Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
Centre for International and Defence Policy

Hans Christian Breede | Deputy Director CIDP


H. Christian Breede, CD PhD

Deputy-Director, Centre for International and Defence Policy, Queen’s University
Assistant Professor Political Science, The Royal Military College of Canada,
Cross-Appointed Assistant Professor of Political Studies, Queen’s University,


H. Christian Breede holds the rank of Major in the Canadian Army, serving as an Infantry Officer and joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1998.  He has deployed on several overseas operations including Operation HALO (Port au Prince, Haiti in 2004) and Operation Athena (Kandahar City, Afghanistan in 2008-9). He received his Ph.D. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada in 2013 and is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Royal Military College of Canada. He has authored, co-authored, edited, and co-edited several articles and books, most recently being a co-edited book (with Stéfanie von Hlatky) entitled Going to War? which was published in 2016 by McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Current Interests/Research:

  • Social cohesion
  • Foreign policy analysis, and
  • Civil-military relations

Office: Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 401-403
Telephone: (613) 533-32381

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2015. Security and Energy Capture: The Military Perspective. International Journal 70 no. 3 (Fall 2015), 463-470.

2014. “Defining Success: Canada in Afghanistan 2006-2011” American Review of Canadian Studies,44(4) (forthcoming) 

2012. “Mental Health and Small Unit Leadership” Stephanie Belanger and Alice B. Aitken, eds. A New Coalition for a Challenging Battlefield. Kingston: CDA Press, p. 35-48 (https://cimvhr.ca/documents/A-New-Coalition.pdf)

2012. “Clausewitz and Limited Nuclear Options” The Canadian Military Journal, 12(2) pp. 37-43 (http://www.journal.forces.gc.ca/vol12/no2/37-breede-eng.asp)

2009. “The Challenge of Nation Building: Insights from Aristotle” The Journal of Conflict Studies, 29 pp. 143-162 (http://journals.hil.unb.ca/index.php/JCS/article/view/15240)

2008. “A Socio-Economic Profile of Afghanistan” The Canadian Army Journal, 11(3), pp. 54-75 (http://www.army.forces.gc.ca/caj/documents/vol_11/iss_3/CAJ_Vol11.3_09_e.pdf)

2006. “Intelligence Lessons and the Emerging Canadian Counterinsurgency Doctrine” in The Canadian Army Journal, 9(3), pp. 24-40 (http://www.army.forces.gc.ca/caj/documents/vol_09/iss_3/CAJ_vol9.3_06_e.pdf)