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, international 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 on the Expert Panel on Technology and Innovation in UN Peacekeeping. In 2020, during a sabbatical, Dr. Dorn is with the UN as a “Technology Innovation Expert” to explore technologies for testing, piloting and employing in UN peace operations.
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.
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 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.