Dr Peter Foot
Department of Defence Studies
Areas of Interest
- Military Education
- Alliance Systems
- Civil-Military Relations
Educational and Professional Background
Dr Foot is Emeritus Professor of Defence Studies, Department of Defence Studies, at the Canadian Forces College (CFC). He was Director of Academics and Head of the Department during 2005-2006. Since then, he has just completed his four-year term as Academic Dean at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). He is now Faculty Associate at GCSP.
Between 1979 and 1984, he conducted research at the University of Edinburgh. In 1984, he chose to go into university teaching full-time. Between 1984 and 1996, while Senior Lecturer at the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, and at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, he specialised in teaching Defence Economics. In January 1997, Dr Foot assisted as Deputy Dean in the creation of King’s College London’s Defence Studies Department within the tri-Service UK Joint Command and Staff College. He served on secondment at the CFC for two years.
More generally, he has run undergraduate and postgraduate courses and has been an External Examiner for British and overseas Universities. Since 1998, he has been a founder Secretariat member of the Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes, and served as founder Editor and Chair of the Consortium’s Publication Board. He was educational advisor to the Baltic Defence College; the Peace Support Operations Training Centre, Sarajevo; the Leadership and Management in Defence programme for the Irish Defence Forces and the University of Ireland Maynooth; the International Staff Officers’ Course at the Armed Forces Academy of General Milan Rastislav Štefánik in Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia. He was awarded the Baltic Defence College Medal in 2004 for his contributions to scoping multinational military education and its management — he remains a senior mentor for the Higher Command Studies Course at that College. He also serves as Academic Advisor to Transparency International’s Defence and Security Programme.
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