Thematic Team: North-American Security

The North America group defines “North America” and “North American security” broadly, to include the Arctic and, if interest exists, some attention to Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. We plan to cover both traditional regional defence issues like NORAD/NORTHCOM, but also a broader range of security issues, like transnational crime, migration/mobility, and environmental disruptions, such as those caused by climate change. We wish to include diverse perspectives, notably including indigenous perspectives on North American security.

Team Leads

Veronica Kitchen

Veronica Kitchen, University of Waterloo

Veronica M. Kitchen is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and in the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Her research is primarily on national security in a Canadian context, from the perspective of critical and feminist security studies. Her most recent book is Heroism and Global Politics (Routledge, 2018), co-edited with Jennifer Mathers.

Kitchen is an executive member of the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS) and in 2018-2019 was its Acting Director. She is an active member of Women in International Security (WIIS) Canada, and part of the editorial board of International Journal.

Prior to joining the University of Waterloo, Kitchen was a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Centre of International Relations at the University of British Columbia. She completed her PhD in political science at Brown University, where she was a Fulbright Scholar. She has an undergraduate degree in International Relations from Trinity College at the University of Toronto.

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Brian Bow

Brian Bow, Dalhousie University

Dr. Brian Bow is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for the Study of Security and Development at Dalhousie University. His research covers Canadian foreign and defence policy; Canada-US relations; cross-border policy coordination through bureaucratic networks; domestic politics of international trade; and regional integration, particularly in North America. He is the author of The Politics of Linkage: Power, Interdependence, and Ideas in Canada-US Relations, which was awarded the Donner Prize, as the best public policy book published in Canada.

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Team Members

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Andrea Charron, University of Manitoba

Dr. Andrea Charron holds a PhD from the Royal Military College of Canada (Department of War Studies). She obtained a Masters in International Relations from Webster University, Leiden, The Netherlands, a Masters of Public Administration from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Queens University. Her research and teaching areas include NORAD, the Arctic, foreign and defence policy and sanctions. She serves on Canadas Department of National Defences Defence Advisory Board and has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Charron worked for various federal departments including the Privy Council Office in the Security and Intelligence Secretariat and Canadas Revenue Agency. She is now Director of the Centre for Defence and Security Studies and is Associate Professor in Political Studies at the University of Manitoba.

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Anessa L. Kimball, Université Laval

Anessa L. Kimball is an associate professor of political science at Université Laval. Professor Kimball is Director of the Centre for international security at the École supérieure détudes internationales at Université Laval as well as co-director, Security, of the Canadian Defense and Security Network (2019-2026). Kimball employs quantitative methods to study international defense and security cooperation as well as the design of defense and security agreements using rational institutionalist and delegation approaches. Her research on international alliances has appeared in the Journal of Peace Research and her next publication on NATO EU enlargement will appear in European Politics and Society. Her recent article in International Journal (2017) provides an analysis of Canada-US non-treaty defense and security cooperation based on an original dataset of more than 80 bilateral agreements from 1950. It is one of a handful of Canada-based quantitative datasets and it currently being extended. Kimball contributed a chapter legal/institutional features of the NORAD agreement and its adaptation for strategic defense in the 2018 edited volume North American defense in the 21st century by Hughes, Leuprecht Sokolsky (eds.) with Springer-Verlag Press. Finally, Professor Kimball is an expert on questions of contemporary defense strategy.

Kimball received B.A. (magna cum laude) with Honors in International Relations with a minor in North Atlantic Security Studies from Kent State University, OH (USA) in 2000. She completed graduate studies at Binghamton University, SUNY with specializations in world politics and comparative politics (MA, 2004 PhD 2006).

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Justin Massie, Université du Québec à Montréal

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  • Andrea Lane, Canadian Forces College