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Top Secret Canada

Understanding the Canadian Intelligence and National Security Community

edited by Stephanie Carvin, Thomas Juneau & Craig Forcese

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2021
Canadian, General, General
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National security in the interest of preserving the well-being of a country is arguably the first and most important responsibility of any democratic government. Motivated by some of the pressing questions and concerns of citizens, Top Secret Canada is the first book to offer a comprehensive study of the Canadian intelligence community, its different parts, and how it functions as a whole. In taking up this important task, contributors aim to identify the key players, explain their mandates and functions, and assess their interactions.


Top Secret Canada features essays by the country’s foremost experts on law, foreign policy, intelligence, and national security, and will become the go-to resource for those seeking to understand Canada’s intelligence community and the challenges it faces now and in the future.

About the authors

Stephanie Carvin is an assistant professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University.

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Thomas Juneau is associate professor at the University of Ottawa's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and a non-resident fellow with the Sana'a Center for Strategic Studies.

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Craig Forcese is an Associate Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa. There, he teaches administrative law, public International Law, and National Security Law and runs the annual foreign policy practicum. Much of his present research and writing relates to democratic accountability, national security, and international law. Prior to joining the law school faculty, he practiced law with the Washington D.C. office of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, specializing in international trade law. Craig has law degrees from the University of Ottawa and Yale University, a B.A. from McGill, and an M.A. in international affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University. He is a member of the bars of Ontario, New York and the District of Columbia.

He is author of National Security Law (Irwin Law, 2008)and co-author of The Laws of Government (Irwin Law 2005) and International Law: Doctrine, Practice and Theory (Irwin Law, 2007).

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Editorial Reviews

"This is an extremely valuable collection that should be essential reading for practitioners in Canada and abroad, and for legislators, journalists, and the interested public."


"Top Secret Canada is a thorough and serious treatment of Canada’s multifaceted intelligence community and a significant contribution to the intelligence literature. It deserves a spot on the bookshelf of every scholar focused on Canadian defense and national security issues as well as the broader field of intelligence."

<em>Studies in Intelligence</em>

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