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The  William and Jeanie Barton Chair in International Affairs at NPSIA was established in 2008 as a result of a $3 million gift from William Barton, a distinguished former Canadian diplomat. The Chair honours William Barton and his late wife Jeanie.

William Barton had a thirty-year diplomatic career that included postings as Canadian ambassador to the United Nations in New York, Canadian representative to the Conference of the Committee on Disarmament (CCD) in Geneva and Canadian delegate to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna. The Western group of countries which caucused on disarmament issues in New York and Geneva under Canadian chairmanship was for many years known as the Barton Group in recognition of William Barton’s role as inaugural chair. While ambassador to the United Nations in New York Mr Barton served as President of the UN Security Council when it became Canada’s turn. He retired in 1980 and received the Order of Canada in 1994 for his diplomatic role in enhancing Canada’s position and stature internationally. The Barton Chair was established to enhance the teaching of and research into arms control and disarmament issues, a subject dear to William Barton’s heart.

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Professor  Philippe Lagassé

Lagasse-16rdPhilippe Lagassé is associate professor and the Barton Chair at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. His research focuses on defence policy and military procurement, as well as civil-military relations and the role of institutions in international policymaking in the Westminster tradition. He teaches courses on defence policy and strategic studies. Between 2012-2014 he served as a member of the Independent Review Panel overseeing the evaluation of options to replace Canada’s CF-18 fighter aircraft, and he is currently a member of the Independent Review Panel for Defence Acquisition within the Department of National Defence.