International specialist heads the Canadian Centre of Intelligence and Security Studies

Fen Hampson, the director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA), announced the appointment of Jez Littlewood as the new director of the Canadian Centre of Intelligence and Security Studies (CCISS) at Carleton University on July 23, 2007.

Littlewood succeeds Martin Rudner who founded the Centre in 2002 and retired from Carleton University this past June.

“It is a great honour to be appointed to the directorship of the CCISS,” states Littlewood. “My objective is to build on the foundation that Martin built over the past five years and take the centre forward in a manner that maintains its relevance for students, policy-makers, and practitioners in the intelligence and security studies fields.”

He joins Carleton from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. He received his PhD from the University of Bradford and his latest academic work focuses on weapons proliferation and control mechanisms, terrorist threats and export controls.

Littlewood brings a wealth of diplomatic and policy-making experience as a previous advisor to the United Nations Department for Disarmament Affairs and to the Counter-Proliferation Department of the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Before embarking on his academic studies, he was a soldier with the Parachute Regiment (Army) of Her Majesty’s Forces and served in Northern Ireland in the late 1980s.

As part of the new NPSIA cluster Intelligence and Security Studies, he will teach the designated course entitled Intelligence, Statecraft and International Affairs and a course on terrorism and political violence.

The CCISS is dedicated to interdisciplinary research focusing on intelligence and national security. The centre works closely with faculty members across all five faculties at Carleton and its objectives include the support and encouragement of interdisciplinary research at the university in intelligence and security studies; promoting the design and delivery of dedicated courses in the field of intelligence and security studies; and mounting training courses and symposia for Canada’s security and intelligence community as well as other civil society groups.

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