Stress Tested: The COVID-19 Pandemic and Canadian National Security
Edited by Leah West, Thomas Juneau, and Amarnath Amarasingam
$34.99 CAD / $34.99 USD (S)
288 pages, 9 illustrations
6 x 9 inches
978-1-77385-245-4 (Institutional PDF)
About the Book
Leading experts analyze the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic on Canada’s national security.
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.
With Contributions By Amarnath Amarasingam, Marc-Andre Argentino, Casey Babb, Jean-François Bélanger, Stephanie Carvin, Alexander Corbeil, Jim Cox, Jessica Davis, Tara Hansen, Stéfanie von Hlatky, Graeme Hopkins, Thomas Juneau, Kelley Lee, Bessma Momani, Michael Nesbitt, Julianne Piper, Diana Rayes, Bill Robinson, Adam Sahloul, Stephen M. Saideman, Simon Wallace, Leah West, Alex Wilner
Published by LCR Publishing Services
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.
Praise for Stress Tested
This book is important, and worth reading, for its assessment of COVID-19 on national security.
—Kurt F. Jensen, Intelligence and National Security
Table of Contents
Amarnath Amarasingam, Thomas Juneau and Leah West
Part 1: Threats
They Got it All Under Control: Fringe Conspiracy Theories and Threats to Canadian National Security
Marc-Andre Argentino and Amarnath Amarasingam
Exploiting Chaos: How Malicious Non-State Actors Leverage COVID-19 to their Advantage in Cyberspace
Casey Babb and Alex Wilner
Supply Chains During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Stephanie Carvin, Edie Brenning, Djomeni Raphael Desire, Walid Elgazzar, Habab Elkhalifa, Annie Huang, Ilia Nizenko, Richard Oum, Rafael Pozuelo-Perron, Raman Singh, Randall Whiteside, Erin van Weerdhuizen, Randall Whiteside, Anisha Yogalingam
Getting the Politics of Protecting Critical Infrastructure Right <
Bessma Momani and Jean-François Bélanger
Part II: The Responses
A Health Intelligence Priority for Canada? Costs, Benefits, and Considerations
Jessica Davis and Alexander Corbeil
National Security and Intelligence Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Collection and Protection in the Time of Infection: The Communications Security Establishment During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Corona as Constraint on the CAF?: As Always, the Mission Matters
Stephen M. Saideman, Stéfanie von Hlatky, and Graeme Hopkins
Defence Intelligence and COVID-19
Reviving the Role of GPHIN in Global Epidemic Intelligence
Kelley Lee and Julianne Piper
Privacy vs. Health: Surveillance to Stop the Spread?
Enforcing Canadian Security Laws through Criminal Prosecution During a Pandemic?: Lessons from Canada’s COVID-19 Experience
Michael Nesbitt and Tara Hansen
National Security Lessons Regarding the Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Migrant and Refugee Communities in the U.S. and Canada: A Bilateral Approach
Adham Shaloul and Diana Rayes
Untangling deportation law from national security: the pandemic invites a softer touch