Joel Sokolsky

JOEL SOKOLSKY is Principal and a Professor of Political Science at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC). His areas of interest and teaching include Canadian foreign and defense policy, American foreign and defense policy, modern maritime strategy and civil-military relations. He has been the recipient of several scholarships and awards, including two NATO Fellowships and two Fulbright Scholarships. In 1995, he was named to the Teaching Excellence Honors List at RMC and in 2005 won the RMC Research Excellence Award. In 2012 he was awarded the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal. His works include:

  • Seapower in the Nuclear Age: The United States Navy and NATO, 1949-1980
  • Canadian Defense Policy: Decisions and Determinants
  • The Fraternity of the Blue Uniform: Admiral Richard G. Colbert, USN, and Allied Naval Cooperation (Newport, R.I.: Naval War College Press, 1991, republished 2010)
  • The Americanisation of Peacekeeping: Implications for Canada
  • Projecting Stability: NATO and Multilateral Naval Cooperation in the Post-Cold War Era
  • Sailing in Concert: The Strategy and Politics of Canada-U.S. Naval Interoperability
  • The Soldier and The State in the Post-Cold War Era
  • Realism Canadian Style: National Security and the Chrétien Legacy
  • Guarding the Continental Coasts: United States Maritime Homeland Security and Canada

Selected Publications

  • "Suspenders and a Belt: Perimeter and Border Security in U.S.-Canada Relations." Canadian Foreign Policy 12 (Winter 2005/2006). (With Philippe Lagassé)
  • "Canada-U.S. Relations, Crisis Diplomacy and the War on Terrorism," Gordon Mace and Catherine Durepos, Eds,   The New Security Equation in the Americas (Laval, Quebec: Centre d'études interaméricaines Institut québécois des hautes études internationals, 2008) Available at
  • “Canada and the Atlantic Alliance in the Post-Cold War Era: More NATO Than NATO?” Nik Hynek and David Bosold, Eds., Canada’s Foreign & Security Policy: Soft and Hard Strategies of a Middle Power (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2010 (With Ben Zyla).
  • “Multilateral-Richard Gary Colbert (1915-1973),” John B. Hattendorf and Bruce A. Elleman, Eds., Nineteen-Gun Salute: Case Studies of Operational, Strategic, and Diplomatic Naval Leadership during the 20th and Early 21st Centuries (Newport, RI: Naval War College Press, 2010).
  • “Continental Defence: ‘Like Farmers whose lands have a common concession line’”, David S. McDonough, Ed., Canada’s National Security in the Post-9/11 World (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012) (with J. Jockel)
  •  Special But Not Especially Important: Canada-U.S. Defense Relations through the Doran Lenses,” Greg Anderson and Christopher Sands, Eds. Forgotten Partnership Redux: Canada-U.S. Relations in the 21st Century  (Amherst, N.Y: Cambria Press, 2012). (With Joseph Jockel)
  • “Canada and the War in Afghanistan: NATO’s Odd Man Out Steps Forward.” Journal of Transatlantic Studies 6 (April 2008) (With Joseph T. Jockel).
  • “Canada and NATO: Keeping Ottawa in, expenses down, criticism out…and the country secure,” International Journal 64 (Spring 2009) (With Joseph T. Jockel).
  • “A Larger ‘Foot Print’ in Ottawa: General Hillier and Canada’s Shifting Civil-Military Relationship 2005-2008” Canadian Foreign Policy 15 (2009) (With Philippe Lagassé)
  • “The Canadian strategic debate of the 1960s.” International Journal 67 (Winter 2011-12)   (With Matthew Trudgen).
  • “The ‘lessons’ of Vietnam for Canada: Complicity, irrelevance, earnestness or realism?”  International Journal   2014, Vol. 69(3) 444–451
  •  “A New Dimension in Sino-American Security: Chinese and United States Interest in the Arctic,” Bulletin of International Studies on the Polar Regions, (Shanghai), 2014 (with S. Lai)
  • “Defence Policy “Walmart Style”: Canadian Lessons in “no-so-grand” Grand Strategy,” Armed Forces and Society 2015, Vol. 41(3) 541-562 (with Christian Leuprecht)
  • NORAD Does Not Need Saving,” International Journal  2015, Vol. 70(2) 188–195 (with J. Jockel)
  • “The Mission: American International Professional Military Education and the United States Naval War College,” in David Manning, Global Arms of Sea Power: The Newport Connection (with David Manning) (October 2014)



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