Erika Simpson

Associate Professor


Ph.D., University of Toronto
Telephone: 519.661.2111 ext. 85156
Office: Social Science Centre 4157

Personal Bio
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Professor Simpson specializes in international relations and international security. Her work focuses primarily on arms control, nuclear disarmament and nuclear proliferation; NATO’s history, nuclear strategy and purpose; Canada’s NATO membership and NATO’s Strategic Concept; nuclear terrorism, biological and chemical warfare; and Canadian foreign and defence policy.

Current Research Projects

1. Canada in an Insecure world

Professor Simpson shows she is a scholar who is not afraid to both analyse and prescribe. In the manuscript, she reflects on the necessary role for Canada in the world, and argues that this must be shaped by a foreign and defence policy that moves beyond the confines of the North American landscape and well beyond the limitations of Ottawa’s bureaucratic headspace. The book manuscript is currently 60,000-words long and the book will be about 100,000 words long when complete.

2. NATO’s Nuclear Weapons: Policy Issues and Debates on Nuclear Deterrence and Disarmament, 1949-2019

The 350-page book manuscript will contribute empirically, methodologically and empirically to our understanding of North American and European defence policy during the Cold War and the post-Cold War periods (1949-1991 and 1991-2019). The book, will address gaps in the literature about NATO’s nuclear policy since the end of the Cold War in 1991. It will describe NATO’s continued emphasis in the Strategic Concept upon retaining nuclear weapons. And it will explain the role of prominent states, groups and individuals in maintaining and questioning longstanding nuclear policy. The manuscript based on primary documents, interviews and newspaper accounts will be submitted for publication once NATO celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2019 and it will be used to explain and understand future empirical and methodological debates.

3. UN Disarmament and NATO’s Nuclear Deterrence Policy: The Two Solitudes’ Policy Issues and Debates, 1991-2021

This book will inform and advance theory, methods and research agendas concerning NATO and the UN’s nuclear policies between 1991 and 2015, as well as between 2015 and 2021. In addition to bringing a fresh regard and generational change to the debate over NATO’s nuclear weapons, the book will explore why nuclear weapon-possessing states have remained committed to deterrence and refused to eliminate these arms at the same time as the non-nuclear weapon states have become more - or less - engaged in nuclear disarmament. The crucial time periods between 1991-2015 and 2015-2021 could illuminate why there continues to be public and behind-the-scenes pressure and resistance concerning nuclear weapons. Despite its drawbacks, the merits of participant observation also spark Professor Simpson’s interest in this work and can lead to important advances in empirical analysis and theory building. Conducting interviews and participant observer research during negotiations that take place between 2018 and 2022 will contribute to the challenge, aims and importance of the endeavour. Due to organizing, chairing and participating in many policy discussions between 1995 and 2017, the book will help explain the different efforts of various regional coalitions, states and individuals to transform traditional nuclear strategy. The research project promises to inform and advance theory, methods and research agendas concerning the UN and the NPT’s nuclear policies between 1991-2021. As the final product of many interviews of policy-makers and research trips, the book includes research and interviews conducted in Berlin (2011), Brussels at NATO Headquarters (1991, 2002, 2006, 2011): Ottawa (2009, 2010, 2014): Toronto (2010): Vienna and New York City at the NPT PrepComs (2012, 2014) and New York City during the NPT Review Conferences (2010, 2015). The manuscript should be ready for publication after the NPT’s preparatory committee meetings between 2017-2020, NATO’s 70th anniversary in 2019 and the NPT Review Conference in 2020.

4. How to use the levels-of-analysis approach to explain new threats to securitylike the Canadian plan to build a nuclear waste repository close to the Great Lakes

The concept of security remains largely central to the discipline of International Relations but continues to be perplexing given its essential ambiguity. In this unpublished 20,000-word paper, we think more deeply about new threats to security and how insecurity is enmeshed at the individual-, state- and systemic-levels of analysis. For example, the Canadian government is considering a proposal to construct a nuclear waste depository below the world’s largest operating nuclear power plant near Lake Huron. The Deep Geologic Repository would be constructed 2,200 feet below the Bruce Nuclear Station less than a mile from 20 percent of the world’s surface fresh water. Already many local, First Nations and North American citizens oppose the controversial plan including 32 U.S. Members of Congress who wrote Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urging him to do everything in his power to protect the Great Lakes. Such longer-term threats to security – like nuclear waste disposal – will require explaining among security experts for centuries to come. Using the reductionist and three-pronged level-of-analysis approach, however, can help explain long-term security puzzles, while newer systems thinking and complexity theory could help develop future possibilities. 

