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


Military training for Peacekeeping

Smart Peacekeeping

Canada in peace ops: ideas

Canada, the Peacekeeper

Canadian peacekeeping training


US Wars: How Just? Expert Survey (pdf)

Cuban missile crisis: UN mediated

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

High-tech peacekeeping (pdf)

UN peacekeeping Intelligence in Oxford Handbook.

Intelligence-led peacekeeping in Haiti (pdf)

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

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's Department of Peacekeeping Operations, including in 2014 on the Expert Panel on Technology and Innovation in UN Peacekeeping. In 2020, during sabbatical leave, Dr. Dorn was with the UN as a "Technology Innovation Expert" exploring technologies for testing, piloting and employing in UN field operations. In 2021, he is doing consulting work for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). 

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

Two of his 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 finish "someday soon" 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 detail can be found on the Bio and Contact page.