Leuprecht, Christian

Current position(s), Institution
Visiting Bicentennial Associate Professor of Canadian Studies; Associate Professor, Royal Military College of Canada and Queen’s University
Fields of expertise
demography, Germany, federalism, civil-military relations, political sociology
Projects relevant to the cluster
1. In collaboration with the Government of Canada I am building the Canadian Critical Incidents Database which will detail a wealth of data on terrorism-related events in Canada from the 1970s until today (with Todd Hataley). Seed funding $30,000. Phase I completion winter 2010. 2. In collaboration with several agencies of the Government of Canada I am leading a meta-analysis scanning the literature on terrorism for propositions, evidence, and quality of the evidence for coding in QSR/NVivo. Seed funding $30,000. Phase I completion autumn 2009. 3. I am the co-investigator of a $230,000 project on the connection between radicalization and diaspora material support of extremism and violence, funded by the Centre of Excellence for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland (with Todd Hataley). Phase I completed: August 2009. 4. In collaboration with the Forum of Federations I am initiating a major five-year research project on security in federal countries (with Todd Hataley). Seed funding of $20,000 for a workshop to be held autumn 2009 at Yale University. 5. I am a collaborator in a $2.865 million investigation on harnessing intellectual capacity across the security sector that involves a variety of researchers from Defence Research and Development Canada. The projects seeks to develop a modelling capability that captures pertinent conceptual and socio-psychological as well as informational and physical factors for the purpose of assessing meta-organizational decision-making structures, practices, and processes (with Al Okros). My contribution looks at institutional constraints, cultural, and path dependency, that is, why governmental institutions -- and armed forces in particular -- respond to challenges the way they do and what might be render them more responsive and adaptive.
Publications related to European/EU Studies
Christian Leuprecht, ed. Special Issue of Commonwealth & Comparative Politics. To be published concurrently by Routledge as Defending Democracy: Accommodating Diversity in the Armed Forces and the Security Sector. 2009. "Winning the Battle but Losing the War? Narrative and Counter-Narrative Strategy in the "Global War on Terror". Perspectives on Terrorism 3(2) August 2009. Demographic Change -- A Catalyst for Federal Asymmetry. In Francesco Palermo, Carolin Zwilling and Karl Kössler. Asymmetries in Constitutional Law: Recent developments in federal and regional systems. Bolzano/Bozen: European Academy, 2009, pp. 189-223. Föderalismuskultur-Banausen: Zur föderalen Reife der deutschen Gesellschaft. In Europäisches Zentrum für Föderalismus-Forschung, ed. Jahrbuch des Föderalismus 2008. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 2008, pp. 269-284. Harvey Lazar and Christian Leuprecht, eds. Spheres of Governance: Comparative Studies of Cities in Multilevel Governance Systems. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press and Institute for Intergovernmental Relations, 2007. Fiskale Gerechtigkeit in der kanadischen Föderation: Gedankenanstösse zur zweiten Phase der Föderalismusreform in Deutschland. In Föderalismusreform II: Weichenstellungen für eine Neuordnung der Finanzbeziehungen im Deutschen Bundesstaat. Ralf Thomas Baus, Thomas Fischer und Rudolf Hrbek, eds. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 2007, pp. 201-220. Robert Young and Christian Leuprecht, eds. Canada: The State of the Federation. Municipal-Federal-Provincial Relations (Monreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press and Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, 2006). Auswirkungen des demographischen Wandels auf föderale Regierungssysteme: Kanada und Deutschland im Vergleich (pp. 83-101). In Europäisches Zentrum für Föderalismus-Forschung (ed.) Jahrbuch des Föderalismus 2006. (Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 2006). Die unvollendete Revolution: Post-nationale Streitkräfte. In Armee in der Demokratie. Zum Spannungsverhältnis von zivilen und militärischen Prinzipien. Ed. Ulrich vom Hagen (Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 2006).
