MWI Adjunct Scholar

Joe Varner is a consultant on defense diplomacy, strategic intelligence, and military operations, and is author of “Canada’s Asia-Pacific Security Dilemma.” He served as Director of Policy to the Minister of National Defence and Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada the Hon. G. Peter McKay from 2008 to 2014. Varner also served as a faculty member with the American Military University from 2001 to 2009 and again from 2015 to 2019, specializing in teaching homeland security and intelligence studies. He is also a Research Fellow of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute, a Fellow of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, Royal Society of Arts, and Royal Asiatic Society of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, and a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and Royal United Services Institute of Defence Studies. Varner is also a past Senior Research Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies and the Naval Officers’ Association of Canada. Joe is a Commander of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem and was awarded the Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service and two Command Commendations. He served as a Platoon Commander, Intelligence Officer, Assistant Adjutant, and Company Second-in-Command with the West Nova Scotia Regiment. A native of Nova Scotia, Varner has a BA (Honours) in International Relations and an MA in Political Science from Acadia University, and has undertaken Doctoral work at Henley-Putnam College, National American University in Strategic Security.