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Queen's University

Charles Pentland

B.A. Hons., M.A. (UBC); Ph.D. (LSE)

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Department of Political Studies
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room M-C C424
Phone: (613) 533-6235
Fax:  (613) 533-6848


Research Interests

European Union enlargement, foreign and security policy; Balkans and former Soviet Union; transatlantic relations - Canada, US, Europe; international organizations; global governance.

Brief Biography

Born in Montreal.

BA with Double Honours in Political Science and International Studies, UBC (1965); MA in Political Science, UBC (1966); PhD in International Relations, University of London,School of Economics and Political Science (1970).

Joined the Department of Political Studies at Queen's in 1969. Full Professor since 1982. Head of Department 1987-92.  Has held visiting positions at  Institut d'Etudes Europeennes, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, 1975-6,  Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Fall 1981, Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales et Communautaires, Universite d'Aix-Marseille, 1983-4,  University of Manitoba, Winter 1993, and University of Cambridge, 2004. 

Co-editor, Journal of European Integration, 1977-84; co-editor, International Journal,1984-92.  Director, Queen’s Centre for International Relations 2002 - 2010.

Current teaching covers international organizations and global governance. Has also taught courses on the politics of the European Union, Canadian foreign policy, international political economy and theories of international relations. 

Current research concerns the political development and external relations of the European Union, in particular the security implications of its enlargement to include countries in Central and Eastern Europe, its role in the Balkans, and its development of a common foreign and security policy.

Selected Publications

"From Words to Deeds: Strategic Culture and the European Union's Balkan Military Missions", Contemporary Security Policy 32:3, December 2011: 551-566

Afghanistan in the Balance: Counterinsurgency, Comprehensive Approach, and Political Order. (ed., with Hans-Georg Ehrhart and Sven Gareis). Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2012.

“Canada in the 21st Century: A Global Actor?”, in Franco Algieri and Arnold Kammel (eds), Strukturen Globaler Akteuren: Eine Analyse Ausgewählter Staaten, Regionen und der EU. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2010: 97-108

The Afghanistan Challenge: Hard Realities and Strategic Choices. (ed., with Hans- Georg Ehrhart) Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009

“Enlargement: Expanding the Realm of European Governance”, in Ingeborg Toemmel and Amy Verdun (eds), Innovative Governance in the European Union. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2008: 179-96

“Berlin Plus or Minus: NATO and ESDP in the Balkans”, in Peter Schmidt (ed) A Hybrid Relationship: Transatlantic Security Cooperation Beyond NATO, Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2008: 111-26

“Ukraine and the European Neighbourhood Policy”, in Joan DeBardeleben (ed), The Boundaries of EU Enlargement: Finding a Place for Neighbours, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007: 129-46

Course(s) taught in 2012-2013

POLS 361 - Regional International Organization (Winter term)

POLS 366 - The United Nations (Fall term)

POLS 461 - International Regimes (Winter term)

POLS 867 - Approaches to Global Governance (Fall term)


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