Dr. Walter Dorn

Royal Military College of Canada
& Canadian Forces College
215 Yonge Blvd.
Toronto, ON  Canada  M5M 3H9
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Research Interests

Arms control, conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peace enforcement, international law, world religions, the United Nations

Recent Publications

Recent book! AIR POWER IN UN OPERATIONS: Wings for Peace

US Wars: How Just? Expert Survey (pdf)

Just Wars, Unjust Wars, and In Between

UN's first "Air Force": Congo 1960s

Crisis warning: Namibia 1989

Cuban missile crisis: UN mediated

KEEPING WATCH: Monitoring, technology and innovation in UN peace operations (pdf, entire book)

High-tech peacekeeping (pdf)

It’s time to keep the peace again (op-ed)

UN peacekeeping Intelligence in Oxford Handbook.

Give peacekeeping a chance in Afghanistan (pdf)

Intelligence-led peacekeeping: UN in Haiti (pdf)

Walter Dorn is Professor of Defence Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) who is based at the Canadian Forces College (CFC). There, he teaches officers of rank major to brigadier-general from Canada and about 20 other countries. He specializes in arms control, peace & stability operations, just war, international law enforcement, international criminal law, and the United Nations.

He serves as Chair of RMC's Master of Defence Studies Programme. He is also Vice Chair of Canadian Pugwash, an organization of physical, life and social scientists seeking to reduce threats to global security.

As an "operational professor" he participates in field missions and assists international organizations. For instance, he was a UN Electoral Officer for the 1999 referendum in East Timor and a Visiting Professional with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2010. He also served as a consultant with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, including on the Expert Panel on Technology and Innovation in UN Peacekeeping.

Dr. Dorn seeks to promote international peace and security through teaching, research and service, including field work. This website is designed to offer some of the results of this effort, especially publications.

His two most recent books are Air Power in UN Operations: Wings for Peace (Ashgate, 2014) and Keeping Watch: Monitoring, Technology, and Innovation in UN Peace Operations (UNU Press, 2011). He is hoping to "someday soon" finish a book tentatively titled Global Watch: UN Monitoring for International Peace and Human Security, to explore the UN's expanding monitoring of conflicts, ceasefires, elections, human rights, sanctions, enforcement actions and global security generally.

Further biographical info can be found on the Bio and Contact page.