Wesley Wark
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Wesley Wark

Wesley K. Wark (born 1952) is a Canadian historian, an associate professor emeritus of history at the University of Toronto,[1] and a visiting professor at the University of Ottawa.[2]


Wark earned a B.A. from Carleton University in 1975, an M.A. from Cambridge University in 1977 and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 1984. He was a faculty member at McGill University from 1982 to 1983, at the University of Calgary from 1983 to 1988, and at the University of Toronto from 1988 until his retirement in 2013.[2]


Wark was President of the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies (CASIS) in 1998-2000 and 2004-2006. He served on the Prime Minister's Advisory Council on National Security (2005-2009).[3]

Wark is a frequent media commentator on national security and intelligence issues on contemporary security issues. Other scholarly interests include the popular culture of espionage in the contemporary history, the study of terrorism and counter-terrorism and modern and contemporary international relations. He was also a member of the Committee on the Civil Dimension of Security of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.[4]


  • Twenty-First Century Intelligence, Routledge, 2013 (editor)
  • Espionage: Past, Present, Future? Elsevier, 1994 (editor)[5]
  • Security and Intelligence in a Changing World: New Perspectives for the 1990s, (editor with Anthony Stuart Farson and David Stafford), Psychology Press, 1991[6]
  • Spy Fiction, Spy Films, and Real Intelligence, 1991 (editor)[7]
  • The Ultimate Enemy: British Intelligence and Nazi Germany, 1985[8]


  1. ^ "Wesley Wark", Faculty Directory, University of Toronto Department of History, retrieved 2021
  2. ^ a b "Wesley Wark", Members, University of Ottawa, retrieved 2021
  3. ^ Prime Minister Stephen Harper Announces Appointments to the Advisory Council on National Security (ACNS): Wesley Wark who was appointed in 2005 agreed to remain, Ottawa 1 Nov 2010.
  4. ^ NATO Parliamentary Assembly committee member, Wesley Wark with biography.
  5. ^ Reviews of Espionage: Past, Present, Future?: Reg Whitaker, Canadian Historical Review, [1]; Martin Thornton, Intelligence and National Security, doi:10.1080/02684529508432336
  6. ^ Reviews of Security and Intelligence in a Changing World: Victor Huard, Canadian Journal of History, doi:10.3138/cjh.27.3.610; Ross G. Weber, Journal of Conflict Studies, [2]
  7. ^ Reviews of Spy Fiction, Spy Films, and Real Intelligence: Philip M. Taylor, The International History Review, JSTOR 40107307; Keith Neilson, Canadian Journal of History, doi:10.3138/cjh.26.3.525
  8. ^ Reviews of The Ultimate Enemy: Patrick Beesly, International History Review, JSTOR 40105656; Horst Boog, Militärgeschichtliche Mitteilungen, [3]; Nigel Clive, International Affairs, JSTOR 2618401; Andrew J. Crozier, History, JSTOR 24415416; Luc De Vos, Revue belge de Philologie et d'Histoire, [4]; L. L. Farrar Jr., Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, JSTOR 1045620; M. R. D. Foot, Albion, JSTOR 4049715; Alfred Gollin, The American Historical Review, JSTOR 1864004; R. H., Military Affairs, JSTOR 1988468; M. W. Jackson, History of European Ideas, doi:10.1016/0191-6599(88)90026-5; Keith Robbins, The English Historical Review, JSTOR 571163; Peter St. John, Journal of Conflict Studies, [5]; Ralph White, Guerres mondiales et conflits contemporains, JSTOR 25730412

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