About Christian Leuprecht


Christian Leuprecht (Ph.D, Queen’s) is Class of 1965 Professor in Leadership, Department of Political Science and Economics, Royal Military College and Eisenhower Fellow at the NATO Defence College in Rome. He is cross-appointed, Department of Political Studies and the School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University, where he is affiliated with both, the Queen’s Centre for International and Defence Policy and the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, and Adjunct Research Professor, Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security, Charles Sturt University as well as the Centre for Crime Policy and Research, Flinders University.  A recipient of RMC’s Cowan Prize for Excellence in Research and an elected member of the College of New Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada, he is also Munk Senior Fellow in Security and Defence at the Macdonald Laurier Institute.  An expert in security and defence, political demography, and comparative federalism and multilevel governance, he has held visiting positions in North America, Europe, and Australia, and is regularly called as an expert witness to testify before committees of Parliament. He holds appointments to the board of two new research institutes funded by the German government, including the German Institute for Defence and Strategic Studies.

His 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.

Leuprecht has been Matthew Flinders Fellow at the Flinders University of South Australia (2017-2018), held a senior and visiting fellowships at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Institute for Advanced Study (2016), the Helmut-Schmidt-University of the Bundeswehr (2016), Université Pierre-Mendès France (2015), the University of Augsburg in Germany (2011), the Swedish National Defence College (recurring) and the European Academy (recurring), and as the Bicentennial Visiting Associate Professor in Canadian Studies at Yale University (2009-2010). He is a research affiliate at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (since 2005), the Network for Terrorism, Security, and Society (since 2012), l’Université de Montréal’s International Centre for Comparative Criminology (since 2014), the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur les relations internationales du Canada et du Québec (since 2015), l’Observatoire sur la radicalization et l’extrémisme violent (since 2015), the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (since 2010), the Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at the University of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr College (2003), the World Population Program at the International Institute for Advanced Systems Analysis in Vienna, Austria (2002), and held doctoral (2001-2003) and postdoctoral (2003-2005) fellowships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  He holds a Ph.D. from Queen’s University (2003), and graduate degrees in Political Science (1998) and French (1999) from the University of Toronto as well as the Institut d’Études Politiques at the Université Pierre-Mendès France in Grenoble (1997).

From 2015-2018 he held a Governor-in-Council appointment to the governing Council of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada where he also served on the Executive Committee and as Chair of the Committee on Discovery Research. He is also immediate past-president (2014-2018) of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee 01: Armed Forces and Conflict Resolution. 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 has twice received the RMCC Commandant’s Commendation for Excellence in Service. A long-time proponent of experiential learning, Leuprecht has also been a finalist for RMCC’s Teaching Excellence Award and has received honourable mention for the Queen’s University Undergraduate Research Mentorship Award (2017). He is a member of the editorial boards of Armed Forces & Society, Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, Current Sociology’s Manuscript Series, and the Springer book series in Advances in Science and Technologies for Security Applications. Previously, he was associate editor of the Queen’s Policy Studies series published by McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Research and Publications

Projects we are currently working on in my Comparative National Security and Defence Lab:

  • Methodological innovations in the application of social network analysis to transnational crime, including illicit trade and trade fraud, and terrorism
  • Innovative applications of data analytics of semi-structure heterogeneous datasets to security problems
  • Transnational Criminal and Terrorist Movement and Flows
  • Proceeds of Crime (Anti-Money Laundering), Terrorist Financing, and Tax Avoidance
  • Cybersecurity and Cybercrime
  • Signals Intelligence
  • National Security and Intelligence Accountability, Review, and Oversight
  • National and subregional Border Integrity, Security, Cultures and Cross-border cooperation, policy networks, and governance
  • Governance and Operational innovations to policing, including Non-Core Policing and Alternative Service Delivery
  • Diaspora influence over Canadian international policy
  • Political Demography and Diversity in the Armed Forces
  • The consequences of demographic and climate change for domestic conflict and stability operations
  • Demographic and resource determinants of conflict and instability in Mali

Select Recent Publications

Recent Media

(Please see my media pageand media contact information)

  • On Global (1, 2) and873AM (Australian) on the RCMP search for B.C. murder suspects
  • On Global considering common traits among mass shooters and mitigation strategies
  • CBC Online considering the problems with handgun bans
  • On CTV News, discussing a potential handgun ban
  • On The Current consider military aid for natural disaster relief
  • On Bridge City News discussing Huawei, China, and Canadian cybersecurity
  • On Here and Nowon the firing of former OPP deputy commissioner Brad Blair
  • On CHCH considering the illegal online marijuana market
  • On CBC Global News,Global News Radio, and CTV on two terrorism-related arrests in Kingston
  • On The Loopdiscussing what will happen if Justin Trudeau cancels the Saudi arms deal
  • On ;Global News on officer-involved shootings
  • On RCI discussing concerns with Chinese-Canadian university collaboration
  • On Global News considering NATO's largest military exercise since end of Cold War
  • On CPAC discussing Christian on Canada’s peacekeeping mission in Mali
  • On CTV News on protecting Canada's electoral process from foreign influences
  • In the National Post on the roles of the RCMP and Canada Border Services Agency on border security
  • In the Globe and Mail on the odds of stanching illegal handgun flow low for police and lawmakers.

Christian leads the Security theme in the Borders in Globalization project
Insight into Riga Dialogue 2019: Russia and the West: Beyond Crisis Management
Christian on extremist violence and extremism violence (en español) May 17, 2019, Palacio de la Aljafería, Zaragoza.
Huawei, China, and Canadian cybersecurity
Discussing Foreign Fighters at Queens University
October 2018: NATO's enhanced Forward Presence: Dutch and Canadian Perspectives (Atlantische Commissie)
June 2017: Prospects and Challenges facing NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence in Baltic States and Poland (Latvian Institute of International Affairs)
How my research is supporting Canada's defence and security

Organized Crime Beyond the Border cover image
What Do Muslim Canadians Want cover image
Evolution des menaces transationale et securite frontaliere cover image
Essential Readings in Canadian Constitutional Politics cover image
The Federal Idea Essays in Honour of Ronald L. Watts
North American Strategic Defense in the 21st Century cover image
Europe without soldiers cover image
Mission Critical cover image
Defending Democracy and Securing Diversity
Canada: The State of the Federation 2006/07 cover image
Spheres of Governance cover image
Spheres of Governance cover image

Christian Leuprecht

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