School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

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Eugene Lang

Adjunct Professor
Canadian Global Affairs Institute


Areas of Interest:

  • Defence policy
    • defence funding
    • defence industrial policy
    • defence/foreign policy nexus
  • Economic policy
  • Political economy
  • Public administration

List of recent publications/podcasts [PDF 175 KB - updated August 2020]

Eugene Lang teaches the core courses MPA 802 (Approaches to Policy Analysis) and MPA 810 (Policy Challenges), as well as the elective course MPA 876 (Instruments and Institutions of Public Finance). 

Lang served for many years in the federal government in both the public service and in Minister’s offices.  He was Policy Advisor to the Solicitor General of Canada; Senior Policy Advisor (Economic) to the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada; Senior Economist, Finance Canada; Chief of Staff to the Secretary of State (Finance); and Chief of Staff to two Ministers of National Defence in the Chretien and Martin governments.  He has extensive experience advising and working with Cabinet Ministers, senior public servants and business executives on policy analysis and development, implementation, strategic communications and advocacy. 

Lang has also worked fifteen years in the private sector, first at Bell Canada Enterprises and then as a consultant advising domestic and multinational companies and business associations on public policy, advocacy and strategic communications.

A Special Advisor (Policy) to the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries and Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, Lang was previously Visiting Fellow at the Munk School of International Studies, University of Toronto, and BMO Visiting Fellow, Glendon School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), Glendon College, York University. At Glendon College Lang taught mandatory and elective courses in the Master of Public and International Affairs program and served as Interim Co-Director of the GSPIA.

He is the author of two books, including The Unexpected War: Canada in Kandahar (co-authored with Janice Stein), a national best-seller which won the Writer’s Trust Cohen Award for political writing, was short-listed for the Donner Prize for the best book on Canadian public policy, was named one of the Globe and Mail’s top one hundred books of the year, and was the basis for a documentary film produced by Global Television.

A frequent contributor to The Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen and Globe and Mail, Lang’s writings have also appeared in The National Post, Walrus, Policy Options, Policy Network, International Politics and Society, International Journal, Policy Perspectives (Canadian Global Affairs Institute) and The Global Exchange. He has spoken at various universities and think tanks, has appeared numerous times as a commentator on CBC radio and television, CTV and Global Television, and is quoted regularly in print media.

Lang was educated at the University of Western Ontario (B.A., M.A., political science), Queen’s University (M.P.A.) and the London School of Economics (M.Sc. International Political Economy), where he studied as a Chevening Scholar. He lives in Ottawa with his wife and children.