Glyn R. Berry Lectures

On January 15, 2006, senior Canadian diplomat Glyn R. Berry was tragically killed in a terrorist attack in Afghanistan. At that time, he was Political Director for the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Kandahar with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT, now Global Affairs Canada). Mr. Berry was a principled humanitarian; passionately devoted to improving conditions for ordinary people in desperate circumstances.

Mr. Berry graduated with a PhD (Political Science) from Dalhousie University in 1981. In his honour, Dalhousie, in partnership with DFAIT, created the Glyn R. Berry Memorial Scholarship in International Policy Studies. With the POLI department, CSSD co-sponsors an annual lecture series in Mr. Berry’s memory, to encourage informed reflection on Canadian foreign policy.

Past Glyn Berry lectures:


Prof. Andy W. Knight (Alberta), “From Coutts to Kyiv: Shifts in World Order.”


Profs. Corrine Cash (StFX), Larry Swatuk (Waterloo), and Heather Smith (UNBC), “Global Climate Politics and the Challenges for Canada”



Prof.  Paul Evans (UBC), “Living with China in an Era of  Great Power Rivalry: Canadian Options"                                                                             




Prof. Michael Byers (UBC), “Elon Musk, President of Mars?"



Reid Morden (former director of CSIS), “Security, Privacy, and Oversight: Where is the Balance?”



Amb. Glenn Davidson (former admiral and ambassador) “A Foreign Policy Practitioner's Perspective”



Ferry de Kerckhove (former diplomat) “Canada's Strategic Outlook 2014: The Quest for Leadership”



David M. Malone former diplomat) “The UN Security Council: Boom or Bust?”