Selected Publications


  • 2001: NATO and the Bomb: Canadian Defenders Confront Critics. Hardcover first edition, 2001 and paperback second edition, 2002. Kingston and Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press

Refereed Journal Articles

  • 2018: “Will Trump's Space Force Lead to the Militarization of Space?” Peace Magazine, Vol. 34, No. 3, July-September 2018, pp. 16-19.
  • 2018: “Professor Anatol Rapoport’s Contribution to Game Theory and Peace Research” In Factus Pax: Journal of Peace Education and Social Justice, vol. 12, no. 1: pp. 38-58.
  • 2018: “A Canadian's Perspective on Disaster Capitalism” Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, 30, no. 2, April-June, 135-143.
  • 2016: “Towards a World Free of Nuclear Weapons” Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, vol. 28, no. 3, August 2016, pp. 309-17.
  • 2016: “Proliferation of Drones Raises New Concerns” Peace Magazine, vol. 32, no. 3, July-Sept, 2016, pp. 14-16.
  • 2016: “It’s time for Canadian decisions on lethal drones” Journal of Defense Studies and Resource Management, vol. 4, no. 1, June 25, 2016, pp. 1-5.
  • 2016: “Nuclear Waste Burial in Canada? The Political Controversy over the Proposal to Construct a Deep Geologic Repository?” Journal of Nuclear Energy Science & Power Generation Technology, vol. 55, no. 3, April 2016, pp. 1-6.
  • 2016: “Canada’s arm’s deal with Saudi Arabia”, Peace Magazine, vol. 32, no. 2, April-June 2016, pp. 13-14.
  • 2016: “Sustainable development goals worth sharing” OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, vol. 9, no. 3, March 30, 2016, pp. 115-22.
  • 1999: “Canada and the UN Security Council: New Strategies to Advance International and National Security” Peace Research, vol. 31, no. 2, June 1999, pp. 79-99.
  • 1999: “The Principles of Liberal Internationalism according to Lester Pearson”, Journal of Canadian Studies,  34, no. 1, spring 1999, pp. 64-77.
  • 1999: “The Looming Costs of NATO Expansion in the 21st century”, International Journal, vol. 54, no. 2, spring 1999, pp. 324-39.
  • 1998: “Canada’s Defence Costs will Jump with NATO Expansion” Peace Research, vol. 30, no. 1, February 1998, pp. 1-10.

Refereed Book Chapters

  • 2010: “The NATO Club: 'northern', 'rich', 'white‘ nations defending the Imperial Palace?” In Darren Marks (ed.), War, Human Dignity, and Nation Building: Theological Perspectives on Canada’s Role in Afghanistan” (Cambridge Scholars Publishing) 2010, pp. 70-89.
  • 2009: “The new U.S. doctrine of pre-emptive warfare and its implications for nuclear deterrence and disarmament” in David Krieger (ed.), The Challenge of Abolishing Nuclear Weapons (Transaction Publishers: Piscataway, NJ.), 2009, pp. 141-154.
  • 2001: “Games, Strategies, and Human Security” in M.V. Naidu (ed.) Perspectives on Human Security: National Sovereignty and Humanitarian Intervention (Brandon, Manitoba: Canadian Peace Research and Education Association, 2001), pp. 139-49.
  • 1998: “New Ways of Thinking about Nuclear Weapons and Canada’s Defence Policy” in D. C. Story and R. Bruce Shepard (eds.), Diefenbaker’s Legacy (Regina: Canadian Plains Research Centre, 1998), pp. 27-41.

