The Director of ICSPA

Dr. Bruno Charbonneau (PhD Queen’s University) is Associate Professor of International Studies at the Royal Military College Saint-Jean. He is also Director of the Centre FrancoPaix in Conflict Resolution and Peace Missions of the Raoul-Dandurand Chair at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Since 2015, he has been an editorial board member of the academic journal International Peacekeeping. His work examines the power politics of and interactions between international interventions and armed conflicts. In particular, he analyses the regional and international dynamics of conflict management and resolution in the Francophone West African Sahel. He is currently working on the consequences of the “division of labor” between the international counter-terrorist forces and the UN peacekeeping forces deployed in the Sahel. He is also developing a research project on the links between armed conflict, counter-insurgency and climate change. His research has been funded by, among others, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, and Global Affairs Canada. He is the author of France and the New Imperialism: Security Policy in sub-Saharan Africa (2008), and coeditor of Peace Operations in the Francophone World: Global Governance Meets Post-Colonialism (2014), Peacebuilding, Memory and Reconciliation: Bridging Top -down and Bottom-up Approaches (2012) and Locating Global Order: American Power and Canadian Security After 9/11 (2010). His research has been published in several world-renowned academic journals: Review of International Studies, International Political Sociology, International Peacekeeping, Les Temps modernes, Afrique contemporaine, Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, Conflict, Security & Development, Canadian Journal of Political Science, and more. Current publication projects include a book manuscript on Mali (with Adam Sandor and Jonathan Sears) under contract with Zed Books, and the coedited (with Niagalé Bagayoko) Routledge Handbook of African Peacebuilding, under contract with Routledge.

Associate researchers

Dr Charles-Philippe David holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Princeton University. He is Professor of Political Science at the Université du Québec à Montréal and President of the United States Observatory of the Chaire Raoul-Dandurand en études stratégiques et diplomatiques de l’UQAM. He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s Academy of Arts and Sciences and a recipient of the Jean Finot Award from the Institut de France. He has received the Fulbright Scholarship twice, first at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and then at Duke University. He has been a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and visiting professor at the Universities of Montreal and Laval, Duke, UCLA and the University of Vermont (Burlington), as well as Paris II, Lyon III, Montpellier III, Grenoble, Lille and Nice. He wrote alone and in collaboration two books published in 2015 by Les Presses de Sciences Po: La politique étrangère des États-Unis : fondements, acteurs, formulation (US foreign policy: foundations, actors, formulation) (3rd edition), and Au sein de la Maison-Blanche : la formulation (imprévisible) de la politique extérieure des États-Unis de Truman à Obama (Within the White House: the formulation (unpredictable) from Truman’s US foreign policy to Obama) (3rd edition).

Dr Marc Imbeault has been conducting research in the field of military and health professional ethics for several years. He has also published books and journal articles in the field of Canadian geopolitics and its security system. He is known for his refutation of philosophical arguments justifying the use of torture based on purely hypothetical cases like that of the “ticking time bomb”. Two fundamental articles can be read on this subject: Noble Ends. Torture in the Ethics of Counter-Terrorism and Le paradigme analytique du tortionnaire ou la nouvelle philosophie du bourreau (The torturer’s analytic paradigm or the torturer’s new philosophy) at the following addresses:

Dr Frédérick Gagnon (Ph.D. UQAM) holds the Chaire Raoul-Dandurand en études stratégiques et diplomatiques and is Director of the United States Observatory in the same Chair. Professor at the Department of Political Science at the Université du Québec à Montréal where he teaches United States politics, he was awarded a Fulbright grant from the US State Department for a postdoctoral seminar on American politics in the United States. University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2005, Visiting Scholar at the Canada Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington and the Center for American Politics and Citizenship at the University of Maryland, Summer 2006, and Professor / Visiting Fellow at Western Washington University, Bellingham, 2008. Recipient of a second Fulbright Fellowship for 2014-2015, Fulbright Canada Chairs in Quebec-US Relations at the University from New York to Plattsburgh in the fall of 2014, and to the University of California at Berkeley in the winter of 2015.

