Mackenzie Institute

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Group.png Mackenzie Institute  
Formation 1986
Type think tank
Website http://www.mackenzieinstitute.com

The Mackenzie Institute for the Study of Terrorism, Revolution and Propaganda is a think tank in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Founded in 1986 by Brigadier Dr. Maurice Tugwell, a former Parachute Regiment officer, British Army veteran of WW-2, Palestine (1947), the Malayian insurgency, Cyprus and Northern Ireland, where in 1971 he headed the British Army's covert black propaganda unit, Information Policy. In 1990 the current head of the Institute John Thompson - a former member of the Canadian Forces and the Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies - joined the Institute.[1]

The institute is a non-profit organisation ; it does not accept government funding. The institute publishes online research papers on a wide variety of political matters, with a focus on "terrorism", war, and organised crime.[2] Its mission is to "provide research and commentary on its subject matter, to promote informed public debate, and to hold to the proposition that our liberal democratic tradition must be safeguarded and fostered" It is also "concerned with the social and political stability of Canada, and works to enhance it when it can". The institute is named after Canadian explorer Alexander Mackenzie. [3] Its current executive director, John C. Thompson, often appears as a television contributor on "terrorism" and military issues in Canada.

In July 1995, members of the Animal Liberation Front reportedly sent a pipe bomb to Thompson's office in Toronto. His assistant would have been killed, except that the device's battery had become disconnected through mishandling by Canada Post.[4][5]

Terrorology network

Several newspaper reports have described the institute as a conservative or right-wing organization.[6] In 1994, journalist Michael Valpy criticized the institute for producing what he described as an ideologically-driven report of supposed "leftist conspiracies".[7] Thompson has repeatedly rejected such descriptions, describing himself as a "classical liberal".[8] He has written, "if being a traditional liberal these days means being condemned as a right-wing nut, I plead guilty".[9]

In 2005, the institute released a report entitled "Waiting for the Kaboom: Indicators to Watch for", described as a citizen's guide to finding terrorists. In this report, John C. Thompson encouraged Canadians to watch for theft of credentials and credit cards, attempts to buy weapons in bulk, increased visits to access tunnels under office towers, and large groups of men living together "for no apparent purpose". He also warned Canadians about people wearing bulky clothing in hot weather, arguing that suicide bombers sometimes wear several sets of underwear to protect their groins for the virgins they believe martyrs receive in the afterlife. These guidelines were welcomed by some law enforcement groups, but were also met with some criticism.[10] Canada's Public Safety ministry declined to comment on the release.[11] The Mackenzie Institute later issued a revised version of the report, under the new title "Precursors of Hostile Intent: Signs of a Potential Terrorist Attack".[12]

The Mackenzie Institute makes frequent comments on Canada's military mission in Afghanistan, and supports increased funding for the Canadian military generally.[13]

People

Board Members circa 1990

Staff circa 1990

Funding

The institute's budget is over $1 million and is provided by individuals, foundations and corporate donations. It does not accept government funding. The institute performs contract work for small and large companies.[16]

Publications, resources, contact, notes

Publications

The listing of Mackenzie publications between 1987 and 1991 is compiled from books available on Abebooks.com and from the archive listing at the Lancaster Archive run by Military Policy Research Ltd.[17] Subsequent publications, from 1994 to the present, are compiled from the Mackenzie Institute website and from Lexis-Nexis.

1987

  • No.1, 1987 Gorbachev, 'reform', and the USSR (Mackenzie paper) 32 pages Mackenzie Institute for the Study of Terrorism, Revolution and Propaganda (1987) ISBN-10: 0921877005 ISBN-13: 978-0921877004
  • No.2, 1987 A mythology of peace. (ISBN: 0921877013 / 0-921877-01-3) Tugwell, Maurice Toronto The Mackenzie Institute for the Study of Terrorism, Revolution and Propaganda 1988., 1988. 30p., wraps. (Mackenzie paper no. 2).
  • No.3, 1987 Terrorism, "active measures," and SDI by Heather, Randall. Toronto, Canada : Mackenzie Institute for the Study of Terrorism, Revolution, and Propaganda, 1987.ISBN: 0921877021 (pbk.) : Mackenzie paper ; no. 3 37 p. ; 21 cm.

