Walter Dorn - Department of Defence Studies

Dr. Walter Dorn


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Royal Military College of Canada and the Canadian Forces College
215 Yonge Blvd.
Toronto, ON
M5M 3H9 Canada

Department of Civil Engineering

Royal Military College of Canada
PO Box 17000, Station Forces
Kingston, Ontario CANADA
K7K 7B4

Research Interests

Arms control, conflict prevention, human security, peace operations, United Nations

Professional information

Walter Dorn is a Professor at the Canadian Forces College and Chair of the Department of Security and International Affairs. He was cross-appointed as an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Department of Politics and Economics at RMC, and a faculty member of the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre. He is a scientist by training (Ph.D. Chemistry, Univ. of Toronto), whose doctoral research was aimed at chemical sensing for arms control. He assisted with the negotiation, ratification and implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). As CWC programme coordinator at Parliamentarians for Global Action (1992-93), he addressed parliamentary committees in nations on several continents to support the ratification and implementation of the treaty. His interests are now broader, covering both international and human security, especially peacekeeping and the United Nations.

He has extensive experience in field missions. In 1999, he was a district electoral officer with the United Nations Mission in East Timor. He also served with the UN in Ethiopia (UNDP project) and at UN headquarters as a Training Adviser with UN's Department of Peacekeeping Operations. He carried out research in conflict areas in Central and South America, Africa and South East Asia.

Since 1983, he has served as the UN Representative of Science for Peace, a Canadian NGO, and addressed the UN General Assembly in 1988 at the Second UN Special Session on Disarmament. In the United States, he was a Senior Research Fellow at Cornell University (Einaudi Centre for International Studies, 1998-2000), a consultant to Yale University (United Nations Studies, 1996), a visiting scholar at the Cooperative Monitoring Centre (Sandia National Laboratories, NM, 1999) and adviser to the Federation of American Scientist (Biological Weapons Control expert group, 1990).

At the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre, he has taught the course, "Live, Move and Work: Technology and Engineering in Modern Peacekeeping". As well, he lectures in other courses and conducts research there.

At the University of Toronto, he was a Research Fellow with the International Relations Programme as well as the Peace and Conflict Studies Programme, and the Physical Science Don at Trinity College.

In 2001/02 he was the inaugural DFAIT Human Security Fellow (academic). He is now working] on a book tentatively titled "The Emerging Global Watch: UN Monitoring for International Peace and Human Security".



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