Non-Refereed Articles in Journals

  • 2017: “How Canada can support UN peacekeeping” Policy Options, November 14, 2017, Special Issue: Peacekeeping Imagined, November 14.
  • 2017: “Nuclear Waste” Municipal World, v 127, no 8, frontpiece article on front cover, August, pp. 3-6.
  • 2016: “Canadians Keep Asking Questions about Saudi Arms Deal” MPC Journal, vol. 1, issue 4, April 10, 2016, pp. 99-101.
  • 2016: “Federal environment minister delays decision on nuclear waste repository” Municipal World, vol. 126, no 4, April 2016, pp. 13-14.
  • 2016: “Evidence of heavy-handed U.S. Diplomacy in Europe affects NATO’s Intentions in Ukraine and NATO’s Strategic Concept” International Journal Advances in Social Humanities, vol. 4, issue 02, February 2016, pp. 75-79.
  • 2008: “New Opportunities to Question US Reliance Upon Nuclear Weapons” INESAP Information Bulletin, Issue No. 28, April 2008, pp 14-19.
  • 2005: “Threats to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty” News in Review, UN Headquarters, NYC, issue no. 14, May 19, 2005, pp. 4-5.
  • 2005: “New Threats to the Alliance’s Security and Strategies to Reform NATO” The Transatlantic Quarterly, Winter/Spring 2005, pp. 47-51. 
  • 2001: “Thinking about Your Thesis?” University Affairs, January 2001, pp. 24-27.
  • 2000: “Canada’s NATO commitment: Current controversies, past debates, and future issues” Behind the Headlines, vol. 57, no. 2/3, winter/spring 2000, pp. 20-27.
  • 1991: "Redefining Security” The McNaughton Papers, vol. 1, (Toronto: Canadian Institute for Strategic Studies, 1991), pp. 57-75.
  • 1991: H. Peter Langille and Erika Simpson, "Peaceful Conversion: A Training Centre for Peacekeepers” Ploughshares Monitor, December 1991, pp. 10-12.

Technical Reports Related to Academic Field

  • 2012: Rapporteur: Erika Simpson et. al “Toward an Arctic Nuclear Weapon Free Zone”, Final Report and Recommendations of a conference, Ottawa, October 26, 2012
  • 2010: Bev Delong, Ernie Regehr, Doug Roche, Erika Simpson, “Practical Steps toward Zero Nuclear Weapons”, unpublished paper presented to conference, “Practical Steps to Zero Nuclear Weapons” by Steering Committee, January 2010, 34 pp.
  • 2009: Erika Simpson (on behalf of the CPG), “CPG Statement on NATO’s Nuclear Weapons Policies”, 2009.
  • 2003: Doug Roche and Erika Simpson (on behalf of the CPG) “The Only Absolute Guarantee” presented to the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade “Dialogue on Foreign Policy” by the CPG, April, 2003, 16 pp.
  • 2002: “Advancing Human Security” Report of CPG meeting, July 20, 2002, for distribution to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pugwash International Council, and all CPG members, 22 pp.
  • 2002: “The Responsibility to Protect” Report of CPG and Science for Peace meeting, March 23, 2002, for distribution to DFAIT, and all members of CPG and Science for Peace, 8 pp.
  • 1994: Common Security Consultants, [H. Peter Langille and Erika Simpson], A 1994 Blueprint for a Canadian and International Peacekeeping Training Centre at CFB Cornwallis, (Halifax: Government of Nova Scotia, 1994), 106 pp., reprinted in Eng. /French in Minutes of Proceedings of the Special Joint Committee of the Senate and the House of Commons on Canada's Defence Policy, issue no. 21, June 14, 1994, 123 pp.
  • 1993: Common Security Consultants [H. Peter Langille and Erika Simpson] and Stratman Consulting Inc. [Brigadier-General Clayton Beattie], CFB Cornwallis: Canada's Peacekeeping Training Centre—A Blueprint for a Peacekeeping Training Centre of Excellence (Halifax: Government of Nova Scotia, 1992), 70 pp., reprinted in Eng./French in Minutes of Proceedings of the Standing Committee on National Defence and Veterans Affairs, issue no. 45, April 1, 1993, 185 pp.
  • 1991: Common Security Consultants [H. Peter Langille and Erika Simpson], CFB Cornwallis: Canada's Peacekeeping Training Centre, (Halifax: Government of Nova Scotia, 1991), A proposal prepared for presentation by the Premier of Nova Scotia to the Prime Minister, August 1991, 24 pp. 

Opinion Columns (Op Eds)

The Postmedia Network is Canada’s largest newspaper chain with hard copy and online versions in over 100 news outlets and an average daily readership of 2 ½ million readers. Simpson’s column regularly appears in 25 papers including: The Branford Expositor,  The Cornwall Standard Freeholder, The Kingston-Whig Standard, The London Free Press, The Northbay Nugget, The Owen-Sound Times, Sarnia ObserverSt. Thomas JournalStratford Beacon-Herald, Woodstock Sentinel Review, etc.

