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Ken Hansen

Resident Research Fellow

Email: Ken.Hansen@dal.ca
Fax: (902) 494-3825
Address: Centre for Foreign Policy Studies
Dalhousie University
Halifax, NS
B3H 4H6
Canada

Research Interests:

  • Maritime security theory,
  • Naval operational doctrine with emphasis on planning processes and logistical requirements, as well as joint and interagency doctrine.
  • Team leader for CFPS Maritime Security Policy Program research into Piracy, Illegal Migration and Crime at Sea.

Ken Hansen joined CFPS as a research fellow in 2010 after four years as the holder of the naval defence fellowship with the centre. He is a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science. Before joining CFPS, he was the Military Co-Chair of the Maritime Studies Programme at Canadian Forces College in Toronto. He retired from the navy in 2009 in the rank of commander after a 32-year career.

Ken is the team leader for the Maritime Security Policy Program’s research theme investigating Piracy, Illegal Migration and Crime at Sea. He is a member of the editorial board for Canadian Naval Review, and serves as the moderator for Broadsides, the on-line discussion forum of the journal. He is also a member of the Science Advisory Committee for the Halifax Regional Marine Institute. His other research interests include maritime security theory, naval operational doctrine with emphasis on planning processes and logistical requirements, as well as joint and interagency doctrine.

Ken completed a Master of Arts Degree in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada in 2005, winning the Barry D. Hunt Memorial Prize as the top graduate student. His thesis, “Fuel Endurance and Replenishment at Sea in the Royal Canadian Navy, 1935-1945,” was awarded the Jacques Cartier Prize by the Canadian Nautical Research Society as the year’s best graduate thesis on a nautical subject in Canada. His other literary awards include the John J. McMullin Prize from the United States Naval Academy, the Hannington Millennium Essay Prize and the Bruce S. Oland Prize. He has edited and contributed to two books: Marines: Is an amphibious capability relevant for Canada? and Breaking the Box: The increasing demands of non-combat roles on maritime forces, both published by the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies. He has published articles in Canadian Military Journal, Canadian Naval Review, Embassy Magazine, Frontline Defence, Maritime Affairs, Naval War College Review, TheMarkNews and The Northern Mariner. He has also written book reviews for Canadian Naval Review, Maritime Affairs, The International Journal of Maritime History and The Northern Mariner.