Stand on Guard: Reassessing Threats to Canada's National Security

By Stephanie Carvin

© 2021

In Stand on Guard, Stephanie Carvin sets out to explain the range of activities considered national security threats by Canadian security services today. As new forms of terrorism and extremism appear, especially online, we need a responsibly widened view of such threats and how they manifest in the contemporary world. Canadians should not be more fearful, Carvin explains, but a more sophisticated understanding among security services personnel and the general public is needed if we are to anticipate and ameliorate threats to national security.

As a former security analyst tasked with providing threat assessments to high levels of government, Carvin writes with both authority and urgency. Her book presents an insider’s look at the issues facing the Canadian security and intelligence community. Timely and accessible, Stand on Guard will be required reading for scholars, practitioners, and any Canadian concerned about national security in the twenty-first century.

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  • Series: Munk Series on Global Affairs
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  • Page Count: 424 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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Stand on Guard provides a nuanced explanation of Canadian national security threats such as violent extremism, espionage, and clandestine foreign influence, emphasizing trust and empathy in developing national security policies to counter them.

Stand on Guard: Reassessing Threats to Canada's National Security

By Stephanie Carvin

© 2021

In Stand on Guard, Stephanie Carvin sets out to explain the range of activities considered national security threats by Canadian security services today. As new forms of terrorism and extremism appear, especially online, we need a responsibly widened view of such threats and how they manifest in the contemporary world. Canadians should not be more fearful, Carvin explains, but a more sophisticated understanding among security services personnel and the general public is needed if we are to anticipate and ameliorate threats to national security.

As a former security analyst tasked with providing threat assessments to high levels of government, Carvin writes with both authority and urgency. Her book presents an insider’s look at the issues facing the Canadian security and intelligence community. Timely and accessible, Stand on Guard will be required reading for scholars, practitioners, and any Canadian concerned about national security in the twenty-first century.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Munk Series on Global Affairs
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 424 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "While many of us are bombarded with national security news stories all the time, rarely are they so thoroughly examined, clearly presented, and made accessible for a general audience. Based on her deep understanding of the field, as a former practitioner and as an academic, Stephanie Carvin provides a nuanced and informed examination of the new threats facing Canada and what every Canadian needs to know going forward."


    Amarnath Amarasingam, School of Religion, Queen’s University

    "Stephanie Carvin has written the first and only book offering a comprehensive assessment of the range of threats that Canada faces today. This will be highly valuable for students, academics, members of the media, practitioners, and those in the general public who wish to better understand how Canada's threat environment has evolved."


    Thomas Juneau, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa

    "An empirically rich book that will help better inform Canadian citizens, policymakers, and students on what constitutes a threat to national security, while pushing them to understand both the inherent political challenges faced by Canadian national security professionals and the social and normative value of transparency and building trust with impacted communities. This book also demonstrates the need for enhanced accountability to improve national security for a healthy liberal democracy."


    Bessma Momani, Department of Political Science, University of Waterloo

    "Canada deserves a sober-minded, thorough, and rigorous assessment of the national security challenges the country confronts in the 2020s. This artfully crafted book is that assessment. It should be at the elbows of all those involved in guarding Canada's security and in the hands of all those who wish for a deeper appreciation of the hard dilemmas of national security."


    Craig Forcese, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
  • Author Information

    Stephanie Carvinis an assistant professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction

    1. Violent Extremism – the Canadian Context

    2. Violent Extremist Threats in Canada Today

    3. Espionage

    4. The Economy and National Security

    5. Cyber Security

    6. Clandestine Foreign Influence

    7. Disinformation and Threats to Democratic Institutions

    Conclusion

    Appendix

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