Denis Stairs

Professor Emeritus, Faculty Fellow, Centre of Foreign Policy Studies, Dalhousie University

Denis Stairs, O.C., F.R.S.C., is Professor Emeritus in Political Science and a Faculty Fellow of the Centre of Foreign Policy Studies at Dalhousie University. A former President of the Canadian Political Science Association, he served as Dalhousie's Vice-President (Academic & Research) from 1988 to 1993. The Chair of the Canadian Forces College Board of Visitors from 2005 until 2009, he is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre, and is a Senior Research Fellow with the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, where he is also the Chair of its Advisory Council.

Most Recent Posts

Drone Proliferation

Drone Proliferation

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December 10, 2012

Denis Stairs on why the proliferation of military drones could be both a stabilizing and destabilizing force.

Stairs: Are diplomats needed in the digital age?

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October 17, 2011

Diplomats are not only needed in the digital age, but are needed more than ever.  The argument that they are less useful than before rests mainly on the assumption that, since digital technology has made information easily accessible almost everywhere, almost anyone can get it – and understand it, too.  This proposition has considerable appeal […]

Stairs: Is Jean Monnet’s dream for Europe ending in nightmare?

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October 3, 2011

It may well be a “nightmare” (albeit more horrifying for some than for others), but it’s certainly not the end of the Monet dream. The primary objective of the integrative enterprise – to end Franco-German wars and their offshoots among other European states – has been achieved. Exogenous factors, like technological change and the threat […]