Canada is a key member of the world's most important international intelligence-sharing partnership, the Five Eyes, along with the US, the UK, New Zealand, and Australia. Until now, few scholars have looked beyond the US to study how effectively intelligence analysts support policy makers, who rely on timely, forward-thinking insights to shape high-level foreign, national security, and defense policy.
Intelligence Analysis and Policy Making provides the first in-depth look at the relationship between intelligence and policy in Canada. Thomas Juneau and Stephanie Carvin, both former analysts in the Canadian national security sector, conducted seventy in-depth interviews with serving and retired policy and intelligence practitioners, at a time when Canada's intelligence community underwent sweeping institutional changes.
Juneau and Carvin provide critical recommendations for improving intelligence performance in supporting policy—with implications for other countries that, like Canada, are not superpowers but small or mid-sized countries in need of intelligence that supports their unique interests.
About the authors
Thomas Juneau is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa and the author of Squandered Opportunity: Neoclassical Realism and Iranian Foreign Policy (Stanford, 2015).
Stephanie Carvin is Associate Professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University and the author of Stand on Guard: Reassessing Threats to Canada's National Security (2021).
"Intelligence Analysis and Policy Making is much more than a wire diagram of Canadian intelligence organizations. Carvin and Juneau reveal what analysts think about their work and how they interact with policy makers. Their answers are fascinating for students of intelligence, international relations, and Canadian national security policy."
—Joshua Rovner, American University
"Thomas Juneau and Stephanie Carvin offer an excellent and comprehensive assessment of the intelligence function in Canada and how it can continue to mature to guide sound policy making. A much-needed publication at a time when intelligence is at a premium to help guide the country in a challenging world."
—Daniel Jean, former National Security and Intelligence Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada