Director, International Relations Program (on leave); TRN419Y1
Timothy Andrews Sayle is Assistant Professor of History and Director of the International Relations Program. He is the author of Enduring Alliance: A History of NATO and the Postwar Global Order (Cornell, 2019). He has co-edited two volumes: with Jeffrey A. Engel, Hal Brands, and William Inboden The Last Card: Inside George W. Bush’s Decision to Surge in Iraq (Cornell, 2019); and with Susan Colbourn, The Nuclear North: Histories of Canada in the Atomic Age (University of British Columbia Press, 2020). His research on NATO, Canadian-American relations, and intelligence issues has been published in Canadian Military History, Cold War History, Intelligence & National Security, International Journal, International History Review, Historical Journal, International Politics, The Journal of Strategic Studies, and in several edited books.
Professor Sayle is a Senior Fellow of the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, an affiliate of the Centre for the Study of the United States, and an associate of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. He is a Fellow of Trinity College and alumnus of Massey College.
Graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Toronto have worked with Professor Sayle to build Canada Declassified, a web repository of recently declassified archival records. This project has been supported by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant and a Connaught New Research Award. Professor Sayle is a project leader of the Canadian Foreign Intelligence History Project.
PhD, Temple University
Enduring Alliance: A History of NATO and the Postwar Global Order (Cornell University Press: 2019)
The Last Card: Inside George W. Bush’s Decision to Surge in Iraq (Cornell University Press: 2019)
The Nuclear North: Histories of Canada in the Atomic Age (University of British Columbia Press: 2019)
Britain and Ireland
Conflict, Violence and Genocide
State, Politics, and Law
Fields of Study
CHML Radio (Mar. 23, 2022): NATO leaders prepare to meet Thursday to discuss the war in Ukraine
Global News (Mar. 22, 2022): NATO summit a chance to bolster Ukraine response, experts say. Here’s what to expect; also Q107
Q107 (Mar. 22, 2022): NATO summit a chance to bolster Ukraine response, experts say. Here’s what to expect
LeDevoir (Mar. 19, 2022): NATO and the source of the current conflict: L’Occident a-t-il une part de responsabilité dans la guerre en Ukraine (French)
BBC News (Mar. 15, 14 and 11, 2022): Why Russia never joined NATO: Por qué Rusia nunca entró en la OTAN (Spanish); Por que Rússia nunca entrou na Otan, segundo historiador (Portuguese); and Kwa nini Urusi haikuwahi kujiunga na NATO? (Swahili)
National Post: Op-Ed (Mar. 9, 2022): Canada’s new NATO role should be defending North America
CTV News (Mar. 8, 2022): Crisis in Ukraine: To Russia, it’s a ‘special military operation’ not ‘war’
The Signal (Mar. 8, 2022): How is Russia’s war on Ukraine affecting global politics?
National Post (Mar. 2, 2022): ‘Their real value is symbolic’: Why Canada shares details about weapons for Ukraine
Le Figaro (Feb. 15, 2022: paywall): Avec la crise ukrainienne, le précaire retour en grâce de l’Otan à Washington
Toronto Star (Feb. 12, 2022): Security expert. Mountie. Soldier: Meet three men working with the ‘Freedom convoy’; also The Record
CBC News (Feb. 5, 2022): Chaos agent – Yuri Bezmenov defected from the Soviet Union to Canada in the ‘70s
Background Briefing (Feb. 2, 2022): Russia and America’s Different Interpretation of the History of James Baker’s “One Inch” Remark (audio)
Global News (Jan. 26, 2022): Ukrainians in Canada grow anxious as Russian-Ukranian conflict escalates (video)
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