Conferences and Workshops Organized

Workshops and Conferences Organized

On Wings of Peace: Aerospace Power in UN Operations, Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre, Trenton, June 15-16, 2011. (Co-chair of organizing committee and workshop) (presentations)

Global Law and Global Security, Fall Forum and Annual General Meeting, Canadian Pugwash Group, Canadian Forces College, Toronto, November 13-14, 2010. (Principal organizer). Invitation.

NATO, Afghanistan and Peacekeeping, Canadian Pugwash Group, Cartier Place Hotel, Ottawa, October 17, 2009.

Advancing Human Security: Science, Technology and Politics, 53rd International Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs, Halifax, July 15-23, 2003 (as member of Organizing Committee).

The Evolution of World Order: Building a Foundation for Peace in the Third Millennium, Ryerson Polytechnic University, June 5-8, 1997 (as Conference chair).

Compliance Systems for Disarmament Treaties: A Workshop on the Promotion and Enforcement of International Law, Trinity College, March 3-4, 1995. (Cosponsored by the Canadian Council for International Law, the Markland Group and the Univ. of Toronto International Relations Programme; W. Dorn, Coordinator).

Parliamentary Symposium on the Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, Palais Bourbon, Paris, January 13-14 1993. Symposium was held at the French parliament in conjunction with the UNESCO signing ceremony of the Convention. It drew members from eighteen parliaments, as well as leading technical and legal experts. (Organized by a team led by W. Dorn at Parliamentarians for Global Action in New York, working closely with French authorities and French parliamentarians. Funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.)

Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention Workshop, Ryerson Polytechnic Institute, Toronto, June 19, 1991. Providing recommendations to selected state parties prior to the Third Review Conference for the Convention.

The Control of Chemical and Biological Weapons: Strengthening International Verification and Compliance Workshop, Ryerson Polytechnic Institute and the University of Toronto, Toronto, 1989.

Airborne and Space-based Surveillance for Arms Control Verification, Peacekeeping, Crisis Monitoring and Sovereignty Purposes Workshop, University of Toronto, 1987. (Business executives among the participants.)

Space-Based Surveillance Technologies for Arms Control, session at the biannual conference of the Canadian Air and Space Institute (CASI), Ottawa, 1987. (Co-organized with Dr. Larry Morley.)

Satellite and Airborne Surveillance for Arms Control Verification, Peacekeeping, Crisis Monitoring and Sovereignty, Department of Physics, University of Toronto, October 22, 1986.


Service in Scholarly and Non-Governmental Organizations

Positions in Scholarly, Non-Governmental and International Organizations


President World Federalists Movement – Canada 2016

Editorial Board

Intelligence and National Security journal


Advisory Board

TechChange: The Institute for Technology and Social Change


Senior Advisor

Rideau Institute of International Affairs


Board Canadian Pugwash Group 1995–

UN Representative

Science for Peace



Past Positions

Vice Chair
Board Member

Canadian Pugwash, branch of the Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs

Chair, 2007–2013;
Vice Chair, 2003–06;
Secretary, 1997–2003;
Board member, 1995–

Editorial Adviser

Borderlines Journal (New Delhi, India)


Adjunct Research Professor

Norman Patterson School of International Affairs,
Carleton University


Senior Fellow

Queen’s University Centre for International Relations


Vice President Science for Peace (message when Pugwash won the Nobel Peace Prize) 1994-96


NGO Committee on Disarmament, Inc. (New York)



Federation of American Scientists Expert Working Group
on Biological Weapons Verification


Junior Fellow

Massey College (on recommendation of Nobel Laureate Prof. John C. Polanyi)


Honorary Member

Senior Common Room, Trinity College,
University of Toronto



International Organizations

Innovation and Protection Technology Expert United Nations, Department of Field Support Feb 2018–Feb 2019 

Visiting Professional

International Criminal Court, The Hague, 
in the Immediate Office of the Prosecutor

March–May 2010



Photos from Lectures


After lecture to the Military and Police Advisers Community (MPAC), Permanent Mission of Russia to the United Nations, 24 May 2011. 


 Col. Christopher Simonds (Military Adviser of the Canadian Mission), Vice-Admiral Alexey Y. Mezenin (Representative of the Russian Federation Armed Forces to the UN Military Staff Committee), Dr. Dorn 


 With three friendly US military officers in addition.

Briefing the Special Committee on Peacekeeping (aka C 34, now composed of 124 member states) about “Tools of the Trade” (Monitoring Technologies in UN Peacekeeping) in the Trusteeship Council Chamber at UN Headquarters in 2007:


“At least somebody thinks I’m an expert on something!”




Activities and Events



Upcoming and recent lectures

Canadian Pugwash Fall Forum (introductions by W. Dorn):
   2015: Lloyd Axworthy
   2013: Gwynne Dyer
   2012: Luis Moreno-Ocampo

Comments by others

   Eduardo Artigas (Chief of Field Mission Support, DFS/UN) thanking Canada for Dr. Dorn’s support (eVeritas) (pdf)
   Moreno Ocampo (ICC Prosecutor, pdf)
   Bob Rae (Canadian leader, MP) 
   Reviews of Air Power in UN Operations
   Reviews of Keeping Watch 
   Szlek, Col. Zbigniew, Senior Military Adviser of Poland to the United Nations

Experiences in the Field (UN operations and organizations)
(Narrative, Photos, Poems, PPT)

East Timor (1999)
– Haiti (2008)
– Cyprus (2009)
Congo (2009)
International Criminal Court (2010, 2012)
Other trips and visits
UN Panel on Technology (2014)

Personal Writings and Poetry


– Upcoming
Posters (past)
– Photos
Complete list


– Interviews
Entrevues en français
Media opinion pieces



Service in Professional Societies and Non-Governmental Organizations

Scholarly associations and civil society are a major generator of both ideas and action in our world. Service in organizations dedicated to enhancing human understanding and compassion is an honour and a privilege. It also a great way to meet dedicated people and gain new insights.

Positions held


Testimony before Parliamentary Bodies



Conferences and Workshops Organized


“On the Wings of Peace: Air Power in United Nations Operations”

Workshop Programme and Poster (June 2011)
Workshop presentations

UN Historical Poster 2011


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Call for Papers (pdf)
Demand de communications (pdf)

Aerospace power has always been an important element of United Nations (UN) peace operations. At first, aerospace power was limited to the provision of basic capabilities such as transport and observation, but the complexity of UN operations has increased the need for support from air and space-based assets. Mission requirements have expanded to include the provision of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), and when required, the application of force. This workshop will explore the evolution of aerospace power in UN operations past, present, and future.

Individuals wishing to submit a paper for consideration should address it to one of the co-chairs listed below no later than 31 March 2011. Proposals should be at least 200 words in length and include a curriculum vitae (CV). This conference will take place on 15 and 16 June, 2011, at the Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre (CFAWC), 8 Wing, Trenton, Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Walter Dorn
Canadian Forces College
416-482-6800 x 6538

Major Bill March
Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre
613-392-2811 x 4656