Kim Richard Nossal

Kim Richard Nossal

Professor Emeritus

Political Studies Department


Kim Richard Nossal went to school in Melbourne, Beijing, Toronto, and Hong Kong and attended the University of Toronto, receiving his PhD in 1977. In 1976 he joined the Department of Political Science at McMaster University, where he taught international relations and Canadian foreign policy and served as chair of the department in 1989–90 and 1992–1996. In 2001, he came to Queen’s University, heading the Department of Political Studies until 2009. He served as director of the Centre for International and Defence Policy from 2011 to 2013, and from 2017-2019. From 2013 to 2015, he was the executive director of the Queen’s School of Policy Studies.

He was editor of International Journal, the quarterly journal of the Canadian International Council, Canada's institute of international affairs (1992-1997), and was president of the Canadian Political Science Association (2005-2006). He served as chair of the academic selection committee of the Security and Defence Forum of the Department of National Defence from 2006 to 2012. In 2017 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Royal Military College of Canada and in 2019 he was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He retired from Queen’s in 2020.

  • B.A. University of Toronto (1972)
  • M.A. University of Toronto (1974)
  • Ph.D. University of Toronto (1977)

Selected Publications:

  • Jean-Christophe Boucher and KRN, The Politics of War: Canada’s Afghanistan Mission, 2001–14 (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2017).
  • ‘The Benefits of Foreign Policy Bipartisanship Revisited: Lessons from Two Canadian Cases,’ Australian Journal of International Affairs(2017)
  • Charlie Foxtrot: Fixing Defence Procurement in Canada (Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2016).
  • KRN, Stéphane Roussel and Stéphane Paquin, The Politics of Canadian Foreign Policy, 4th ed. (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015).
  • 'Shadows of the Past: Commemorating the Fallen in Australia and Canada,' in Australia and Canada in Afghanistan: Perspectives on a Mission, eds. Jack Cunningham and William Maley (Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2015), 186–217.

  • '"No Repercussions Down Under"? Australian Responses to Kristallnacht,' in Violence, Memory and History: Western Perceptions of Kristallnacht, eds. Colin McCullough and Nathan Wilson (New York: Routledge, 2015), 130–50.
  • KRN and Leah Sarson, 'About Face: Explaining Changes in Canada’s China Policy, 2006-2012,' Canadian Foreign Policy Journal 20:2 (2014), 146–62.

  • 'The Liberal Past in the Conservative Present: Internationalism in the Harper Era,' in Heather A. Smith and Claire Turenne Sjolander, eds., Canada in the World: Internationalism in Canadian Foreign Policy (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2013), 21-35.

  • 'Late Learners: The F-35 and Lessons from the New Fighter Aircraft Program,' International Journal 68:1 (Winter, 2012-3), 167-84.

  • “Don’t Talk About the Neighbours: Canada and the Regional Politics of the Afghanistan Mission,” Canadian Foreign Policy Journal 17:1 (March 2011): 9–22. Winner of the 2011 Maureen Molot Best Paper Prize
  • 'A Canadian Department of Global Affairs?' in Janice Gross Stein, ed., Diplomacy in the Digital Age: Essays in Honour of Ambassador Allan Gotlieb (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2011), 141-54.

  • Greg Donaghy and KRN, eds.  Architects and Innovators: Building the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, 1909–2009 (Montréal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009), vii, 318 pp.
  • Ann Capling and KRN, “The Contradictions of Regionalism in North America,” Review of International Studies 35:S1 (February 2009): 147-67
  • “Ear Candy: Canadian Policy toward Humanitarian Intervention and Atrocity Crimes in Darfur,” International Journal 60 (Autumn 2005), 1017-1032
  • Nelson Michaud and KRN, eds.,  Diplomatic Departures: The Conservative Era in Canadian Foreign Policy, 1984-93 (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2001), xvii, 326 pp.
  • Lori Buck, Nicole Gallant and KRN, “Sanctions as a Gendered Instrument of Statecraft: The Case of Iraq,” Review of International Studies 24 (January 1998), 69-84
  • “International Sanctions as International Punishment,” International Organization 43 (Spring 1989), 301-22

Research Interests:

  • Canadian foreign and defence policy;
  • Australian foreign and defence policy;
  • Canadian-American relations;
  • international stabilization missions


Kim Richard Nossal