John Pumphrey is is a student in the Doctorate of Social Sciences Programme at Royal Roads University. With more than 25 years of experience in the security and police specialty, he has exercised responsible charge over a full‐range of general and specialist police and security functions in Canada and abroad in low to high‐threat environments. His breadth of experience includes service with the Canadian Armed Forces, NATO, and the United Nations, in both command and staff positions and he has worked extensively at the operational level to provide specialist police and security services in support of the Vancouver Olympics, earth quake response in Haiti. Notably, in 2008 he was employed as NATO’s senior policing advisor in the war torn, southern Region of Afghanistan. He has been a regular contributor in the areas of international policing and security strategy and is a student in the Doctorate of Social Sciences Programme at Royal Roads University. His research interests relate to finding a link between Canada’s involvement in failed and fragile states and the possible impact on national security in Canada. Ultimately he would like to consider how the Canada’s counter‐terrorism strategy might be improved.