Alexander Moens

Department Chair

B.A. (University of Lethbridge)
M.A. (McMaster University)
Ph.D. (University of British Columbia)


Phone: 778-782-3729
Office Location: AQ 6071


Alexander Moens is a professor of Political Science at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. He was the Eisenhower Fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome in 2015. Moens is the co-editor (with Brooke Smith-Windsor) of NATO and Asia Pacific (NDC, Rome, 2016), co-editor of Immigration Policy and the Terrorist Threat in Canada and the United States (2008). Moens is author of The Foreign Policy of George W. Bush: Values, Strategy, Loyalty (2004), and Foreign Policy Under Carter (1990) as well as co-editor of Disconcerted Europe: The Search for a New Security Architecture (1994), NATO and European Security: Alliance Politics from the Cold War’s End to the Age of Terrorism (2003). Recent publications include "George W. Bush Decision Maker: Take Two," Chapter 6 in Donald R. Kelley and Todd G. Shields (eds) Taking the Measure: The Presidency of George W. Bush (College Station Texas: Texas A&M University Press, 2013); “Ukraine, NATO and Moral Realism,” Atlantisch Perspectief, (The Hague), No. 3, Summer 2014, Alexander Moens, Seychelle Cushing, and Alan W. Dowd (2015). Cybersecurity Challenges for Canada and the United States. Fraser Institute. <>, “How NATO’s Values and Functions Influence its Policy and Action,” Fellowship Monograph 7, NATO Defense College, Rome, May 2016.

Professor Moens Curriculum vitae 

Recent Works:

NATO and Asia-Pacific (2016)

In late 2014, when Europe’s security discourse was consumed with Russian aggression in Ukraine, NATO’s Deputy Secretary General reminded the international community of the Atlantic Alliance’s sustained interests in a region farther afield: Asia-Pacific. “NATO is committed to long-term engagement … with all of Asia, to making that engagement both political and practical ... By working together and forging a common understanding of where our interests coincide, we can shape decision-making, maximize our influence in world affairs, and promote the international rules-based order that has served our nations and our peoples so very well for such a very long time” (Seoul, October 2014). Giving political and practical substance to NATO’s Asia-Pacific partnerships is the subject of this latest NDC Forum Paper.

Edited by two Canadian analysts, with original contributions from a group of Euro-Atlantic and Asia-Pacific scholars, it explores the implications for the Alliance of America’s so-called ‘pivot’ or ‘rebalance’ to a region already home to the globe’s fastest growing defense budgets, nuclear proliferation, and increasingly contested commons.

NATO and China in Africa (2016)

How NATO's values and functions influence its policy and action (2016)