He published, alone or in collaboration, books on the United States Congress (Les sénateurs qui changent le monde (Senators changing the world), Presses de Laval University, 2013, Le Congrès américain (The United States Congress) (eds.), Presses de l’Université du Québec, 2006), political institutions in the United States (Les États-Unis d’Amérique. Les institutions politiques (The United 

States of America, Political Institutions) (with Claude Corbo), Septentrion, 2011 and 2016), international relations after September 11, 2011 (Le 11 septembre cinq ans plus tard) (September 11, five years later) (with Charles-Philippe David et al.), Septentrion, 2006, L’effet 11 septembre 15 ans plus tard (The effect 11 September 15 years later) (with Élisabeth Valletet al.), Septentrion, 2016), US foreign policy (Théories de la politique étrangère américaine (Theories of American Foreign Policy) (Dir with Charles-Philippe David), PUM, 2018), and the State of National Security in Hollywood (Movies, Myth, and the National Security State (with Dan O ‘Meara, Alex Macleod and David Grondin), Lynne Rienner, 2016. He is also the author of dozens of chapters of books and specialized articles on American elections, the United States Congress, American cultural wars, American foreign policy, the representation of American political life in popular culture or even relations between Quebec and the United States, in journals such as Foreign Policy Analysis, Études internationales, the Canadian Review of American Studies, the European Review of American Studies, Québec Studies and Politique américaine, and at publishing houses such as CQ Press and Presses de Sciences Po.

Dr Ian Parenteau (PhD UQAM, DEA Université de Bourgogne à Dijon, MA UNB, BA (Honours) RMC/CMR) is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Royal Military College Saint-Jean. He teaches courses in sociology and political science in the humanities college program and in the undergraduate program in international studies. He is the co-chair of the Office of External Relations, whose mandate includes supporting and developing exchange initiatives and institutional partnerships between RMC Saint-Jean and external partners in Québec, Canada and abroad.

His research focuses on the broad theme of political ideologies, voter turnout and teaching non-technical skills training such as ethics and integrity.

In addition to his duties as a professor and researcher, Dr Parenteau is the returning officer for the Québec riding of Sainte-Marie-Saint-Jacques in downtown Montreal. Finally, he is a former cavalry officer and graduated from RMC/CMR (Class of 1996).

Mr Jean-François Marcoux obtained his bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from the University of Montreal in 1997, his focus was American and Europea

n modern history. Upon completion of his B.A., he went to teach English as a second language for 3 years in the Republic of Korea. He returned to Canada in early 2000 and completed his Master’s Degree in Political Science in 2003 at the University of Montreal. His interests at that time were focused on United States Elections and media coverage.

In 2003, he started working for the Non-Commissioned Members Professional Development Center (NCMPDC) which eventually became the Department of Professional Military Education at the RMC Saint Jean. In his time working at the Department, Mr Marcoux taught all 4 programs, contributed the development of each program, developed and wrote content, worked on several Training Plan Boards and working groups that furthered the development of NCM Education programs. In in 2014-2015 he was part of the working group that developed the new Senior Leadership Program (SLP) residential phase. More recently, he became Assistant Editor of the Blue Knight Journal. Finally, Mr. Marcoux works with the Defense Attache Office of the Republic of Korea’s Embassy in Ottawa. In that capacity he coordinates activities with the Defense Attache’s office, and works to enhance cooperation between RMC Saint-Jean and South Korean Military Institutions.

Dr Samir Battiss is a lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) where he teaches courses on defense policy, political systems and international simulation of NATO negotiations. Its link for its research activities: Conference of Defense Associations / CDA Institute (Ottawa), Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur les relations internationales du Canada et du Québec (CIRRICQ, École Nationale d’Administration Publique, ENAP – Montréal), Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS, Paris – France) and at the Centre Européen d’Intelligence Stratégique (CEIS, Paris & Bruxelles).  He is an external research supervisor at the École de Guerre (École d’état-major, Paris France). Samir Battiss has been selected as part of several Young Leaders and Research Funding programs, including: Strategic Studies Network of the Near Eastern South Asia (NESA) – Center for Strategic Studies (US, National Defense University); “Young Altanticist” – Atlantic Council of the United States; “Transatlantic Leadership Initiative” German Marshall Fund of the United States; Mediterranean Dialogue Program (NATO Defense College, Italy). He holds a Ph.D. from Sorbonne University Universities (Campus Assas) (Paris, France). He speaks: Arabic and French (mother tongues); German and English (full professional skills); Spanish (basic).

