Guest: Dr. Andrea Charron, Director of the Centre for Security, Intelligence and Defence Studies at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs
About: Canada and the United States have shared a very special relationship for much of modern history. An important part of this relationship is the high level of security cooperation between the two states that dates most clearly back to the 1938 declaration from Franklin Roosevelt, stating that the United States would protect and defend the territorial integrity of Canada. In an increasingly changing global landscape, and with the changing of administrations both in Canada and the United States, there could potentially be a notable shift in this ‘special relationship’. There seems to be a disconnect between the globalized rhetoric of the Trudeau Government in Canada and the protectionist lean of the Trump Administration. How will the current relationship between the two countries shape security arrangements for North America?
Dr. Andrea Charron holds a PhD from the Royal Military College of Canada (Department of War Studies). She obtained a Masters in International Relations from Webster University, Leiden, The Netherlands, a Master’s of Public Administration from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Queen’s University. Dr. Charron worked for various federal departments including the Privy Council Office in the Security and Intelligence Secretariat. She completed her post doctorate at Carleton’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. She is currently head of the Director at the Centre for Security, Intelligence and Defence Studies, located at Carleton University.