  • 2018: Erika Simpson, The Prime Minister’s Dilemma: The strategies for the game Prisoner's Dilemma contain useful lessons for those playing the diplomatic game, including our prime minister, Week of Aug. 24
  • 2018: Erika Simpson, Gloom and doom in Europe: After the Trump-disrupted NATO summit, Erika Simpson finds our European allies disheartened and fearful
  • 2018: Erika Simpson, Up in arms: The arms trade is wreaking havoc around the globe, and Canada is part of it, Postmedia Network, Week of June 1 so in London Free Press, Sat. Jun 2, Kingston Whig-Standard, Fr. June 8, Owen Sound Times, Mon June 4, Daily Observer, Sat. Jun. 2, Cornwall Standard Freeholder, Sat. June 2, etc.
  • 2018: Erika Simpson, Safety, not Salary: The security of Ontario’s nuclear plants should be an election priority, not the salaries of top Hydro One execs, Week of May 4-8
  • 2018: Erika Simpson, Reckless and Ruthless: Given their personalities, don’t expect much rational from the Donald Trump – Kim Jong Un summit, Week of 24-27 March
  • 2018: Erika Simpson, On the defensive, Postmedia Network [Canada’s largest newspaper chain with hard copy and online versions in over 100 news outlets and an average of 2 ½ million readers, hereafter Postmedia Op Ed], Week of Jan. 5 [column runs over a week in different newspapers, hereafter Week of].
  • 2017: Erika Simpson, Totally fluent in what it meant to be a professor: remembering Bob Young, The Hill Times, Ottawa, Nov. 22
  • 2017: Erika Simpson, A culture of peace? Postmedia Network, Week of Sept. 16
  • 2017: Erika Simpson, Time to dismantle nuclear weapons, Postmedia Network, Week of Aug. 18
  • 2017: Erika Simpson, Where was Canada? Our country was missing when more than 100 nations drew up and voted for a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, Postmedia Network, Week of July 15-18
  • 2017: Erika Simpson, Money better spent, Postmedia Network, Week of June 9
  • 2017: Erika Simpson and Sakhi Naimpoor, Lest we forget, Postmedia Network, Week of May 12
  • 2017: Erika Simpson, The Question Queue, Postmedia Network, Week of April 21
  • 2017: Erika Simpson, A lot more to be answered, Postmedia Network, Week of Mar. 24
  • 2016: Erika Simpson, How to melt a cold war: With nuclear war raising its ugly head again, Canada must act for disarmament, Postmedia, Weeks of November 4-16
  • 2016: Erika Simpson and Murray Thomson, Whose finger on the nuclear trigger: The U.S. election focuses the mind on who will be commander-in-chief - and why we continue to have nuclear weapons anyway, Postmedia, Week of September 17-20
  • 2016: Erika Simpson, Keeping the peace: Canada should jump-start a UN Emergency Peace Service and Canadian peacekeeping training centre, Postmedia, Week of July 25-28
  • 2016: Erika Simpson and Bill Kidd, Brexit vote could allow for nuclear weapons rethink, The Hill Times, July 5
  • 2016: Erika Simpson and Henrik Lagerlund, Carrying on with wayward sons: With their brains not maturing until their mid-20s, it’s time to use a different approach to life and learning with our young men, Postmedia, May 14
  • 2016: Erika Simpson, Arm’s length with tyrants: Fourteen years - the length of the deal to sell London-made LAVs to Saudi Arabia - is a long time to be tied to a human rights abuser, Postmedia, Week of April 23-27
  • 2016: Erika Simpson, Point and Counterpoint: While we focus on nuclear newcomers like North Korea, the real nuclear powers are making no progress in disarmament, Postmedia, Week of March 6-10
  • 2016: Erika Simpson and Ian Fairlie, Waste not, want not: Dealing with nuclear waste is so difficult that phasing out nuclear power would be the best option, Postmedia, Week of February 26-Mar 2
