Author Biography

Christian Leuprecht is associate professor of political science at the Royal Military College of Canada. He is cross-appointed to the Department of Political Studies and the School of Policy Studies at Queen's University, where he is chair (pro tempore) of the Defence Management Studies Program and a fellow of both the Queen's Centre for International Relations and the Institute of Intergovernmental Affairs. He is also a research associate at the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy as well as the Institute for Leadership and Management at the Swedish National Defence Academy. He is currently on leave at Yale University, where he is the Bicentennial Visiting Associate Professor in Canadian Studies.



Subject Area Keywords

Human security, International relations, International security, Security management, Social movements, Strategy


To be successful, grand strategy requires objectives, concepts, and resources to be balanced appropriately with a view to defeating one’s enemy. The trouble is, of course, that Generals are always well prepared to fight the last war. In the words of Yogi Berra, predictions are always difficult, especially when they involve the future. Yet, grand strategy is all about the future. But how is one to strategize about a future that is inherently difficult to predict? One way to overcome this conundrum is to rely on independent variables that can be projected into the future with reasonable accuracy. Aside from environmental indicators, the most consistent of those is demography, specifically demographic change and difference. The demographic approach to international security leads to strategic conclusions about the integration of military, political, and economic means in pursuit of states’ ultimate objectives in the international system.