Christian LeuprechtChristian Leuprecht appointed a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

OTTAWA, Sept. 13, 2016 – The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is delighted to congratulate Munk Senior Fellow Christian Leuprecht, a nationally-respected thought leader on security and defence, on his appointment to a prestigious honour from a respected academic institution.

On Tuesday the Royal Society of Canada, a collection of some of the country’s leading academic thinkers, named Leuprecht as a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

He was the only political scientist inducted this year.

“Christian Leuprecht is one of Canada’s most prolific scholars in the comparative study of security and defence”, the Royal Society said.

“He has made innovative contributions to applying network science to transnational illicit networks, clustering heterogeneous semi-structured national security datasets, cybersecurity, the governance of borders, national security policy and administration and political demography”.

Leuprecht, in his work for MLI, has led the debate on key issues related to Canada’s defence and security, earning coverage in major national newspapers such as the Globe and Mail, key local dailies such as the Ottawa Citizen, and on popular television networks like CTV.

“This is a profound and well-deserved honour, recognizing Christian as a rising star in academia” -David Watson

His 2014 paper on the cost of policing established him as the go-to expert on dealing with ballooning police budgets across the country.

In 2015 he authored the definitive paper on the insidious threat that contraband tobacco poses to Canadians’ safety. His commentary paper on violent extremism, meanwhile, urged Canada to do a better job of tracking the flow of terrorist financing and radicalized individuals into and out of the country.

This year MLI appointed Leuprecht as a Munk Senior Fellow in defence and security along with several other leading Canadian thinkers.

“This is a profound and well-deserved honour, recognizing Christian as a rising star in academia”, said David Watson, Managing Editor and Communications Director at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.

“MLI looks forward to our continued collaboration in producing the thought leadership that Canada needs to produce to remain the best-governed country in the world”.


Christian Leuprecht is Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Economics at the Royal Military College of Canada, and cross-appointed to the Department of Political Studies and the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University. He is a Munk Senior Fellow with the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.

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