1988

  • No.4, 1988 Moscow's "New Thinking", Francoise Thom (Mackenzie paper) Published by Mackenzie Institute for the Study of Terrorism, Revolution, and Propaganda.
  • No.5, 1988 Nicaragua: The pilgrims' tales (Mackenzie paper) Derek Nelson. Published by Mackenzie Institute for the Study of Terrorism, Revolution, and Propaganda. 38 pages Unknown Binding. ISBN: 0921877048
  • No.6, 1988 Soviet propaganda and the physicians' peace movement. (ISBN: 0921877056 / 0-921877-05-6) Rosenblatt, Jack Toronto Mackenzie Institute for the Study of Terrorism, Revolution and Propaganda 1988., 1988. 36p., wraps. (Mackenzie paper no. 6).
  • No.7, 1988 Threats to western values. Published in 1988, Mackenzie Institute for the Study of Terrorism, Revolution, and Propaganda (Toronto, Canada) Contributions: Camus, Albert, 1913-1960., Hilborn, Kenneth H. W. Defence of freedom series ;, 1st, Mackenzie paper ;, no. 7 39 p. ; ISBN 10: 0921877064
  • No.8, 1988 Political options. Toronto, Ont. : Mackenzie Institute for the Study of Terrorism, Revolution and Propaganda, 1988. Mackenzie paper. no. 08 Defence of freedom series. no. 02 Contents: High cost; high risk: the Swedish experience of neutrality / Bertil Haggman — Suffering and triumph: the Afghan experience of neutrality / Judi McLeod. 31 p. ISBN: 0921877072[18]
  • No.9, 1988 Military options.Toronto, Ont. : Mackenzie Institute for the Study of Terrrorism, Revolution and Propaganda, 1988. Mackenzie paper. no. 09 Defence of freedom series. no. 03 Contents: Common security / by Maurice Tugwell — Deterrence / by Brian S. MacDonald — Conventional defence / by John Marteinson. 46 p.ISBN: 0921877080[19]
  • No.10, 1988 Canada's allies speak / J. C. Ramaer ... [et al.] Toronto : The Mackenzie Institute for the Study of Terrorism, Revolution and Propaganda, [1988] ISBN 0921877099 31 p. ; 21 cm Defence of freedom ; 4, Mackenzie paper ; no. 10[20]

1989

  • No.11, 1989 Chemical and biological warfare : threat of the future / by Evelyn Le Chene. Toronto : Mackenzie Institute for the Study of Terrorism, Revolution and Propaganda, 1989. Mackenzie paper. ; no. 11 31 p. ; 21 cm. — ISBN: 0921877102[21]
  • No.12, 1989 KAVCHAK , Andrew, Mackenzie Paper: Canadian National Security and the CSIS Act , No.12, Toronto : Mackenzie Institute, 1989.[22]
  • No.13, 1989 Agent of Influence: the Life and Times of Wilfred Burchett Manne, Robert The Mackenzie Institute, Toronto, 1989. Mackenzie paper ; no. 13 Media report (Toronto, Ont.)
  • No.14, 1989 Heather, R.W. (1989) SDI and Soviet Active Measures: Mackenzie Paper No 14,. Toronto: Mackenzie Institute.
  • No.15, 1989 Reflections of a Moscow Correspondent (ISBN: 0921877153 / 0-921877-15-3) Levy, David Mackenzie Institute for the Study of Terrorism, Revolution, and Propaganda, Canada, 1989. Soft Cover. Mackenzie paper No. 15, Media Report. Bookseller Inventory # 044629
  • No.16, 1989 A Time Bomb Ticking: Canadian Immigration in Crisis (ISBN: 0921877161 / 0-921877-16-1)Campbell, Charles M. Toronto, Canada: The Mackenzie Institute for the Study of Terrorism, Revolution, and Propaganda, 1989, Toronto, Canada, 1989. Mackenzie paper No. 16.
  • No.17, 1989 Soviet active measures & propaganda influence activities in the Gorbachev era. (ISBN: 092187717X / 0-921877-17-X) Romerstein, Herbert Toronto Mackenzie Institute for the Study of Terrorism, Revolution and Propaganda 1989., 1989. 52p., wraps. (Mackenzie paper no. 17).

1990

  • No.18, 1990 The charter of wrongs : Canada's retreat from democracy / by Patrick Brode Toronto, Canada : Mackenzie Institute for the Study of Terrorism, Revolution, and Propaganda, 1990. 40 p. ; 21 cm. ISBN 0921877188 Mackenzie paper ; no. 18
  • No.19, 1990 MURRELL , David, Mackenzie Paper: A Balanced Overall View? Media Reporting of the Labrador Low-Flying Controversy, No. 19, Toronto : Mackenzie Institute, 1990.
  • No.20, 1990 All Shades of Truth: Reviewing the Road to Democracy in South Africa (ISBN: 092187720X / 0-921877-20-X)Anderson, Catherine Mackenzie Institute, Toronto, Canada, 1990. 56 p. Mackenzie paper. no. 20
  • Partners in tyranny: The Nazi-Soviet Nonaggression Pact, August 23, 1939 (ISBN: 0921877145 / 0-921877-14-5) John Kolasky Mackenzie Institute., 1990.xvi, 158 p. ;[23]

1991

  • No.21, 1991 The legacy of Oka / by Maurice Tugwell and John Thompson Tugwell, Toronto, Ont. : Mackenzie Institute, 1991. 45 p. ; 21 cm. Mackenzie paper ; 21 [24]
  • Mo. 22, Big government and the constitution crisis (Mackenzie paper) by William Mackness, 1991 by Mackenzie Institute Unknown Binding, 24 pages isbn 0921877226 (isbn13: 9780921877226)[25]

Resources

  • The MacKenzie Papers for the years 1987 - 1991 are available from the Lancaster Index to Defence and International Security Literature, a Canadian initiative for mililitary policy research.

