Stress Tested: The COVID-19 Pandemic and Canadian National Security

Edited By Leah West, Thomas Juneau & Amarnath Amarasingam
University of Calgary Press

“The emergence of COVID-19 has raised urgent and important questions about the role of Canadian intelligence and national security within a global health crisis. Some argue that the effects of COVID-19 on Canada represent an intelligence failure, or a failure of early warning. Others argue that the role of intelligence and national security in matters of health is—and should—remain limited. At the same time, traditional security threats have rapidly evolved, themselves impacted and influenced by the global pandemic.

Stress Tested brings together leading experts to examine the role of Canada’s national security and intelligence community in anticipating, responding to, and managing a global public welfare emergency. This interdisciplinary collection offers a clear-eyed view of successes, failures, and lessons learned in Canada’s pandemic response.

Addressing topics including supply chain disruptions, infrastructure security, the ethics of surveillance within the context of pandemic response, the threats and potential threats of digital misinformation and fringe beliefs, and the challenges of maintaining security and intelligence operations during an ongoing pandemic, Stress Tested is essential reading for anyone interested in the lasting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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About the Editors

Leah West, SJD, is an Assistant Professor of International Affairs (Intelligence and National Security) at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. She is also, Counsel with Freidman Mansour LLP, and was previously Counsel in the Department of Justice National Security Litigation and Advisory Group. She served for ten years in the Canadian Armed Forces as an Armoured Officer, and is the co-author of National Security Law.

Thomas Juneau is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, acts as a consultant for various departments in the Canadian government, and is a frequent commentator in Canadian and international media. He is the author of Squandered Opportunity: Neoclassical realism and Iranian foreign policy and and the co-editor of Top Secret Canada: Understanding the Canadian Intelligence and National Security Community.

Amarnath Amarasingam is an Assistant Professor in the School of Religion, and is cross-appointed to the Department of Political Studies, at Queen’s University, a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, and an Associate fellow at the Global Network on Extremism and Technology. He is the author of Pain, Pride, and Politics: Sri Lankan Tamil Activism in Canada.