  • 2016: Erika Simpson, A precautionary tale: Canada's new environment minister must decide whether to approve a nuclear waste facility near Lake Huron - and one consideration should override all others, Postmedia, Week of January 29-Feb. 2
  • 2015: Erika Simpson, Steering in rough waters: Diplomacy in the midst of a world crisis is inevitable: How might Canada's political party leaders handle the situation? Postmedia, Week of October 16-20
  • 2015: Erika Simpson, Finding room, making room: Our response to refugee crisis could define us, Postmedia, Week of Sept. 4-8
  • 2015: Erika Simpson, Keeping abreast of breastfeeding: With all the advantages of breastfeedings, it's long past time for workplaces to accomodate nursing moms, Postmedia, Week of August 6-10
  • 2015: Erika Simpson, Goals worth sharing: As the UN sets new sustainable goals for international development, Canadians should ask their government's efforts, Postmedia, Week of July 10-14
  • 2015: Erika Simpson, Interning in disaster: A Canadian interning in peace and security issues with the UN in Nepal learns first hand how quickly those can be lost, Postmedia Week of May 8
  • 2015: Erika Simpson, Could Iran be just the start? Postmedia, Week of April 19
  • 2015: Erika Simpson, Diplomatic Disservice or Obama's diplomatic disaster: NATO allies must wonder about the diplomacy of U.S. diplomacy after leak from closed-door meeting, Postmedia, Week of March 7
  • 2015: Erika Simpson, What comes from the crypt: A federal panel says a plan to dipose of radioactive waste underground near Lake Huron is sound, but critics remain far from convinced, Postmedia [formerly Sun Media] Week of April 29
  • 2015: Erika Simpson, Nothing monotonous about drones now, Sun Media, Week of Feb 6-16 including The Toronto Sun, The Edmonton Sun, The Winnipeg Sun, The Grande Prairie Herald Tribune, etc., Feb 17
  • 2015: Erika Simpson, The cyber-rattling has begun: North Korea’s attack on Sony Pictures gets the headlines, but many countries are engaged in this new war front, Postmedia, Week of January 9
  • 2014: Erika Simpson, How can we stop more attacks?, Embassy Magazine, September 30
  • 2014: Erika Simpson, Canada can do more to fight Ebola, Embassy Magazine, September 10
  • 2014: Erika Simpson and and Bill Kidd, Britain’s wee nuclear problem, Sun Media, September 13
  • 2014: Erika Simpson and Romeo Dallaire, Freezing out the Nukes, Sun Media, May 3
  • 2014: Erika Simpson, Forgotten amid the cheering, Sun Media, April 4
  • 2014: Erika Simpson, The poor man’s nuclear bomb, Sun Media, February 21
  • 2013: Erika Simpson, Deep-set differences split Ontario Power Generation and opponents of proposed nuclear waste site near Lake Huron, Sun Media, April 5
  • 2013: Erika Simpson, Dollar Diplomacy, Sun Media, Week of December 20
  • 2013: Erika Simpson, Deep-Set Differences, Sun Media, Week of September 14
  • 2013: Erika Simpson, No Easy Answers, Sun Media, Week of April 6, and Questions swirl around Canadians involved in Algerian attack, Embassy Magazine, Week of April 10
  • 2010: Erika Simpson, Adele Buckley, Romeo Dallaire, and Mike Wallace, An Arctic Nuclear Weapon Free Zone,  Embassy Magazine, September 15, and Nuclear Free Arctic a first step, London Free Press, September 20
  • 2008: Erika Simpson and Joanna Santa Barbara, A ‘Strategic’ Way to Vote ‘Smart’, Hamilton Spectator, October 08, p. A17.
  • 2008: Erika Simpson, A peek at (secret) briefing notes, Middle East Times, May 30, and Embassy Magazine, May 28
  • 2007: Erika Simpson and Murray Thomson, US vs. Iran: The Roulette Wheel is Spinning, Arab News, November 16, and Embassy Canada’s Foreign Policy Newsweekly, November 14, p. 7.
  • 2007: Erika Simpson and Cris de Clercy, Is Afghanistan panel just a crass bid to deflect critics? London Free Press, October 17

