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Peter T. Haydon

Senior Research Fellow

Email: peterhaydon@eastlink.ca
(902) 494-3769
Fax: (902) 494-3825

Address: Centre for Foreign Policy Studies
Dalhousie University
Halifax, NS
B3H 4H6

Research Interests:

  • Canadian defence policy,
  • Maritime strategy,
  • Civil-military relations.

Peter Haydon is a Senior Research Fellow with the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Political Science at Dalhousie University in Halifax, specializing in naval and maritime security issues and Canadian defence policy. His current research interests focus on emerging concepts of sea power and maritime strategy, including the roles of naval forces in the pos

t-Cold War period and their function in diplomacy and international crisis management. He recently published a monograph, "Sea Power and Maritime Strategy in the 21st Century: A 'Medium' Power Perspective" (published by the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies in September 2000 as part of its Maritime Security Occasional Papers series) and over the past six years has been a frequent contributor to Canadian and international fora on maritime security. In addition, he writes and lectures on Canadian naval policy and operations during the early Cold War period (1945- 1970). His first book, The 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis: Canadian Involvement Reconsidered, was published in September 1993. Since then, he has presented several other papers examining various aspects of Canadian naval policy and operations during the Cold War. He is presently working on a study of the evolution of Canadian naval policy from 1945 to 1991 as a part of the Canadian Department of National Defence's official history of the post-war Canadian Navy and a research project with Dr. Dan Middlemiss, also of Dalhousie University, examining the evolution of Canadian defence policy during the Trudeau era (1968-84).

A former career officer in the Royal Canadian Navy, Haydon retired in 1988, with the rank of Commander, after 30 years of service at sea in submarines (including an under-ice deployment in 1962) and destroyers and on various national and international staffs as a strategic planner. He also served as a Member of the Canada-United States Military Coordination Committee (MCC) of the Permanent Joint Board on Defense (PJBD) from 1979 to 1982, and was a member of the Strategic Planning Staff of the NATO Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic (SACLANT) in Norfolk, VA, from 1982 to 1986.


  • "Naval Capabilities and the Numbers Game", CISS Strategic Datalink No. 79, August 1999