Our Team

Connecting Academics, Defence Scientists, the Military, and Civil Society

StePhen Saideman


Stephen M. Saideman is the Paterson Chair in International Affairs at Carleton University. His research interests focus on the causes and consequences of intervention into intra-state conflicts. He has written books on the international relations of secession, why there were both more and less wars in Eastern Europe after the end of the Cold War, on NATO in Afghanistan, and on Canada’s Afghanistan experience. His current research focus is on the role of legislatures in democratic civil-military relations.  He teaches courses on Contemporary International Security, Civil-Military Relations and US Foreign and Defence Policy.

Jean-Christophe Boucher

Civil - Military Relations

Jean-Christophe Boucher is a research director at the Centre Interuniversitaire de recherche sur les relations internationales du Québec et du Canada. He completed a BA in History from Ottawa University, a master's degree in Philosophy from the University of Montreal, and received his PhD in Political Science at Université Laval in December 2011. His main research interests and publications have focused on peace and security studies, Canadian foreign and defence policies, quantitative analysis and methodology.

Irina Goldenberg

Military Personnel

Irina Goldenberg is a senior scientist in the Director General Military Personnel Research and Analysis in the Canadian Department of National Defence. Her main areas of expertise include military recruitment and retention and topics related to Total Defence Workforce personnel management (including integration and collaboration amongst regular forces, reservists, defence civilians, and defence contractors). She is an internationally known researcher and plays an active role within many international organizations, including the NATO Science and Technology Organization and the European Research Group on Military and Society (ERGOMAS).

Alexander Moens


Alexander Moens is a professor of Political Science at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. He was the Eisenhower Fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome in 2015.

Stéfanie von Hlatky

Military Personnel

Stéfanie von Hlatky is an associate professor of political studies at Queen’s University and the former Director of the Queen’s Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP). Her research focuses on NATO, armed forces, military interventions, and defence policy. She has held positions at Georgetown University, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Dartmouth College, the Centre for Security Studies at the ETH Zurich, and was a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair at the University of Southern California.

Andrea Charron


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 Master's of Public Administration from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Queen's University. Dr. Charron worked for various federal departments including the Privy Council Office in the Security and Intelligence Secretariat. She completed her post doctorate at Carleton's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and is now Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Defence and Security Studies (CDSS) at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Charron has written extensively on the Arctic, NORAD, Canadian Defence Policy and the Security Council. She is a member of DND’s Advisory Board and is asked regularly to provide guest lectures at Canadian Forces College and to provide testimony to Senate and House of Commons' committees.

Anessa Kimball


Anessa L. Kimball is an associate professor of political science at Université Laval where she has been on the faculty since 2006. She received her doctoral degree in political science from Binghamton University, SUNY, after earning a BA in international relations (2000) from Kent State University, OH. Dr. Kimball employs principally quantitative methods in the study of international security cooperation and the design of security institutions using rationalist and institutionalist approaches. She teaches courses on international relations theory, international institutions, U.S. Foreign Policy, and security issues as well as political science methodology. Dr. Kimball’s research on international alliances has appeared in the Journal of Peace Research and she has published numerous chapters in edited volumes with university presses, most recently on NORAD institutional adaptation. Dr. Kimball’s theoretical model of legalization was developed from an original a dataset of Canadian-US defense and security agreements from 1950-2005 and appears in the pages of International Journal. She is also a member of the Centre pour la sécurité internationale at the Ecole superieur des études internationales at Université Laval.

