Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
Centre for International and Defence Policy
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Bernard J. Brister

Palomar Strategic Communications Inc.

Bernard Brister holds a PhD from the Royal Military College of Canada and applies over 30 years of military experience and operations to his research, publication, and teaching responsibilities. He has lectured and conducted primary source research across Canada and the United States as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Vietnam, China, and South Korea. Over the course of his research and lecturing he has established relationships with faculty at the Universities of Toronto, Alberta, and British Columbia, the National University and Nanyang Technical University in Singapore, Ho Chi Minh University in Vietnam, the China University of Petroleum, Renmin University, and the China Association for Military Science in China, and the International Council on Korean Studies, The Korea Institute for Maritime Strategy and the Sejong Institute in South Korea.

Brister consults regularly with policy and analytical staff within the Department of National Defence and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He also contributes analysis and perspective in the national media regarding contemporary events that fall within his areas of subject matter expertise. His publications include a book on contemporary Canada-United States security relations and a number of book chapters and scholarly articles on his other research interests.

He is currently with Palomar Strategic Communications Inc. providing education, guidance and mentorship on security and safety issues (domestic Canada, North America and East Asia); and military experience/expertise for skills development in situation analysis and and detailed planning at the operational and strategic levels.

  • B.Comm. University of Alberta 
  • M.A. Royal Military College of Canada
  • Ph.D. Royal Military College of Canada

Current Interests/Research:

  • Educator and author in the areas of Public Safety and Emergency Management. 
  • Regional organizations dealing with conflict in Africa
  • The UN and terrorism
  • UN experience in Congo, Somalia and Bosnia