North American Strategic Defense in the 21st Century:

Security and Sovereignty in an Uncertain World

  • Christian Leuprecht
  • Joel J. Sokolsky
  • Thomas Hughes

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Christian Leuprecht, Joel J. Sokolsky, Thomas Hughes, Kathryn M. Fisher
    Pages 1-14
  3. The Global Perspective

  4. United States Defense Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Bessma Momani, Morgan MacInnes
      Pages 82-93
  5. Canadian Defense Policy

  6. The Future of North American Strategic Defense

  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Christian Leuprecht, Joel J. Sokolsky, Thomas Hughes
      Pages 189-193

About this book


The protection of the homeland is the top priority for U.S. national security strategy. Strategic defense, however, has been an overlooked dimension in the vast literature on the U.S. strategic posture, with even less attention given to the necessity and dynamics of security collaboration within North America. Drawing on the expertise of scholars from the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the book offers a wide range of perspectives on recent trends in, and future prospects for, the military and political evolution of North American strategic defense.

North American strategic defense is a topic too often taken for granted: as this excellent book shows, that is a mistake. In the 21st century, perhaps even more than the 20th, it will be an issue of cardinal importance to both the United States and Canada.
Eliot A. Cohen
Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

NORAD’s binational command is unique, and this timely and ambitious book examines its continued relevance to North American defense against a host of new global threats. It broadensthe focus of what we mean by North American defense, contemplates how we might include Mexico in various regional security arrangements, and considers the dynamics of expanded North American interdependence in the Trump era.
Laura Dawson
Director of the Canada Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

North American Strategic Defense in the 21st Century is an important book. This edited volume brings together a galaxy of stars, both rising and established, with outstanding credentials regarding NORAD and associated matter in the study of security. This original and well-written volume is the first of its kind since the Cold War – long overdue and impressive in contents. The chapters cover both panoramic issues and more specific matters, and the collection is essential reading for academics, policy-makers and the general public.
Patrick James
Dornsife Dean’s Professor, School of International Relations, University of Southern California


American Defense Policy United States Northern Command Ballistic Missile Defense North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Homeland Security Canadian Defence Policy Mexican defense policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Christian Leuprecht
    • 1
  • Joel J. Sokolsky
    • 2
  • Thomas Hughes
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceRoyal Military College of CanadaKingstonCanada
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceRoyal Military College of CanadaKingstonCanada
  3. 3.Department of Political StudiesQueen’s UniversityKingstonCanada

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