Eunsook Chung Professor of Defence Studies,
Canadian Forces College


Areas of Expertise
Diplomacy, Global Governance, United Nations

Region of Focus
North America

Adam Chapnick is a professor of defence studies at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC). He is located in Toronto, where he also serves as the deputy director of education at the Canadian Forces College. He holds a BA (Honours) from Trent University, an MA in International Affairs from Carleton University, and a PhD in History from the University of Toronto. He joined RMC in 2006 and currently teaches courses in Canadian government and strategic decision-making and Canadian international policy.

Outside of the college, he teaches and speaks about Canadian foreign policy and international security issues across the greater Toronto community.

Among his seven books, The Middle Power Project: Canada and the Founding of the United Nations (2005) was shortlisted for the annual Dafoe Prize, recognizing the best book on Canada or Canada and the world. He is also the author over 40 academic essays and book chapters on historical and contemporary issues in Canadian foreign relations, Canadian-American relations, and global governance. In 2011, RMC awarded him the John Scott Cowan Prize for Research Excellence. Between 2013 and 2015, he co-edited International Journal, Canada’s leading journal of global policy analysis.

He is also a regular commentator in the public realm. In 2013, he wrote a weekly on-line column on national politics for the Toronto Star. Additional commentaries have been published in the Globe and Mail, the National Post, the Ottawa Citizen, the Calgary Herald, and the Hill Times. He has appeared as a foreign policy expert on Canada AM and CBC radio, and has testified as an expert witness before the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence.

Recent Publications

Canada on the United Nations Security Council: A Small Power on a Large Stage (UBC Press, forthcoming September 2019)
“Reforming the United Nations Security Council, Canadian-Style: The Trudeau Era and Beyond.” Canadian Foreign Policy Journal 24,3 (2018): 260-272.

“Pearson and the United Nations: Tracking the Stoicism of a Frustrated Idealist.” In Mike’s World: Lester B. Pearson and Canadian External Affairs. Eds. Asa McKercher and Galen Roger Perras. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2017. 70-87.

The Harper Era in Canadian Foreign Policy: Parliament, Politics, and Canada’s Global Posture. Vancouver and Toronto: UBC Press, 2016. (Edited with Christopher J. Kukucha.)

Updated January, 2019