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Eugene Lang is Adjunct Professor in the School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University (where he teaches core and elective courses in the M.P.A. program); and Special Advisor (Policy) to the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries.  

Lang’s career has spanned the public, private and academic sectors.  He served many years in the Canadian government, including as Chief of Staff to two Ministers of National Defence; Economic Policy Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister; Policy Advisor to the Solicitor General; and Senior Economist, Finance Canada.  For the past fifteen years he has worked in the private sector, first at Bell Canada Enterprises and then as a consultant and strategic advisor to Canadian and multinational corporations, trade associations and academic institutions.    

A former Visiting Fellow at the Munk School of International Studies, University of Toronto, Lang spent three years as BMO Visiting Fellow, Glendon School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), Glendon College, York University, where he taught several courses in the Master of Public and International Affairs program.  In 2014 he served as Interim Co-Director of the School.

Lang is co-author (with Janice Stein) of The Unexpected War: Canada in Kandahar, a national best seller that won the Shaughnessy Cohen award for political writing and was short-listed for the Donner Prize for the best Canadian public policy book.  He is also co-author (with Philip DeMont) of Turning Point: Moving Beyond Neoconservatism. 

Lang has published more than a hundred and fifty articles and essays on Canadian defence policy, the nexus between defence and foreign policy, and domestic and international political economy.  A frequent contributor to the The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star and The Ottawa Citizen, Lang’s writings have also appeared in The National Post, The Montreal Gazette, Policy Options, Policy Network, Walrus, International Politics and Society, International Journal and The Global Exchange.  He has spoken at various universities and think tanks and has appeared numerous times as a commentator on CBC radio and television, CTV and Global Television.

A Board member of the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University and former member of the Queen’s International Centre Council, Lang was educated at the University of Western Ontario (B.A., M.A., political science), Queen’s University (M.P.A.) and the London School of Economics (M.Sc. International Political Economy), where he studied as a Chevening Scholar.  He lives in Ottawa with his wife and children.

Areas of expertise: Defence, Economics, and Politics


RECENT PUBLICATIONS BY EUGENE LANG

Lessons from the Julie Payette affair? Even the governor general can be held accountable
The role of deputy prime minister is not as powerful as most think
Missing – public servants who could warn Trudeau about WE conflict

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