Kim Richard Nossal is a professor of political studies in the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen’s University. Born in London, England in 1952, he went to school in Sydney, Melbourne, Beijing, Toronto and Hong Kong before attending the University of Toronto, where he received his BA, MA, and PhD. In 1976 he joined the Department of Political Science at McMaster University, where he taught political science and international relations for twenty-five years and served as chair of the department from 1992 to 1996. In 2001, Nossal was appointed the head of the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University. He held the Sir Edward Peacock Professorship in International Relations from 2008 to 2013, served as the director of the Centre for International and Defence Policy from 2011 to 2013, and as executive director of the Queen’s School of Policy Studies from 2013 to 2015.
Nossal was the editor of International Journal, the quarterly of the Canadian International Council, Canada’s institute of international affairs, from 1992 to 1997. He was the president of the Canadian Political Science Association in 2005–2006. In 2000, he was appointed by the minister of national defence to serve on the academic selection committee of the Security and Defence Forum, the academic outreach program that the Department of National Defence began running in 1966. In 2006, he was appointed to chair the committee, a position he held until the program was closed down by DND in 2012.
Nossal is the author of a number of works on Canadian foreign and defence policy, including The Politics of Canadian Foreign Policy, a textbook that was originally published in 1985. The latest edition, now co-authored with Stéphane Roussel and Stéphane Paquin, was published in 2015. His most recent book is Charlie Foxtrot: Fixing Defence Procurement in Canada, appeared in 2016. He and Jean-Christophe Boucher have just finished The Politics of War: Canada’s Afghanistan Mission, 2001–14, which will be published by UBC Press in the summer of 2017.