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Walter Dorn is Professor of Defence Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) and the Canadian Forces College (CFC). He is also President of the World Federalist Movement – Canada (WFMC).

Since 1995, he has sat on the organization's Board of Directors of Canadian Pugwash, an organization of physical, life and social scientists seeking to reduce the threats to global security. He previously served as CPG Chair from 2008 to 2013.

Dr. Dorn is a scientist by training (with a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Univ. of Toronto), whose doctoral research was for chemical sensing, especially for arms control. He participated in the negotiation, ratification and implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) while working at Parliamentarians for Global Action (1992–93). He addressed parliamentary bodies on several continents and drafted a parliamentary declaration on the ratification and implementation of the treaty that was signed by over a thousand parliamentarians.

His interests are now broader, covering both international and human security, especially UN field operations for peacekeeping and peace enforcement.

At the Canadian Forces College he teaches officers of rank Major to Brigadier-General from Canada and over 20 other countries in the areas of arms control, Canadian foreign and defence policy, the ethics of war, peace operations, and international security. He is currently Chair of the Department of Security and International Affairs (DSIA/CFC). In the past, he has served at CFC as Academic Coordinator for the National Security Programme, Deputy Director for Graduate Studies, and Deputy Director for Outreach and Community Development. For RMC, he has served as Chair of the Master of Defence Studies (MDS) programme.  

As an "operational professor," he seeks direct experience in field missions. In 1999, he served as a district electoral officer with the United Nations Mission in East Timor. He has also served with the United Nations in Ethiopia (UNDP project), at UN headquarters as a Training Adviser and three times as a consultant with the UN's Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). He has carried out DPKO-sponsored research in conflict areas in Central and South America, Africa and South East Asia. In 2010, during a sabbatical, he was a Visiting Professional in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague. In 2014, he was served on the UN's Panel of Experts on Technology and Innovation in UN Peacekeeping. In 2017-18, he worked in the UN Department of Field Support as the "Innovation and Protection Technology Expert." In 2021, he is doing consulting work for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Hinduism and the Rules of Armed Conflict.

He has served as the UN Representative of Science for Peace, a Canadian NGO, since 1983 and addressed the UN General Assembly at its Third UN Special Session on Disarmament in 1988. In the United States, he was a Senior Research Fellow at Cornell University (Einaudi Centre for International Studies, 1998–2000), a consultant to UN Studies at Yale (1996), a visiting scholar at the Cooperative Monitoring Centre (Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico, 1999) and an adviser to the Federation of American Scientists (Biological Weapons Control expert group, 1990). At the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre, he was a member of the directing staff and taught the course "Live, Move, and Work: Technology and Engineering in Modern Peacekeeping" (1999–2001). 

At the University of Toronto, he was a Research Fellow with the International Relations Programme and with the Peace and Conflict Studies Programme, and the Physical Science Don at Trinity College. In 2001/02 he was awarded the inaugural Human Security Fellowship by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT).

He has written several books, including Keeping Watch: Monitoring, Technology, and Innovation in UN Peace Operations, and most recently edited the volume, Air Power in UN Operations: Wings for Peace.  He is hoping to "someday soon" complete a book on a broader theme, possibly titled "The Emerging Global Watch: UN Monitoring for International Peace and Human Security." It will analyse the expansion of the UN's monitoring of conflicts, ceasefires, elections, human rights, sanctions, enforcement and global security generally.


CV – Academic format (pdf)
List of publications (html) (pdf
List of presentations (html) (pdf
Resumé (available upon request)



Canadian Who's Who Bio
(annually, incl. 100th Anniversary Ed., pdf)     


Google Scholar Profile (including citations and h-index)

Letter of commendation (pdf) from Luis Moreno-Ocampo,
Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (2003-2012)

Official portraits

PROFILE: Becoming a Peace Researcher: A Profile of Walter Dorn (1996)

The Toronto Star: “From Student to Success Story” -- biographical blurb (Star) (html) (pdf)

Personal experiences and thoughts (including poetry)



Canadian Forces College

Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC)

Wikipedia bio



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Dr. Walter Dorn
Canadian Forces College
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M5M 3H9  Canada

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