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Intelligence Analysis and Policy MakingThe Canadian Experience$
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Thomas Juneau and Stephanie Carvin

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781503613508

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503613508.001.0001

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Governance and Structure

Governance and Structure

(p.13) 1 Governance and Structure
Intelligence Analysis and Policy Making

Thomas Juneau

Stephanie Carvin

Stanford University Press

The Canadian intelligence community’s nominal center, the National Security and Intelligence Advisor to the Prime Minister, has limited ability to coordinate the work of the community as a whole, and a limited capacity to coerce and cajole counterparts to work together. This relatively weak central leadership makes it more difficult to manage the activities of the community in a coordinated manner. This contrasts sharply with other national contexts, especially the US, where stronger institutions imply that personalities have a lesser impact on intelligence-policy dynamics. The chapter then examines the impact of structural factors that shape the work of the Canadian intelligence community: dependency on foreign intelligence and lack of a foreign human intelligence service, as well as uncertainty in the face of ongoing reforms and enhanced oversight and review. The chapter concludes with a case study of the Intelligence Assessment Secretariat in the Privy Council Office.

Keywords:   Institutions, governance, centralization, personalities, mandates, foreign intelligence, Canadianization, review and oversight, Intelligence Assessment Secretariat

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