David A. ChartersDavid Charters

Dr. David Charters (Modern Military History) retired in June 2015. He remains an active scholar, but is no longer teaching or supervising graduate students.

Dr. Charters is a History graduate of UNB (BA 71, MA 73), and holds his doctorate in War Studies from King’s College, University of London.

Dr. Charters joined the department on a part-time basis in 1988, and became a full-time member in 2005. He was co-founder of the Centre for Conflict Studies in 1980, and served as its director from 1986 to 2005. He is now Senior Fellow in its successor, the Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society. In the department Dr. Charters taught courses on the study of modern (post-1945) conflicts, terrorism, and intelligence services.

Dr. Charters has published more than one hundred books, edited volumes, articles, and reports during his career. His most recent book is Whose Mission, Whose Orders: British Civil-Military Command and Control in Northern Ireland 1968-1974 (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017). His other major works include The British Army and Jewish Insurgency in Palestine 1945-47 (Macmillan 1989); The Chequered Past: Sports Car Racing and Rallying in Canada, 1951-1991 (University of Toronto Press, 2007); and (as co-author) Kandahar Tour: The Turning Point in Canada’s Afghan Mission (John Wiley, 2008). His articles have appeared in Intelligence and National Security, The International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, The Journal of Conflict Studies, Policy Matters, Terrorism and Political Violence, Sport History Review, Canadian Military Journal, UNB Law Journal, and in other publications. He was editor of The Journal of Conflict Studies and its predecessor Conflict Quarterly for twenty-five years. His first novel, a Canadian spy thriller titled Beneath the Rose: A Tale of Terror and Love, was published in 2014.

From 2005 to 2008 Dr. Charters served as a member of the Advisory Council on National Security. He was President of the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies from 2008 to 2010. He has served as a consultant to government on security matters and has appeared in the media to comment on international and military affairs on more than 1,000 occasions.

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