Podcast 38 – A talk with former CSIS Director Ward Elcock

Ward Elcock was the Director of CSIS from 1994 to 2004 and saw the organisation through 9/11 and its aftermath. He joins Borealis to reflect on his years in security intelligence and where we are going next.

The guest Ward Elcock

Ward P.D. Elcock is a Canadian civil servant who served as the Director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service from 1994 until May 2004. He remains the only Director to have ever served out his entire tenure. He served as the Deputy Minister of National Defence from August 5, 2004 to October 1, 2007.

The host Phil Gurski

In this podcast, retired Canadian intelligence analyst Phil Gurski discusses the subject of terrorism: what it is (and isn’t), trends, developments and more. Phil Gurski, author of five books on terrorism, is not shy to wade into controversial matters and provide his perspective honed from more than three decades in intelligence. From Canada to the greater West to the world, subscribe to listen to the thoughts of a person who ‘worked at the coalface’ for many years.

Listen to previous interviews on my podcast

Podcast 37 – Michael Petrou: Canadians who fought in the Spanish Civil War and the parallels with ISIS

Michael Petrou wrote a book back in 2008 on why 1,500 Canadians went to fight in the Spanish Civil War and what concerns their return raised. He joins Borealis to discuss returning ISIS ‘foreign fighters’.

Podcast 36 – Borealis talks with US terrorism scholar Bruce Hoffman, one of the world’s foremost specialists on violent extremism

Bruce Hoffman has been studying terrorism for over 40 years and is recognised as one of the world’s leading scholars. He joins Borealis for a wide-ranging discussion on where terrorism has been and where it is headed.

Podcast 35 - Colin P Clarke

Podcast 35 – Where is terrorism going? Borealis talks to US academic Colin P. Clarke

How has terrorism changed over the decades and, more importantly, where is it going in the next few years? I am joined by Dr. Colin Clarke, senior research fellow at the Soufan Center in New York, and author of After the Caliphate: the Islamic State and the future terrorist diaspora.

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