Dr Kangho LEE (Ph.D. University Paris 13, Master National University of Seoul, Bachelor of Military Academy of Korea – Promotion 2000) is Assistant Professor of French in the Department of Foreign Languages ​​at the Military Academy of Korea. He is an infantry officer and commander of the Korean Army. He teaches French at beginner and intermediate levels, French military, politics and society of France, etc. to the officer cadets of the program “French Area Studies”. He was Head of Foreign Language Department (2013-2015) and International Cooperation Officer (2016-2017) at the Korea Military Academy.

He holds a PhD in language science. His research focuses on the syntactic and semantic description of French and Korean military terms for the development of an electronic dictionary of the military domain. Recently, he is interested in military culture, more precisely that represented in the language by the verbal form, namely symbolic names of the units, various slogans of the army, military songs, etc.

In addition to his duties as a professor and researcher, he collaborate for the International Association of Humanist Studies in Language (director of public relations), the Korean Society of French Language and Literature (member) and the Korean Society of Teaching of French language and literature (member).

He is Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes académiques, title awarded by France in 2016.

Ms Caroline Leprince is a senior policy analyst at the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre (CCIRC) at Public Safety Canada and the executive director of Women in International Security Canada. Caroline has gained significant experience over the years in providing strategic advice and analysis in the areas of national security, defence and public safety. She previously worked as a contractual research assistant with Defence Research and Development Canada and also served as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces’ Reserve, during which time she deployed with the Psychological Operations unit in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Caroline was also involved in building women capacities in a local NGO in Cambodia, a project funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to help document gender-based violence.

Caroline is an associate fellow with the Raoul-Dandurand Chair of Strategic and Diplomatic Studies and has published several publications in peer-reviewed and policy journals on Canada’s foreign policy. She holds a master’s in project management from École des sciences de la gestion (ESG), a master’s in political science from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) and a bachelor in international relations and international law from UQÀM.

Mr Maxime Bérubé is a doctoral candidate in criminology at the Université de Montréal and holds a Joseph-Armand-Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Édouard-Montpetit – Manuvie research excellence grant from Faculty of Arts and Sciences of the Université de Montréal. He is also a lecturer at the School of Criminology at the Université de Montréal where he teaches a master’s seminar on terrorism and counterterrorism. During his academic career, he completed a research internship at the Chaire de recherche du Canada sur les conflits et le terrorisme of the Université Laval and also completed a certificate in Arab Studies at the Université de Montréal.

His current thesis project aims to better understand the diversity of jihadist mobilization discourses inspired by al-Qaeda and specifically addressed to Western populations. As a result, his research interests focus on violent extremist movements, influence activities and delinquent innovation. He co-edited a collective work entitled « Délinquance et innovation », (Delinquency and Innovation), published by the Presses de l’Université de Montréal, and he also collaborates on other research projects related to these themes, such as the dissemination of innovations within networks of violent political actors, the identification of influential people within a network, or the use of video game representations for influence and recruitment purposes.

Mr Francis Clermont teaches senior Canadian Armed Forces leaders and NCMs for the Department of Professional Military Education Department at the Royal Military College of Saint-Jean since April 2006.

His interests and fields of research are, amongst other things, ethics, leadership, systems thinking, complexity, and design.

As a result of his research, he published a scientific article on Design and Systems Thinking in June 2017. In 2015, he published a scientific article on the importance of developing soft skills for the military. On the same topic, Francis realized and produced a film documentary in 2011: “The Art of Being a Soldier-Diplomat. The Experience of Canadian NCMs in Cyprus”. Throughout the years, he has given conferences, courses and lectures pertaining to his research.

In 2015, Francis was invited to join the Directorate of Military Training and Cooperation team as instructor in ethics for Military Seminars and workshops held in different countries around the world.

Francis Clermont obtained a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science in 1999. After having traveled in Europe, North Africa and in the Middle-East for many months, he obtained a master’s degree in 2003 in Political Science (specialized in International Law and International Relations).

Before working for the Department of National Defence, Francis practiced communication and journalism.

Dr Youri Cormier holds a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London. An experienced senior executive manager in the non-profit sector in the areas of environmentalism and electoral education and participation, he has also served in various capacities (i.e. research, teaching, speechwriting) with Johns Hopkins University, King’s College London, NATO Parliamentary Assembly, and the Canadian Department of National Defense. Today, he is Adjunct Professor in Political Philosophy and Military Strategy at the Royal Military College of Canada and also teaches selected topics in International Security in the Joint Command and Staff Programme at the Canadian Forces College. His recently published book, “War as Paradox: Clausewitz and Hegel on Fighting Doctrines and Ethics (McGill Queen’s University Press, 2016), which traces the philosophical origins and current-day implications of dialectical war theory, was awarded a Scholarly Publications Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). His current research interests include dialectical war theory, counter-insurgency through human development, and NATO strategy and doctrine.

