David is an independent writer, traveller, speaker, mentor, facilitator and aspiring sage(*). This is his third career.
(*) As Winston Churchill observed, “The young sow wild oats, the old grow sage”.
(*) As Winston Churchill observed, “The young sow wild oats, the old grow sage”.
A former Canadian naval officer, David spent 15 of his 31 years in uniform at sea in ships and submarines. His time ashore was spent in staff appointments that included personnel policy, project management, operational planning, and doctrine development for which he received a Maritime Commander’s Commendation in 1996. In 1992/93 he was seconded to the European Community Monitoring Mission in the disintegrating Yugoslavia where he became head of the Coordination Centre responsible for operations in Eastern Herzegovina, Montenegro and the southern Dalmatian coast of Croatia. Between 1993 and 1996 his duties included serving as a naval advisor to the Middle East Peace Process.
In 1996, David left the Navy to establish an independent applied research consultancy, focusing on maritime dimensions of enhancing international stability, confidence and cooperation in regions of tension. This led to writing, lecturing, and facilitating a wide range of projects around the world, ranging from Track Two diplomatic initiatives to confidence and capacity building initiatives (for more on that, see “Published Stuff”). After more than two intensive decades that included extensive travel across the Middle East and Asia, he is now focused on pursuing other interests, ranging across history, travel, visual arts and matters philosophical.
David is a Senior Research Fellow with the International Ocean Institute–Canada, a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Security and Development at Dalhousie University, and an Honorary Fellow of the National Centre of Maritime Policy Research at Bahria University in Karachi, Pakistan. He also serves as Chair of the Board of Governors of Atlantic School of Theology, Nova Scotia’s smallest university. He is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College and holds a Masters degree in Marine Management from Dalhousie University.
“Oceans of Opportunity: Maritime Dimensions of Security in the Arab World”. In Order from Ashes: New Foundations for Security in the Middle East, edited by Michael Wahid Hanna and Thanassis Cambanis, 233-259. New York: The Century Foundation, 2018. Available online at https://tcf.org/content/report/oceans-of-opportunity/?agreed=1
“Security Dimensions of Ocean Governance”. In The Future of Ocean Governance and Capacity Development: Essays in Honour of Elisabeth Mann Borgese (1918-2002), edited by the International Ocean Institute-Canada, 410-415. Leiden; Boston: Brill Nijhoff, 2018. (https://brill.com/view/title/36420?format=HC)
(With Dr. Mélanie Fournier), “Simulation as a Teaching Tool”. In The Future of Ocean Governance and Capacity Development: Essays in Honour of Elisabeth Mann Borgese (1918-2002), edited by the International Ocean Institute-Canada, 94-99. Leiden; Boston: Brill Nijhoff, 2018. (https://brill.com/view/title/36420?format=HC)
U.S.-China Maritime Confidence Building: Paradigms, Precedents and Prospects. China Maritime Study No. 6, July 2010. Newport RI: China Maritime Studies Institute, U.S. Naval War College, 2010. Available online at http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1005&context=cmsi-red-books
“Challenges in the Development of Military-to-Military Relationships”. In China, the United States and 21st Century Sea Power, edited by Andrew S. Erickson, et al. 38-55. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 2010.
“What’s in a Name? The Legal Regime in the Caspian Sea (or Lake)”. In Ocean Yearbook 23, edited by Aldo Chircop, Scott Coffen-Smout and Moira McConnell. 161-192. Boston/Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2009.
“Maritime Security, Terrorism and the ‘New Economy”. In Ocean Yearbook, Volume 19, edited by Aldo Chircop and Moira L. McConnell, 283-298. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.
“Engage More Closely: Naval Diplomacy in the Global Village”. In Intervention and Engagement: A Maritime Perspective, edited by Robert H. Edwards and Ann L. Griffiths, 411-421. Halifax: Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, 2002.
Maritime Aspects of Arms Control and Regional Security in the Middle East (Policy Paper No. 56). San Diego: Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, University of California, June 2000. Available online at http://escholarship.org/uc/item/1622666f
“Confidence Building at Sea”. In Canadian Gunboat Diplomacy, edited by Ann L. Griffiths, et al., 313-333. Halifax: Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, 1998.
