Professor of Defence Studies,
Canadian Forces College/Royal Military College of Canada


Areas of Expertise
Diplomacy, Global Governance, Peace and Security,  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 the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, and a PhD in History from the University of Toronto. He joined RMC in 2006 and currently teaches courses in Canadian foreign policy and strategic decision-making at the federal level. He is the award-winning author or editor of eight books and over 50 academic essays and book chapters on historical and contemporary issues in Canadian foreign relations, Canadian-American relations, and the United Nations. 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.

Recent Publications

Canada on the United Nations Security Council: A Small Power on a Large Stage (UBC Press, 2019)
“The Origins of Canada’s Feminist Foreign Policy.” International Journal 74,2 (2019): 191-205.
“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.” Mike’s World: Lester B. Pearson and Canadian External Affairs. Eds. Asa McKercher and Galen Roger Perras. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2017. 70-87.
The Middle Power Project: Canada and the Founding of the United Nations (UBC Press, 2005)

Updated January, 2020