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Danford W. Middlemiss

Senior Research Fellow

Curriculum Vitae

Email: dan.middlemiss@dal.ca
Phone: (902) 494-6637
Fax: (902) 494-3825
Address: Centre for Foreign Policy Studies
Dalhousie University
Halifax, NS
B3H 4H6

Research Interests:

  • Canadian defence policy,
  • Civil-military relations.

Danford W. Middlemiss, was educated at the University of Toronto (BA: 1967; MA: 1968; PhD: 1976). From 1973 to 1976 he was engaged in Canadian maritime enforcement studies with the Institute of International Relations at the University of British Columbia. From 1976 to 1981 he was Director of the Centre for Strategic Studies at the University of Alberta. Since 1981, he has been with the Department of Political Science, Dalhousie University and attained the rank of Full Professor in 1993. From 1987 to 1993, and again from 2005 to 2008 he served as the Director of the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies at Dalhousie University. He is currently Acting Director of the Centre.

Dr. Middlemiss has taught courses in international security, contemporary civil-military relations, and Canadian defence policy for nearly 40 years, has lectured at the National Defence College, the Canadian Forces Maritime Warfare Centre, and at the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College. He has published numerous book chapters, articles, and papers on the economic and other aspects of Canadian defence policy, and on Canadian maritime policy, and is co-author with Joel Sokolsky of a textbook on Canadian defence policy entitled, Canadian Defence: Decisions and Determinants. His publications include: "Canadian Opinions About Military Roles Abroad After Afghanistan", Ann L. Griffiths, ed, Is There Life Abroad After Afghanistan? The Future of Canadian Expeditionary Operations, (Halifax, NS: Centre For Foreign Policy Studies, Dalhousie University, 2011), 19-34; co-authored with Denis Stairs, "Is the Military Establishment Driving Canada's Foreign Policy?", Canada Among Nations 2007: What Room for Manoeuvre?, (2008); a co-authored study with Denis Stairs, "The Canadian Forces and the Doctrine of Interoperability: The Issues", Policy Matters, 3:7, (Institute for Research on Public Policy, June 2002), and A Military in Support of Canadian Foreign: Some Fundamental Considerations for the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute in June 2003. "The "Greening" of the Canadian Navy". Paper presented to the Navy Centenary Conference, "The Canadian Navy yesterday, today, and tomorrow: the ships, their sailors, they equipment, and what they did", Halifax, Nova Scotia, 16-18 June 2010. He recently presented a paper, "The "Greening" of the Canadian Navy", to the Navy Centenary Conference in June 2010. He is currently researching Canadian decision-making regarding the Afghanistan mission.

He has testified on many occasions before various parliamentary committees on the maritime and other aspects of Canadian defence and security policy. He has been an external advisor to the Auditor General of Canada's Comprehensive Audits of the Department of National Defence (1991-92, 1993-94, and 1997-98). From 1993 to 1994 he was a member of the Board of Governors of the National Defence College, and was also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Cooperative Security Competition Program, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. In 1995 he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Council of Canada. He is currently chair of the Editorial Board of the Canadian Naval Review.


  • Co-author with Denis Stairs, "Is the Defence Establishment Driving Canadian Foreign Policy", in Jean Daudelin and Daniel Schwanen, editors, Canada
  • "Among Nations 2007: What Room for Manoeuvre" (Montreal, QC: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2008), 66-90.
  • "The Canadian Forces and the Doctrine of Interoperability: The Issues" (PDF) Policy Matters, vol. 3 no. 7, June 2002, with Denis Stairs