Alan Okros


Dr Alan Okros holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Applied Science and PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Waterloo. He was appointed Associate Professor in the Department of Military Psychology and Leadership at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) in 2004 and cross-appointed to the Department of Defence Studies as Deputy Chair of Command, Leadership and Management at CFC in 2007. Dr Okros is the Executive Director of RMC’s Centre for Security, Armed Forces and Society as well as the Chair of IUS Canada, the Inter-University Seminar on the Armed Forces and Society. He provides invited lectures internationally, most recently at the Swedish National Defence College, the Swedish Folke Bernadotte Academy, the US Air War College and the Singapore Command and Staff College. Dr Okros joined the Canadian Forces in 1971 as a Maritime Surface and Sub-Surface Officer and reclassified to Personnel Selection (PSel) in 1983. He served in several research, policy and staff positions at Canadian Forces Bases, Maritime Command Headquarters and National Defence Headquarters, as well as serving as the PSel Branch Advisor. Senior appointments included serving as Commanding Officer or Director of four academically focussed organizations: the Canadian Forces Personnel Applied Research Unit, the Personnel Research Team, the Directorate of Strategic Human Resource Coordination and the Canadian Forces Leadership Institute. In this latter appointment, he led a multi-disciplinary team conducting research and producing CF doctrine on leadership and professionalism

Erin Gibbs Van Brunschot


Erin Gibbs Van Brunschot is the Director of the Centre for Military, Security and Strategic Studies as well as an Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean of Social Sciences at the University of Calgary, Canada. She received her BA and MA in Sociology from the University of Calgary, and her PhD from the University of Alberta. Her research focuses on the concept of risk as it primarily applies to criminal offending and victimization. Her current research projects include an examination of how past experiences with various types of hazards influence self-protective behavior and expectations for the future, and the means by which individual and institutional efforts to enhance security work together and/or at cross-purposes.

Philippe Lagassé


Philippe Lagassé is associate professor and the Barton Chair at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. His research focuses on defence policy and military procurement, as well as civil-military relations and the role of institutions in international policymaking in the Westminster tradition. He teaches courses on defence policy and strategic studies. Between 2012-2014 he served as a member of the Independent Review Panel overseeing the evaluation of options to replace Canada’s CF-18 fighter aircraft, and he is currently a member of the Independent Review Panel for Defence Acquisition within the Department of National Defence.

Stéphane Roussel


Stéphane Roussel is currently an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and Canada Research Chair in Canadian Foreign and Defence Policy. From 2000 to 2002, he was an assistant professor at Glendon College (York University) in Toronto where he taught international relations and security studies. He graduated from Université de Montréal (Ph. D., 1999). Dr. Roussel has received grants and scholarships from the Department of National Defence, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and NATO. Dr. Roussel is a member of the Centre d'études des politiques étrangères et de sécurité (CEPES, UQAM), and a Fellow at the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute (CDFAI, Calgary). He is also an external associate of the Research Group in International Security (REGIS), Université de Montréal/McGill University, and the Réseau francophone de recherche sur les opérations de paix (Université de Montréal). He works regularly with the Queen's Centre for International Relations, Queen's University (Kingston), and the Canadian Forces College (Toronto). His research interests relate to Canadian foreign and defence policy, with particular emphasis on the relations with the United States and European countries. He has also developed an expertise in related fields, such as international relations theory and military history.

Srdjan Vucetic


Srdjan Vucetic is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA-ÉSAPI), University of Ottawa; Responsable des études de maîtrise de l’École supérieure d’affaires publiques et internationales; Co-Coordonnateur pour le Réseau en théorieinternationale du Centre d’études en politiques internationales (CÉPI-CIPS). Research interests in international politics, incl. foreign and defence policy, arms trade, and the Yugoslav region (where my name is spelled Srđan Vučetić).

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Project Headquarters


Jeffrey Rice

Project Coordinator

Dr. Jeffrey Rice is the Director of CSIDS. His research focuses on the influence and role of international organizations in multilateral warfare, with a particular emphasis on the inter-organizational dynamics of NATO, the UN, and the EU. He received his PhD in International Relations and Comparative Politics from Queen’s University.


Melissa Jennings

Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator

Melissa Jennings has worked on various research and development projects globally. Past work has included INGO’s, local CBO’s, government, universities and private sector clients in Canada, UK, Germany, the Netherlands, USA, Bangladesh, India, Sudan, Ethiopia, South Sudan, South Africa, Botswana and Uganda. She completed a MA in War Studies from the Royal Military College and a BA (Double Major) Political Science and International Development Studies from Dalhousie University.

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