Frank Harvey



Contact information

Department of Political Science
Phone: (902) 494-6605
Mailing Address: 
Department of Political Science 301, 3rd Floor, Henry Hicks Bldg Dalhousie University, 6299 South Street PO Box 15000 Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:  Canadian foreign policy, Diplomacy (multilateral and bilateral), Human security, International realtions, International security and defence policy, Peacebuilding



  • McGill University (B.A.)
  • McGill University (M.A.)
  • McGill University (Ph.D.)

Research Interests:

Frank P. Harvey is Chair of the Department of Political Science. Professor of International Relations, his current research interests include globalized terrorism, unilateral vs. multilateral security, proliferation, U.S. and Canadian foreign, security and defence policy, NATO military strategy and third-party intervention into ethnic disputes, peacekeeping and humanitarian intervention, US and Canadian foreign and security policy, and national missile defence.

Dr. Harvey has published numerous articles on nuclear and conventional deterrence, strategic stability, coercive diplomacy, proliferation, crisis decision-making, protracted ethnic conflict and national missile defence in International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Politics, International Journal, International Negotiation, Security Studies, International Political Science Review, Canadian Journal of Political Science, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Canadian Military Journal and others. His Commentaries have appeared in the Globe and Mail, National Post and Chronicle-Herald (Halifax).

Selected Publications:

  • "Explaining the Iraq War: Counterfactual Theory, Logic and Evidence" (New York/London: Cambridge University Press). Translation rights acquired by Institute of Strategic Studies, Arab Emirates (November/December, 2011)
  • "The Homeland Security Dilemma: Fear, Failure and the Future of American Insecurity" (Routledge, 2008);     
  • "Smoke and Mirrors: Globalized Terrorism and the Illusion of Multilateral Security" (University of Toronto Press, 2004) - Runner-up 2004-05, Donner Book Prize
  • "Millennium Reflections on International Studies" (co-edited with Michael Brecher, University of Michigan Press, 2002)
  • "Using Force to Prevent Ethnic Violence: An Evaluation of Theory and Evidence" (with David Carment, Praeger, 2001)

Service and Activity:

Professor Harvey has recently been appointed a University Research Professor.  He received Dalhousie's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1998 and the Burgess Research Award in 2000. He was a NATO Fellow from 1998-2000 and has received several research grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Department of National Defence and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.  Professor Harvey's article, "The Homeland Security Dilemma: Imagination, Failure and the Escalating Costs of Perfecting Security," was shortlisted for the John McMenemy Prize for best article published in the Canadian Journal of Political Science for 2007.