 Working papers available at Scholarship@Western

  • 2018: “How to use the levels-of-analysis approach to explain new threats to security – like the Canadian plan to build a nuclear waste repository close to the Great Lakes”, May 31 [refereed paper presented at the CPRA association meeting at Congress in May]
  • 2017: “Canada: Between NATO and the NPT” [presented at Dalhousie University], July 2017]
  • 2017: “Nothing Monotonous about Drones Now” [refereed paper presented to CPRA at Congress in June]
  • 2016: “Nuclear weapons and NATO: Is it safer to deter or to disarm?” [refereed paper presented to CPSA at Congress in June
  • 2016: “The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT): Chaos or Community?” [refereed paper presented to CPRA at Congress in May]

Recent Conference Presentations

  • 2018: Erika Simpson, Gloom and Doom in the Trump Era? Be the Inspiration, invited presentation to the Rotary Club of London, London Convention Centre, London, Ontario [forthcoming Nov. 26]
  • 2018: Erika Simpson, Forgotten Mission Afghanistan: What NATO Still Needs to Do, invited paper and presentation at Strengthening the Transatlantic Alliance: International Experts Workshop on NATO’s Strategic Agenda], July 13, Sponsored by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Cadenabbia, Italy
  • 2018: “How to use the levels-of-analysis approach to explain new threats to security – like the Canadian plan to build a nuclear waste repository close to the Great Lakes”, May 31, invited paper and presentation at the CPRA association meeting at Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • 2018: “What’s in the News (and What’s Not)” Presentation to the Women’s Canadian Club of London, Centennial Hall, London, Ontario, Feb. 7 [Invited Address at a Public Conference]
  • 2017: The Canadian Proposal to Construct a Deep Geological Repository, Invited presentation, Workshop at 62nd Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs: “Confronting New Nuclear Dangers”, Astana, Kazakhstan. August 29 [Refereed and invited]
  • 2017; NATO and Nuclear Weapons, Workshop at 62nd Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs: “Confronting New Nuclear Dangers”, Astana, Kazakhstan. August 30 [Refereed and invited]
  • 2017: “NATO and the NPT: Strategies for ending the two solitudes?” Presentation to Conference on Canada’s Contribution to Global Security. Dalhousie University, Halifax, July 24 [Invited Address at a Public Conference]
  • 2017: Political and Social Issues Pertaining to the Deep Geological Repository in the Bruce Peninsula” Energy and Natural Resources Conference. Windsor University, June 22 [Refereed and invited]
  • 2016: “Canada: Between NATO and the NPT”, CNANW conference on “Building the Momentum toward Nuclear Disarmament” Ottawa, October 24 [Invited Address at a Public Conference]
  • 2015: “The 2015 NPT Review Conference: An Assessment” conference on “The way forward to a world free of nuclear weapons” sponsored by CPG, DND Targeted Engagement program, Nova Scotia’s Cumberland County, Pugwash Park Commission, Thinker’s Lodge Society, July 10, [Invited Address at a Public Conference]
  • 2015: “Prospects for the NPT post 2015 RevCon” sponsored by the Canadian Pugwash Group, UN Headquarters, NYC, May {The talk in Conference Room C was highly attended by approximately 70 diplomats, high-level NGO representatives and delegations during the NPT RevCon].
  • 2015: “The role of umbrella states in nuclear proliferation and disarmament” Conference Room C sponsored by Czech and Japanese delegations, PNND, et, UN Headquarters, May 3, 2015. [The panel was highly attended by approximately 40 diplomats, high-level NGO representatives and delegations during the NPT RevCon].
  • 2015: “The international campaign on abolition of nuclear weapons” at the workshop on Nuclear Armaments: Health, Ethics and Security Issues, World Uranium Symposium, Quebec City, April 15 [Invited presenter and workshop facilitator]
  • 2014:“Alliance Capabilities and Smart Defence”, conference on “Canada and NATO: Capabilities and Priorities in an Uncertain Environment” Annual Workshop for Women in International Security-Canada, sponsored by Centre for International and Defence Policy, Queen’s University and NPSIA, Carleton University, Ottawa, May 30 [Invited speaker with discussant]
  • 2014: “Biological and Nuclear Weapons” Kingston Conference on International Security “CBRNe: The On-going Challenge” sponsored by the Centre for International and Defence Policy, Queen’s University, the Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre of the Canadian Armed Forces, the U.S. Army War College, the Royal Military College of Canada and the Canadian Defence Academy, Kingston, May 12 [Invited speaker on a panel with discussant]
  • 2014; “New Ideas and Initiatives” sponsored by the Canadian Pugwash Group, UN Headquarters, NYC, May 9, 2014 [Invited speaker in Conference Room C, highly attended by diplomats, high- level NGO representatives and delegations during the 2014 PrepCom].
  • 2012: “Establishing an Arctic Nuclear-Weapon Free Zone” conference on establishing an Arctic NWFZ, Ottawa, October 27 [Invited speaker and rapporteur]
  • 2012: “The Cuban missile crisis and Iran: lessons learned” keynote speaker during the annual Canadian Coalition against Nuclear Weapons conference, Ottawa, October 20 [Invited keynote speaker]
  • 2012:“NATO and the Bomb: Why does NATO continue to rely on nuclear deterrence: for a panel on “Moving from Deterrence to a NWFZ” at the NPT PrepCom [Invited speaker]
  • 2012: “Nuclear Deterrence, the NPT and NATO”, Invited speaker and panelist to the Vienna Conference Centre, Vienna, Austria, May 9, 2012. [Talks in the Vienna Conference Centre are highly attended by academics, diplomats, high-level NGO representatives and national delegations during the PrepCom].
  • 2010:“Sex, Death and Violence in the Disarmer’s World” at conference on “Being the Change: Building a Culture of Peace”, co- sponsored by 3 universities and various NGOs and held at Mount Vincent’s University, Halifax, July 7-10 [Keynote speaker and conducted two workshops]
  • 2010: “Strategies for Making Changes to the Strategic Concept” conference on “Practical Steps toward Nuclear Disarmament” co-sponsored by 18 organizations including CPG, CCANW, DND, DFAIT, etc., Ottawa, January 27 [Invited speaker]

