Gwynne Dyer

Event Date and Time: 
Monday, March 25, 2013 - 7:00pm to Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 6:59pm
Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre
Event Type: 
Mac Campbell Lecture Series

Gwynne Dyer has worked as a freelance journalist, columnist, broadcaster and lecturer on international affairs for more than 20 years, but he was originally trained as an historian. Born in Newfoundland, he received degrees from Canadian, American and British universities, finishing with a Ph.D. in military and Middle Eastern history from the University of London. He served in three navies and held academic appointments at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Oxford University before launching his twice-weekly column on international affairs, which is published by over 175 papers in some 45 countries.

His first television series, the seven-part documentary War, was aired in 45 countries in the mid-1980s. One episode, The Profession of Arms, was nominated for an Academy Award. His more recent television work includes the 1994 series The Human Race, and Protection Force, a three-part series on peacekeepers in Bosnia, both of which won Gemini awards. His award-winning radio documentaries include The Gorbachev Revolution, a seven-part series based on Mr. Dyer's experiences in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union in 1987-1990, and Millenium, a six-hour series on the emerging global culture. Mr. Dyer's major study, "War," first published in the 1980s, was completely revised and re-published in 2004. During this decade he also wrote a trio of more contemporary books dealing with the politics and strategy of the post-9/11 world: Ignorant Armies (2003), Future: Tense (2004) and The Mess They Made (2006).

His most recent projects are a book and a radio series called Climate Wars, dealing with the geopolitics of climate change.