Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
Centre for International and Defence Policy

Major Ian P. Rutherford

 

The CIDP community is mourning Major Ian P. Rutherford, who passed away on 21 October 2021 at the age of 57. A Royal Canadian Air Force navigator who flew CP-140 Auroras, Ian came to the Centre as a Visiting Defence Fellow in 2008. He was an active and engaged member of the Centre for five years, moving deftly among the military and civilian members of the CIDP community, and adding an understanding of history and politics to the more technical skills acquired over a long career with the Canadian Armed Forces. Ian was always a scholar at heart. He devoted considerable time and energy to his teaching, giving students at both Queen’s and the Royal Military College of Canada the benefit of his experience and understanding. While at the Centre, he was also a PhD candidate in War Studies at RMC, and had an active research program. Among his projects was an appreciation of NATO’s 2010 strategic concept. Published by International Journal in 2011, this article explored the paradoxical nature of the embrace by NATO of a world without nuclear weapons — the “global zero” initiative. Ian concluded that since it was unlikely that the nuclear genie could be put back in the bottle, the logical outcome of this conundrum was increased instability.

Ian was taken from us too soon. The CIDP community extends our deepest condolences to Pamela, his wife, and his children Gail and Kevin.

more details can be found in his obituary here

 

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