht, C and Aulthouse, A. December 2014. Guns for Hire: Mapping Canada-US cross-border gun trafficking networks. Journal of Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law and Society 15(3): 57-74.
- Hataley, T and Leuprecht, C. December 2014.Asymmetric decentralization of the administration of multilevel security governance in the Canadian federal political system. Canadian Public Administration 57(4): 507-526.
- Leuprecht, C. 2015. Go With The Flow: The (Im)Plausibility of a Grand Canadian Intergovernmental Bargain on Energy Policy and Strategy. In The State of the Federation 2012: Regions, Resources, Resiliency. Eds. Loleen Berdahl and Carolyn Tuohy. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, chapter 2, pp. 9-23.
- Skillicorn, DB and Leuprecht, C.2015. Clustering Heterogeneous Semi-Structured Social Science Datasets. Procedia Computer Science (International Conference on Computational Science), 51: 2888-2892.
- On CTV News addressing the bombing of a Canadian-run hospital in Syria
- Canadian hostage's death in the Philippines tests government, on CBCNews.ca. Captors need ‘some sort of incentives’ to release hostages, on GlobalNews.ca; Execution a test for Trudeau government, also on GlobalNews.ca; on the Government's decision not to negotiate in Sun Media papers; Christian also appeared on CTV News Channel.
- Canadian hostage John Ridsdel executed in the Philippines, on CTV News Channel; Five things to know about the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group, on CTVNews.ca; Group has 25 year record of rape, extortion and kidnapping for ransom, on CBCNews.ca.
- On Global News, considering the link between contraband tobacco and international terrorism
- CBC: a panel on ISIS' next steps after Syrian forces capture Palmyra
- The Globe and Mail on the 2016 Budget and Canada's security agencies
- TRT (Turkish Radio and Television) World on the March 2016 attack on Istanbul attack
- Christian joins The Agenda with Steve Paikin on the legacy of President Obama's foreign policy
- Christian on CTV News, considering how to discourage Canadians from participating in terrorst activities overseas
- Op-ed: Is proportional representation a good model for Canada?
The Brussels Attacks and Aftermath:
- Everything is Political with Evan Solomon: Belgian authorities underestimated terrorism threat
- Radio-Canada: discussing the Brussels Bombings
- National Post on the use of the word "war" and ISIL
On TVO discussing the current Middle East refugee crisis
How my research is supporting Canada's defence and security
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