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Adam Chapnick is the deputy director of education at the Canadian Forces College and a professor of defence studies at the Royal Military College of Canada. He has authored or edited eight books and is a two-time finalist for the J.W. Dafoe Book Prize for his biography of diplomat John Wendell Holmes and his account of Canada’s role in the formation of the United Nations. He is also the author of more than 40 academic essays and book chapters on historical and contemporary issues in Canadian foreign policy. Chapnick lives in Toronto.


Adam Chapnick on his award-nominated book, Canada on the United Nations Security Council

Award History

2019 Finalist

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
for Canada on the United Nations Security Council: A Small Power on a Large Stage

Jury Citation

"With meticulous, original research and engaging narrative verve, Adam Chapnick’s timely work of history takes us behind the scenes of Canada’s various campaigns for a seat on the United Nations Security Council. The book gives us both a gossipy insider’s view of the politicking that goes into a Security Council bid and a brisk analysis of the what Canada did – or did not – accomplish during its various stints on the Council. It’s a rare work of serious academic history that is this entertaining, as Chapnick lifts the curtain on the inner working of the UN while capturing the drama – and the occasional absurdity – of the game at hand." —2019 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize Jury (Greg Donaghy, Althia Raj, and Paula Simons)