Invitations to Participate in Panels at Professional Meetings

  • 2018: Abolition 2000, Roundtable Discussion, NYC, May 12
  • 2018: Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Roundtable Discussions, Ottawa, April 21
  • 2018: Invited participant in roundtable. One of a few academics invited to the Department of Global Affairs Nuclear and Arms Control Dialogue (NACD), Ottawa, April 22
  • 2016: Invited participant in a roundtable for the Defence Policy Review. One of 12 academics invited to consult with Defence Minister Harjit Saijjan in Toronto, May
  • 2014: Invited participant in large roundtable One of only 2 participants invited from North America to the “Basel OSCE Forum” Department of Presidential Affairs of the Canton of Basel- Stadt, Switzerland, July 4-5
  • 2012: Panelist and rapporteur for one session, conference on “Arctic Nuclear Weapon Free Zone” Ottawa, October 27
  • 2012: Panelist, “Discussion with  Erika Simpson, CPG and Alyn Ware, PNND” during the “CCANW Annual Conference” Ottawa, October 20
  • 2008: Panelist and speaker on “Doug Roche and Nuclear Disarmament”, co-sponsored by CPG, CCANW, MPI, Project Ploughshares, Ottawa, October 16
  • 2007: Invited panelist, “International Pugwash Roundtable on Nuclear Disarmament” Pugwash, Nova Scotia, July 5-7
  • 2006: Plenary participant, “International Affairs’ Seminars and Debates” Command and Staff course, Canadian Forces College, Toronto, October 17-20
  • 2006: Plenary participant, “Canadian Defence Policy” Command and Staff course, Canadian Forces College, Toronto, April
  • 2005: Invited participant, “Addressing exceptionalism” conference on “Bridging the Divide: Addressing Key Challenges to the NPT” Ottawa, February 22

Invitations to Chair Panels at Professional Meetings

  • 2018: “Vice-President’s Report” Canadian Peace Research Association (CPRA), University of Regina, Regina, SK, May 30
  • 2017: Chair, “Afternoon Panels”, CPRA, 2017 Conference and Annual Meeting, Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), Ryerson University, May 31
  • 2016: Chair, “Morning Panels”, CPRA, 2016 Conference and Annual Meeting, Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), University of Calgary, June 3
  • 2015: Chair, “Morning Panels”, CPRA, 2015 Conference and Annual Meeting, Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), Ottawa, June 2 and June 3
  • 2015: Chair and Co-Organizer, “Toward an Arctic Nuclear Weapon Free Zone” sponsored by the Canadian Pugwash Group, UN Headquarters, NYC, May 4
  • 2015: Chair and Co-Organizer, “New Ideas and Initiatives” sponsored by the Canadian Pugwash Group, Conference Room C, UN Headquarters, NYC, May 5
  • 2014: Chair and Co-Organizer, panel on “New Ideas and Initiatives” sponsored by the Canadian Pugwash Group, Conference Room C, UN Headquarters, NYC, May 5
  • 2014: Chair and Co-Organizer, panel on “NATO and the NPT: Implications of Alliance Membership for the NPT” Sponsored by CPG, Conference Room C, UN, NYC, May 7
  • 2014: Chair and Co-Organizer, panel on “Arctic: an essential Nuclear Weapon Free Zone” sponsored by CPG, Conference Room C, UN, NYC, May 5
  • 2010: Co-Chair and Co-Organizer, panel on “Practical Steps to Zero Nuclear Weapons” sponsored by the CCANW, CPG, Physicians for Global Survival (PGS), Project Ploughshares and World Federalist Movement-Canada, Ottawa, January 26
  • 2010: Chair, panel on “Practical Steps to Zero Nuclear Weapons” conference on “Practical Steps to Zero Nuclear Weapons” sponsored by the CCANW, CPG, PGS, Project Ploughshares, and World Federalist Movement - Canada, Ottawa, February
  • 2009: Chair, panel on “The Challenges of Security in a World without Nuclear Weapons” conference on “Nuclear Weapons after Bush: Prospects for Abolition” John Jay Center on Terrorism, City University of New York, NYC, January 16
  • 2006: Chair and seminar leader, “United States’ Foreign and Defence Policies” Command and Staff course, Canadian Forces College, Toronto, October 16
  • 2005: Chair and seminar leader, “United States’ Foreign and Defence Policies” Command and Staff course, Canadian Forces College, Toronto, October 13
  • 2005: Chair and Panel Participant, “Addressing exceptionalism” at conference on “Bridging the Divide: Addressing Key Challenges to the NPT” Ottawa, February 22
  • 2004: Chair, forum on “Canada in a Dangerous World” sponsored by CPG, Toronto, November 13

