INTREPID is inspired by Sir William Stephenson and powered by Big Academia. We began as A Podcast Called INTREPID in 2017, and decided in 2019 to include written content in A Blog Called INTREPID. Our purpose is build knowledge in the area of Canadian national security law and policy. That does not mean that everyone will agree with every position we take. But we try to present informed perspectives, and also give those who work in Canada’s broader intelligence and security community an opportunity to talk about what it is they do, to the extent they can. To achieve these objectives, we have an editorial policy, of sorts.

INTREPID was founded by Stephanie Carvin and Craig Forcese, but now comprises a bigger family of “INTREPID alumi” and collaborators whose thinking, working and contributions are found in our podcasts and blog posts. The Founding Editors give sincere thanks to Claire Wählen for her hard work on INTREPID’s webdesign.

Founding Editors

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Amarnath Amarasingam

Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Strategic Dialogue| Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Waterloo | Terrorism, social movements, sociology of religion, ethnography, MENA, South Asia

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Stephanie Carvin

Assistant Professor, NPSIA, Carleton University. Former national security analyst. | War, technology, law & security.

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Jessica Davis

President & principal consultant, Insight Threat Intelligence. Former CSIS senior strategic analyst and FINTRAC team leader | Intelligence, illicit financing, terrorism.

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Craig Forcese

Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa. | National security, international, and public law.


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Thomas Juneau

Associate Professor, GSPIA, University of Ottawa. Former Department of National Defence analyst. | Middle East (Iran, Saudi, Yemen) and security & intelligence.

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Michael Nesbitt

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary. Former Justice Canada and Foreign Affairs lawyer. | Criminal law, national security law, foreign relations & international law, sanctions.

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Leah West

Lecturer, NPSIA, Carleton University. Former national security lawyer at Justice Canada. | National security, cyber, international law.

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