Kim Richard Nossal is the director of the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Schooled in Melbourne, Beijing, Toronto, and Hong Kong, Nossal received his PhD from the University of Toronto 1977. In 1976 he joined the Department of Political Science at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, where he taught international relations and Canadian foreign policy. In 2001, he moved to Queen’s University to head the Department of Political Studies, a post he held until 2009. He was director of the Centre for International and Defence Policy from 2011 to 2013 and executive director of the Queen’s School of Policy Studies from 2013 to 2015.
Nossal was editor of International Journal, the quarterly journal of the Canadian International Council, Canada’s institute of international affairs (1992-1997), and was president of the Canadian Political Science Association (2005-2006). In 2017 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Royal Military College of Canada.
He is the author of a number of works on Canadian foreign and defence policy, including Relocating Middle Powers: Australia and Canada in a Changing World Order, co-authored with Andrew Cooper and Richard Higgott; Rain Dancing: Sanctions in Canadian and Australian Foreign Policy; and The Politics of Canadian Foreign Policy, 4th ed., co-authored with Stéphane Roussel and Stéphane Paquin. His latest book, co-authored with Jean-Christophe Boucher, is The Politics of War: Canada’s Afghanistan Mission, 2001–14.