Awards and Distinctions

  • 2018: Principal Investigator, Western University Faculty Research Development Fund
  • 2015-present: Vice-President, Canadian Peace Research Association, regular association of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, (elected 2015-17, 2017-19),
  • 2015-present: Shirley Farlinger Lifetime Achievement Award for Peace Writings, awarded by the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, a non-governmental organization with consultative status at the UN
  • 2014-present: Peer Reviewer, Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health College of Peer Reviewers
  • 2014-present: Syndicated Newspaper Columnist, Postmedia (Canada’s largest online and newspaper chain): also occasional Columnist for The Hill-Times and Embassy Magazine.
  • 2013-present: Senate Review Board Academic member Western University, London, (elected 2013-15, 2015-16, 2016-18)
  • 2010-present: Consultant, (invited) Nuclear Abolition Forum, International Network
  • 2006-present: Senior Advisor (appointed), Rideau Institute, Ottawa, Canada
  • 2000-2017: Board of Directors (elected 2000-03, 2015-17)Vice-Chair (appointed 2007-11), Treasurer (elected 2003-07), Canadian Pugwash Group (Pugwash Canada or CPG) national affiliate of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs (Pugwash International)
  • 2014-2017: Outreach Committeemember (invited), Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND), international network
  • 2014-2015: Chair and Co-Organizer, 6 different Panels at the UN2014 NPT Preparatory Conference and 2015 NPT Review Conference, sponsored by Pugwash Canada and International Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, Conference Room C, UN HQs, New York City, May 2014 and May 2015
  • 2014: Principal Investigator, Western University Faculty Research Development Fund Travel Grant, 2014-15, London, Ontario
  • 2012-14: SSHRC Assessor, SSHRC Insight Development Grant Assessment Committee, 2012-13, 2013-14, invited 2015-16 (declined), Ottawa
  • 2005-11: Invited Lecturer at Canadian Forces College (2005-07, 2009-11) and Plenary Participant (2011), Command and Staff course, Canadian Forces College, Toronto
  • 2011: Alumni Award, Social Science Alumni Award, Western University, London, Ont.
  • 2010: DND Award, Department of National Defence Security and Defence Forum, January 2010
  • 2003-2010: Steering Committee Member, appointed to the organizing and fundraising committees for 6 different international conferences, co-sponsored by 18 organizations including CCANW, CPG, DND, GSI, International Pugwash, Project Ploughshares, etc.,
  • 2005: Principal Investigator, DFAIT Award, Global Security Forum, ISROP, DFAIT, September-December
  • 2005-2010: Rapporteur for many committees and conferences including the Atlanta Consultation II, Carter Center in Atlanta: the Canadian Forum for Global Security conference: and many Pugwash conferences in Berlin, Halifax, New York City, Ottawa, Pugwash, Toronto and Vienna
  • 2002-2006: Principal Investigator, Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) award, Federal Government of Canada Standard Research Grant
  • 2001-2003: Robert J. Lifton Fellow, Center on Violence and Human Survival, City University of New York, New York
  • 2002-2003: Visiting Fellow, Liu Institute, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • 1998-2003: Chair and Branch Representative, Canadian Institute for International Affairs, London, Ontario.
  • 1995-99: Adjunct Professor - Tier 1, Lester B. Pearson International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Cornwallis, Nova Scotia
  • 1997: Canadian Representative, “Fourth International Next Generation Leader’s Forum”, Institute for Global Economics & Korea Foundation, Seoul Korea.