Mr Robert Lummack has worked in National Defence since 2009 primarily teaching at the CWO Robert Osside Institute. Research interests include understanding the complexification of contemporary conflict, the spaces where it occurs and actor responses. This includes a focus upon the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, the theoretical development of complexity theory and evolution of military strategy. At Osside Robert has designed and teaches courses on systemic design ‘Military Application of Systems Theory’ and ‘Complexity of Operations and the WPS Agenda’. Robert also teaches for the Directorate of Military Training and Cooperation, participating in – Ethics, Integrity and the Military Profession in Jordan, Brazil and Macedonia and designed curriculum for and taught Gender, Peace and Security in Philippines, Jordan and Peru. Previously, Robert completed an internship at UNICEF HQ and was a researcher for the Presidential Human Rights Commission of Guatemala (COPREDEH) through the CIDA, Young Professional Program. Additionally, Robert participates in electoral observation – Mission Canada 2012 and 2014 in Ukraine, as well as with the OAS in Guatemala and CIS in El Salvador. His Masters is in Political Science – international relations and comparative politics of developing regions (McMaster 07) and has traveled to about 30 countries. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa in Political Science, International Relations investigating contemporary conflict using complexity theory in Nigeria and Ukraine.

Brigadier-General (retired) Richard Giguère, OMM, MSM, CD is Visiting Professor at Université Laval, Associate Professor at École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP), and Lecturer at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. Brigadier-General (retired) Richard Giguère specializes in issues related to international security, the foundations and and the transformation of warfare, the strategy of organizations, the principles and challenges of public administration and strategic management. With more than 35 years of extensive experience in the Canadian Army (an infantry career with the Royal 22e Régiment), he has worked in operational environments in Canada and abroad (Germany, Oka Crisis, Haiti, Kabul, Kandahar), Diplomatic (Military Attaché in Washington) and Academic. In particular, he commanded the Second Battalion Royal 22e Régiment and the Citadelle of Quebec, the Land Force Quebec Area and the Joint Task Force (East), and the Canadian Forces College Toronto whose mission is to prepare high-ranking military and civilian leaders (Canadian and international) to face complex defence and security challenges. He is a graduate of the École de guerre de Paris and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Military and Strategic Studies from the Royal Military College Saint-Jean and a Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Studies from l’Université Paris-Nord. He is the president of the Institut militaire de Québec and the deputy director of the Center for International Security (CSI) associated with the Hautes Études Internationales (HEI) at Université Laval.

Lieutenant(N) Delphine Bonnardot is a doctoral candidate in Contemporary History at Montpellier III University (M.A. Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, M.A. UQAM). She is a Public Affairs Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, currently serving at Royal Military College Saint-Jean.

Her operational experience in hybrid warfare, particularly in Eastern Europe, and domestic natural disasters quickly raised awareness of the strategic importance of gender mainstreaming across the spectrum of operations, in times of conflict such as in times of peace.

Her research focuses on the causes and consequences of the under-representation of women in military operations, particularly in North America and Europe. Her work focuses on the narrative of strategic communications as a vehicle for helping to achieve a just and lasting peace.

In addition to advising military leadership, Delphine Bonnardot is a member of Women in International Security Canada and a Senior Fellow in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Center for Governance Research at the University of Ottawa.

Dr Elyamine Settoul is a senior lecturer at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in the Department of Criminology. He was “Jean Monnet Fellow” at the Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence (2013-2015). A doctor in political sociology from Sciences Po Paris, his research revolves around questions of the sociology of the military milieu. His thesis, produced in collaboration with the French Ministry of Defense, is the first doctoral research devoted to soldiers with an immigrant background. He is also specialized in security / defense issues, issues related to ethnicity, the Arab-Muslim space and radicalization phenomena. He has participated in numerous European research projects and is an expert on the phenomena of radicalization in many structures (radicalization observatory, Institut national des hautes études de la sécurité et de la justice (INHESJ), ministries, local authorities, prison administration, etc.).