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Policy Talks: Kim Richard Nossal - Dealing with Politicization: The Case of Defence Procurement in Canada

Friday, January 18, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Robert Sutherland Hall
Room: 202
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How can public servants reconcile the norms of political impartiality that are central to the contemporary public service with the propensity of elected politicians to politicize policy issues for electoral advantage? The politicization of defence procurement in Canada will be used as an illustrative case.

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 in Hamilton, Ontario, where he taught international relations and Canadian foreign policy, serving 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 is acting director for 2018-19. From 2013 to 2015, he was the executive director of the Queen’s School of Policy Studies. 

He has served as 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.

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