The Human Face of Marine Piracy: Consequences and Policy Options. Proceedings of a Conference, Karachi, Pakistan, 29 February-2 March 2012. Islamabad: Fazaldad Human Rights Institute, 2012. Available online from http://www.fazaldad.org/piracy/
Maritime Emergency Management in the Caspian Sea: Cooperation in Search and Rescue. Proceedings of a workshop in Astrakhan, Russia, 22-25 August, 2005. Sydney, NS: International Centre for Emergency Management Studies, 2005.
Maritime Safety Colloquium Proceedings, Sydney, Canada: Canadian Coast Guard College, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2002.
“The Maritime Face of Peacekeeping.” Canadian Defence Quarterly, September 1995:12-16.
“Waging Peace in Bosnia.” United States Naval Institute Proceedings, January 1994: 31-34. Available for purchase online at https://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings/1994-01/waging-peace-bosnia
“The Communist Reformation: Glasnost, Gorbachev and Canadian Defence Policy.” Canadian Defence Quarterly, December 1990: 56-60. (The 1990 John Gellner Prize Essay)
“Maritime Discourse, Dialogue and Deliberation in the 21st Century” (Thematic Address). Proceedings, 6th International Maritime Conference on Maritime Economy, Environment and Security Cooperation; Bringing the West Pacific and Indian Ocean Closer, 14-16 February 2015. 15-23. Karachi: National Centre for Maritime Policy Research, 2015. (Published in Polaris-Journal of Maritime Research, Volume 1, Issue 1, 30 May 2018, http://polaris.bahria.edu.pk/volume-1-issue-1/)
“Educating a Maritime Nation: Challenges and Opportunities.” In Conference Proceedings, 2nd International Maritime Conference 2008, Maritime Threats and Opportunities in the 21st Century, 25-27 March 2008, “Sustainable Economic Exploitation of Ocean Resources: Technological & Educational Needs and Solutions”, 20-28. Karachi: National Centre for Maritime Policy Research, 2008.
“Arranging Deckchairs on the Titanic: Environmental Positions, Posturing and Politics.” In Conference Proceedings, 2nd International Maritime Conference 2008, Maritime Threats and Opportunities in the 21st Century, 25-27 March 2008, “Sustainable Economic Exploitation of Ocean Resources: Technological & Educational Needs and Solutions”, 46-56. Karachi: National Centre for Maritime Policy Research, 2008.
“Maritime Dimensions of Disaster Management.” In Conference Proceedings, 1st International Maritime Conference, 4-6 March 2007, “Maritime Threats and Opportunities in the 21st Century: a Global Perspective on the Indian Ocean”, 56-66. Karachi: National Centre of Maritime Policy Research, 2007.
“War and Other Disasters: A Holistic Approach to Security Strategy.” In Conference Proceedings, 1st International Maritime Conference, 4-6 March 2007, “Maritime Threats and Opportunities in the 21st Century: a Global Perspective on the Indian Ocean”, 119-122. Karachi: National Centre of Maritime Policy Research, 2007.
“Maritime Emergency (Disaster) Management in the Caspian Sea”, Paper presented at Caspian Dialog Session II, Baku, Azerbaijan, 7-9 May 2007. Published online by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis: www.iiasa.ac.at/Research/PIN/caspian-dialog/grif.pdf
“5/6 June 1940: 1 Hampden and 1 Wellington lost …”: In the history of the epic drama of the Second World War, this cryptic entry in the Bomber Command War Diary of Britain’s Royal Air Force seems little more than an inconsequential footnote. As those words were penned, two million German soldiers were facing the …
Our Nepali sirdar (expedition team leader and guide) moved quietly from tent to tent, waking us in turn. In the cold pre-dawn darkness we dressed quickly and followed him up to a small plateau above the town of Namche Bazaar, 3,500 metres (11.500 feet) above sea level in Nepal’s Khumbu Valley. There we stood as …
From the moment I first saw Emma Fitzgerald’s Hand Drawn Halifax I enjoyed her funny, spontaneous, uninhibited sketching style. My own amateurish attempts tend to be fiddly and fussy, with lots of dithering and erasing in trying to get everything just right (which it never is). So this summer I couldn’t resist an advertisement for …
Chair, Board of Governors, Atlantic School of Theology
Senior Research Fellow, International Ocean Institute – Canada
Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of Security and Development, Dalhousie University, Canada
Honorary Fellow, National Centre for Maritime Policy Research, Bahria University, Pakistan
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