Daniel Livermore

Off the Streets: Canadians, Islamic Fundamentalist Extremism, 9/11 and the War on Terror

Off the Streets is a broad-ranging history that explores Canada’s involvement in the critical events around 9/11 by analyzing international cooperation, and most importantly, how and where those processes went horribly wrong.

Livermore’s intention with Off the Streets is to highlight the tangle of inadequate procedures within various Canadian agencies and the dearth of communication among them. Both led to the horrific mistreatment of Canadians abroad, as well as government liability in expensive lawsuits. He uses cases that are well and less known  ̶  Maher Arar, Abousoufian Abdelrazik, Ahmad Elmaati, and Abdullah Almalki, and others  ̶  to illustrate his points. What’s more, he identifies the weaknesses in the government commissions of inquiry created by the Martin and Harper governments to study these cases, and suggests concrete ways in which the RCMP, CSIS,  and Foreign Affairs could improve their services to Canadians in the future.  As Director General, Security and Intelligence, in Foreign Affairs Canada from 2002 to 2007, Livermore’s perspective is uniquely authoritative and insightful.

Rights available: World, excluding World English-language (McGill-Queens University Press).

Category: Current Affairs   


Daniel Livermore holds a Ph.D. from Queen’s University and worked as a foreign service officer in Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade for more than 30 years. He served in Santiago, Chile, the Canadian mission to the United Nations in New York, the Canadian embassy in Washington and the embassy in Guatemala City. He was ambassador to Guatemala and El Salvador, and following that period, was the Canadian ambassador for mine action, responsible for coordinating Canadian policy and action in the international campaign to ban landmines, for which he received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal. From 2002 until his retirement, Livermore was Director General, Security and Intelligence, in Foreign Affairs Canada, where he worked directly with CSIS and the RCMP.

He has published extensively over the years in international relations and history, and is also a frequent speaker on foreign affairs.  Livermore is currently a Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, Trinity College, University of Toronto. He lives in Ottawa.

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