Above: Mr. Alan Bell, Dr. Christian Leuprecht, and Dr. Veronica Kitchen discuss the impacts of global terrorism at our conference, “Canada’s Defence Policy Review: The Geopolitical Context 2020-2050” held on January 31, 2017 at the Royal Canadian Military Institute.
Mr. Alan Bell is the President of Globe Risk International, which is a security management consultancy firm, and is an expert in international counter-terrorism. He has over 22 years of UK Special Forces experience related to global terrorist and security issues. He specializes in integrating security programs and training to prevent, minimize, and pro-actively prepare for security and terrorism related threats.
Dr. Christian Leuprecht is a 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 with NSERC, is President of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee 01: Armed Forces and Conflict Resolution, and a UN Security Structure Expert. He us cross-appointed to the Department of Political Studies and the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University, and a Fellow of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at the Queen’s Centre for International and Defence Policy. An expert on security and defence, political demography, and comparative federalism and multi-level governance, Dr. Leuprecht is regularly called in as an expert witness to testify before Parliament committees. His publications have appeared in English, German, French, and Spanish and include nine books and scores of articles in various journals. His editorials appear regularly across Canada’s national newspapers, and he is a frequent commentator in domestic and international media. Dr. Leuprecht holds a PhD from Queen’s University, and Graduate degrees in Political Science and French from the University of Toronto and the Institut d’Études Politiques at the Université Pierre-Mendès in Grenoble. 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 RMCC Commandant’s Commendation for Excellence in Service. 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.
Dr. Veronica Kitchen is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She researches security governance across the global/local divide with a commitment to translating critical perspective into policy relevant analysis. She researches co-operation in national security policing, integration in counter-terrorism bureaucracies, and North American security governance. Other research projects include heroism in global politics (with Jenny Mathers), gender and popular cultures in world politics, and the use of stimulation in teaching world politics. Dr. Kitchen provides frequent media commentary on subjects related to counter-terrorism and international security. She is an executive member of the Canadian Network on Terrorism, Security, and Society (TSAS), and has recently been Associate Chair (Undergraduate Studies) for the Department of Political Science, Chair of the Professional Development Committee of the ISA-Canada, and co-leader of the conflict and security research cluster at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Dr. Kitchen completed her PhD in Political Science at Brown University, where she was a Fulbright Scholar in 2006.