Outreach Experience
Maclean’s, CTV Newsnet, English and French CBC radio and television, Globe and Mail
Open to media contact
Royal Military College of Canada, P.O. Box 17,000, Station Forces, Kingston, Ontario, K7K 7B4
Office Phone Number
(613) 541-6000 x6428
Other important publications
Migration as the Demographic Wild Card in Civil Conflict: Mauritius and Fiji. Environmental Change and Security Program Report 13. 2009, pp. 34-39. Fixed Election Cycles: A genuine alternative to responsible government? Commonwealth and Comparative Politics 46(4) 2008: 415-441. (On-line access: Taylor and Francis Journals (on InformaWorld)) (with T.S. Hataley) Just how liberal-democratic is Canadian foreign policy? In The World in Canada and the 3Ds: Diaspora, Demography and Domestic, David Carment and David Bercuson eds. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2008, Chapter 7, pp. 123-148. (Reviewed in Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 46(2) October 2008: 386 and Literary Review of Canada 16(3) April 2008: 24-25) The Tory Fragment in Canada: Endangered Species? Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique, vol. 36, no. 2 (June 2003): 401-416. (On-line access: Cambridge Journals; CBCA Reference; JSTOR)
Education and professional achievements
Visiting Bicentennial Associate Professor of Canadian Studies, Yale University 2009-2010 Visiting Associate Professor and Research Associate, Department of Leadership and Management, Swedish National Defence College, 2009 Associate Professor, Royal Military College of Canada (cross-appointed to Queen’s University), since 2009 Assistant Professor, Royal Military College of Canada (cross-appointed to Queen’s University), 2005-2009 SSHRC post-doctoral fellow, 2003-2005 Ph.D. Queen’s University, 2003 M.A. (French) University of Toronto, 1999 M.A. (political science) University of Toronto, 1998 D.É.A. Institut d’Études Politiques, Université Pierre Mendès-France, Grenoble, 1997
Courses taught
Royal Military College of Canada: ·1 DM521: Canadian Government and Public Policy ·2 POE314: Modern Political Philosphy ·3 POE/F328: The Canadian Constitution, Federalism, and Regionalism ·4 POE322: Comparative Politics II: Case Studies ·5 POE106: Canadian Civics and Society ·6 POE206: The Canadian Forces and Modern Society: Civics, Politics and International Relations ·7 WS509/511: Peace Operations Summer Institute: Emerging Trends in Contemporary Peace Operations Yale University: ·1 INRL 594a/F&ES 80087a: Environmental Security, Demographic Change, and Non-Convential Threats ·2 INTS 394/ PLSC 458: Governing Diversity: The Politics of Ethnic Conflict Regulation Queen’s University: ·1 POLS392: Canadian Federalism in Comparative Perspective ·2 MPA863: Canadian Society and the Armed Forces ·3 POLS310: Principles of the Canadian Constitution ·4 POLS211U: Canadian Government ·5 POLS212U: Canadian Politics ·6 POLS110U: Introduction to Politics and Government ·7 POLS111U: The Canadian Political Community ·8 POLS112U: Canadian Democracy in Critical Perspective
Fluent spoken languages
German, English, French
Fluent written languages
German, English, French
As a political demographer at the Royal Military College of Canada, Christian Leuprecht is particularly interested in the political, cultural, social, economic and security implications of population change and migration. His current major project concerns political mobilization and radicalization leading to violent extremism, especially among youth and minority communities, with a focus on examining the individual, collective, and structural determinants of resilience among at-risk communities. Dr. Leuprecht is also doing work on comparative civil-military relations and military sociology with a particular interest in the relationship between the security sector and demographic as well as value changes in democratic societies insofar as these affect recruitment, retention, military affairs, transformation, and reform. In this regard, he is particularly interested in the relationship between the provision of security and democratic governance of deeply diverse societies. He continues to write on German politics, especially federalism reform.
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