Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
Centre for International and Defence Policy
James L. Anderson, External Fellow

James L. Anderson

External Fellow

James L. Anderson is currently an external/Non-Resident Fellow in Canadian-American relations at the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen’s University. His research interests include U.S. foreign policy, power transition theory, Canada-U.S. and Canada-China relations. James held past fellowships with Truman National Security Project and Veterans in Global Leadership. He completed M.A. degrees at Queen’s University and American University, in addition to, a B.A. degree from the University of South Carolina. 

He recently completed a Fulbright Scholarship in Kingston, Ontario where he was a Visiting Fulbright Fellow with CIDP and contributing writer with Conversation Canada. His current research conducts a historical inquiry into Canada-U.S. relations in order to better understand the future of the strategic partnership between Canada and China against the backdrop of a rising China. James has produced op-eds picked up by Global News, National Post and MSN, among others. He is currently editing a journal article for publication titled: A Wedged Middle Power – Canada’s role amid China’s rise.

Additionally, James is an active duty U.S. Air Force staff officer with experience in all-source analysis, intelligence planning, and operational briefing. He currently leads an 8-member intelligence team directing the employment of airborne sensors and platforms across 13 air bases in the U.S. Central Command theater of operations. 

When asked about some of the interesting experiences he has had at the CIDP, James said: 

The most eye-opening experience I've had at CIDP is the ability to "mind-meld" with my colleagues. It's not often that you have such a diverse set of experts in Canada and US foreign policy, NATO, Canadian, German, and US Armed Forces all under "one roof." Combine that with the wealth of opportunities to meet guest lecturers through the CIDP Speaker series--it is truly unique! Prior to arriving at the Centre, I served as an US Air Force Intelligence Officer and it is certainly not an understatement to say that the pace at CIDP is much slower, but the Centre provides the time to think, the resources to investigate, opportunities to publish, and areas to test out your ideas with subject matter experts. As a junior military officer, very rarely are we afforded opportunities early in our careers to operate and answer questions at the "30,000 foot view"--we are often operating at the tactical level. CIDP has provided me with the opportunity to apply policy options at the strategic level.  

James' current research interests are:

  • Canada-US security relations,
  • Canadian foreign policy,
  • US Poitical-Military affairs.


James L. Anderson - Staff Officer at USAFCENT/A2 - US Air Force | LinkedIn

James L. Anderson - The Conversation