Colonel Ryan Jurkowski is a PhD War Studies candidate at the Royal Military College. Ryan has 30 years of service with the Canadian Armed Forces as an infantry officer with operational experience throughout sub-Saharan Africa and Europe. Ryan has military deployments to Bosnia, twice to Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Iraq. He has held numerous staff positions in the Canadian Armed Forces to include being on the Joint Staff, the Director of Programmes at the Canadian Forces College, the Chief of Staff at the Canadian Defence Academy, and as the Canadian Armed Forces Visiting Defence Fellow to the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen’s University.
Ryan has a Masters of Defence Studies from the Royal Military College and has been awarded a Mention-in-Dispatches, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Commander-in-Chief Unit Citation as well as the United States’ Legion of Merit and Joint Service Commendation Medal.
Current Research / Interest
- Strategic Communications
- Civilian-Military Relations
- Contemporary Joint Warfare
- Canadian Peacekeeping Missions in the Balkans