Address

Suite 906, 100 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5H 1S3  

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References

  1. Other People’s Wars: A Review of Overseas Terrorism in Canada, A Mackenzie Institute Occasional Paper
  2. Policy.ca Profile: Mackenzie Institute Policy.ca | November 25 2005 | http://www.policy.ca/policy-directory/Detailed/Mackenzie-Institute-316.html | accessdate 2006-11-16
  3. {The Mackenzie Institute | publisher =Mackenzie Institute | url=http://www.mackenzieinstitute.com/index.html | accessdate =2007-05-14
  4. RCMP PROBES ANIMAL ACTIVISTS, Scott Anderson, NOW Magazine, JUNE 12-18, 1997
  5. Letter bomb mystery deepens, Jen Gerson, Simona Siad & Surya Bhattacharya, The Toronto Star, Sep 01, 2007
  6. Michael Doxtater, "How the Mohawks look at history", Globe and Mail, 11 July 1991, A17; "Mail bombs spark public warning", Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 20 July 1995, A3; Geoff Baker, "Who's behind mail-bomb plot?", Toronto Star, 30 July 1995, A2; "Tamils protest paper's story", Toronto Star, 13 February 2000, p. 1; Rob Faulkner, "Institute offers anti-terrorism tip sheet", Hamilton Spectator, 10 August 2005, A6.
  7. Valpy, Michael 'It's A Plot, I Tell You, A Plot!' The Globe and Mail July 20 1994
  8. John Thompson, "Defending the institute", Globe and Mail, 23 July 1991, A14.
  9. John Thompson, "The liberal view", Globe and Mail, 29 July 1994, A16. See also " Murray Campbell, "Wonks", Globe and Mail, 2 December 1995, D1.
  10. Rob Faulkner, "Institute offers anti-terrorism tip sheet", Hamilton Spectator, 10 August 2005, A6.
  11. Stewart Bell, "Think-tank urges public to watch out for terrorists: 'Our turn is coming soon'", National Post, 9 August 2005, A4.
  12. John C. Thompson, "Precursors of Hostile Intent: Signs of a Potential Terrorist Attack", Mackenzie Institute, current as of 20 March 2006, accessed 15 May 2007.
  13. For instance, Lynda Hurst, "Deep well of Taliban fighters", Toronto Star, 13 September 2006, A1 [Afghanistan]; Chris Wattie, "Canada's hollow army is 'short of everybody'", National Post, 4 May 2006, A6 [funding].
  14. Update on the Mackenzie Institute, Spring 1990
  15. Romerstein, Herbert Soviet Active Measures and Propaganda, Mackenzie Paper No. 17
  16. Donald E. Abelson, Do Think Tanks Matter?: Assessing the Impact of Public Policy Institutes, (McGill-Queen's Press, 2002), p.188
  17. http://www.mpr.co.uk/archive/P_MP.HTM
  18. http://bib.cfc.dnd.ca/ipac20/ipac.jsp?session=Y224JX6669493.6088&profile=cfc&uri=full%3D3100001~!24734~!0&booklistformat=
  19. http://bib.cfc.dnd.ca/ipac20/ipac.jsp?session=122TO6819G405.34189&profile=cfc&uri=link=3100016~!50241~!3100001~!3100002&aspect=subtab46&menu=search&ri=1&source=~!horizon&term=Warfare%2C+Conventional+--+North+Atlantic+Region.&index=SUBJECT
  20. http://ester.nlib.ee/record=b1110644~S1*est
  21. http://www.llbccat.leg.bc.ca/ipac20/ipac.jsp?session=122090B87M25V.3190294&profile=main&uri=link=3100006~!155065~!3100001~!3100030&aspect=subtab150&menu=search&ri=1&source=~!llbchz&term=Chemical+and+biological+warfare+%3A+threat+of+the+future+%2F&index=PALLTI
  22. http://www.casis.ca/english/CASIS_books.html
  23. http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/243461
  24. http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1124721
  25. http://library.gov.mb.ca/ipac20/ipac.jsp?session=WM3072D259886.9749&profile=ab&uri=link=3100026~!155835~!3100001~!3100002&aspect=basic_search&menu=search&ri=1&source=~!legislative&term=GOVERNMENT+FINANCE%2FFISCAL+POLICY&index=PSUBJ