Professor Christian Leuprecht

Professor Christian Leuprecht

Hon. B.A., D.É.A., M.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Queen's)

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Dr. Christian Leuprecht is Class of 1965 Distinguished Professor at the Royal Military College of Canada and Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Military Journal. A longtime senior fellow at the Macdonald Laurier Institute, He also directs the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations in the School of Policy Studies and is an Adjunct Research Professor in the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security at Charles Sturt University. A former Bicentennial Professor in Canadian Studies at Yale University (2009-2010), Matthew Flinders Fellow at Flinders University of South Australia (2017-2018), Eisenhower Fellow at the NATO Defence College (2019), and Fulbright Research Chair in Canada–US Relations at John Hopkins University’s School for Advanced International Studies (2020), he is an elected member of the College of New Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada, recipient of the Cowan Prize for Excellence in Research at the Royal Military College of Canada and past president of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee 01: Armed Forces and Conflict Resolution. He holds Ontario provincial appointments as chair of the Ontario Research Fund Advisory Board and to the Kingston Police Services Board. His latest books include Intelligence as Democratic Statecraft (Oxford University Press, 2021), Polar Cousins: Comparison Antarctic and Arctic Geostrategic Futures (University of Calgary Press, 2022), Patterns in Border Security: Regional Comparisons (Routledge, 2023), Dirty Money: Financial Crime in Canada (McGill-Queen’s University Press), and Security. Cooperation. Governance. The Canada-United States Open Border Paradox (University of Michigan Press, 2023).

Bilateral Coordination of Border Security, Intelligence Sharing, Counter-Terrorism, and Counter-Radicalization
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Hezbollah’s Global Tentacles: A Relational Approach to Convergence with Transnational Organized Crime
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Intelligence as Democratic Statecraft: Accountability and Governance of Civil-Intelligence Relations across the Five Eyes security community – the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
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Securing Cross-Border Collaboration: transgovernmental enforcement networks, organized crime and Illicit International Political Economy
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The Damoclean sword of offensive cyber: Policy uncertainty and collective insecurity
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Christian's publications have appeared in English, German, French, and Spanish and include 12 books and scores of articles that have appeared, inter alia, in the Florida State University Law Review (2019), Electoral Studies (2016), 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 (2018, 2017, 2011). His editorials appear regularly across Canada’s national newspapers and he is a frequent commentator in domestic and international media.

Select Recent Publications

Skillicorn, DB and Leuprecht, C. Copresence Networks. IEEE Intelligence and Security Informatics. 

Skillicorn, DB, Walther, O, Zhen, Q and Leuprecht, C. Distance, Borders, and Time: The Diffusion and Permeability of Political Violence in North and West Africa. Terrorism and Political Violence.

Skillicorn, DB. and Leuprecht, C.& Clustering Semi-Structured Heterogeneous Social Science Datasets for National Security Applications. In Security by Design: Innovative Perspectives on Complex Problems. Ed. Anthony Masys. New York: VS Springer, pp. 181-192.

Leuprecht, C, Sokolsky, JJ and Derow, J. Paying it Forward: Canada’s Renewed Commitment to NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence. International Journal.

Leuprecht, C, Szeman, J and Skilliborn, DB. The Damoclean sword of offensive cyber: Policy uncertainty and collective insecurity. Contemporary Security Policy.

Hataley, T. and Leuprecht, C. Bilateral Coordination of Border Security, Intelligence Sharing, Counter-Terrorism, and Counter-Radicalization . In Canada Among Nations 2017. Eds. Christopher Sands, David Carment, and Inger Weibust. Baskingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.


Research Interests and Expertise

Terrorism and money laundering


Signals Intelligence

Border Cooperation

Governance and Policing

Canadian International Policy

Social Network Analysis


Global Money

Newest Work: Dirty Money

Financial crime in Canada remains a mystery: omnipresent, but we know little about its operation. Transactions are cloaked with apparent legality, which makes tracking criminal activity through economic or financial statistics a complex undertaking. Dirty Money reveals how globalization and technology have spun an extensive web of clandestine processes that disguises how financial criminals operate, the channels they use, and how they suborn banks and institutions. In the process, the extent of financial crime in Canada and its corrosive effects on communities, democratic institutions, and prosperity becomes apparent.


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Department of Political Science and Economics 
Royal Military College of Canada
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Institute of Intergovernmental Relations
School of Policy Studies
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Queen's University
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