Security and Defence Bloggers

Security & Defence Bloggers – composed of a mix of students, scholars, and more seasoned professionals – are regular contributors on the CDA Institute Blog: The Forum. Their frequent and insightful commentaries cover a wide range of security, defence, and strategic issues.

We are pleased to feature the following S&D Bloggers as regular contributors:

Michael E. Lambert is a PhD candidate in International Relations at the Sorbonne Doctoral College and the University of Tampere in Finland. He is current working at currently working at the French Ministry of Defence – IRSEM and Franco-German Institute on soft and smart power issues. He was participating in the exchange program between Sorbonne University and the University of Ottawa within the Mitacs Globalink program. His research focuses on the emergence of smart power Transatlantic (TTIP, NATO) following the Cold War, on the soft and smart power of the European Union and the Eurasian Union in the states of the Eastern Partnership, and also the use of de facto states by Russia.

David Law is a Canadian security and governance practitioner with over three decades of experience in the field. David has undertaken consultancy assignments in more than 40 countries around the world. He has also worked at the NATO Political Directorate, where in his last position he was the first Head of its Policy Planning Unit, and at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, where he was Senior Fellow as well as Senior Advisor for its International Security Sector Advisory Team. Presently, David is currently a Senior Associate with the Kitchener-based Security Governance Group, and a Senior Fellow with it sister organization, the Centre for Security Governance.

Adam P. MacDonald is an independent academic based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Receiving his Masters in Political Science from the University of Victoria in 2010, Adam specializes in geopolitical developments in the Arctic and East Asia. He has been published in various Canadian and international journals and is a regular contributor to the East Asia Forum and Frontline Defence. He is, as well, a member of the Nova Scotia Health Research Ethics Board. Analyzing the study of China’s rise; military developments in the Arctic; and the ongoing political transition in Myanmar are his current academic foci.

Adnan Qaiser began his professional career as a commissioned officer in the Pakistan army and took early release as a Major. While working at various command and staff positions, he developed a thorough understanding of national politics, civil and military leadership, intelligence establishment, regional geopolitical players and the security and policy issues that preoccupied them. Moving on to international diplomacy, he fostered political, economic and cultural relations for the next 12½ years at bilateral and multilateral platforms, watching closely some of the most turbulent times in the South Asian and Middle Eastern politics from a G7 perspective. Emigrating to Canada in 2001 he upgraded his education and continues with his professional development while working at various senior positions in public, private and not-for-profit organizations. Speaking many of the languages and having deep insight into the region he has written and published papers on Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Middle East and Canada’s military engagement in Afghanistan and has been a regular commentator at Canadian television talk-shows as well as a speaker at various Canadian think tanks. Adnan Qaiser can be reached at: a.qaiser1@yahoo.com.

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