David M. Last



Biographic note

David Last, PhD, is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada (BA), Carleton University (MA), the London School of Economics (PhD), and the US Army Command and General Staff College (MMAS). He served in the Canadian army for 30 years, and has taught political science and war studies at the Royal Military College of Canada since 1999, including three years as registrar.  He served in Germany during the Cold War and his peacekeeping assignments included commanding Blue Beret Camp in Cyprus, Force Commander’s staff in Croatia, and Civil Affairs in Bosnia, with field research on conflict management in the Balkans, West Africa and the Middle East. He has edited or co-edited six books and published more than 60 chapters and articles on peacekeeping, conflict, and higher education. Since 2009 his research has focused on conflict management, taking a global comparative perspective on security education. He is married to Dr. Desre Kramer of Toronto.

Dr Last held the Fulbright Research Chair in Peace and War Studies at Norwich University in 2016.

Dr Last teaches in the Institutional Policy Studies and Strategic Studies Streams of the Joint Command and Staff Program at the Canadian Forces College.


Associate Professor

Department of Political Science

Royal Military College of Canada

Kingston, Ontario



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My schedule, 2017-2018

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David Last, lastdav(at)gmail.com,  updated July 2018

Welcome to academic year 2018-2019

July-December 2018 I will at CFC on a half sabbatical working on professional military education, including papers at the International Sociological Association Research Committee 1 (RC-01) in Toronto, a Round Table on military education with international participants, work on pedagogy and incorporation of outside experts, and work on the tenth anniversary ISMS Conference at the War Studies University in Warsaw, Poland. We plan to conduct an international cadet simulation in spring 2019 as an experiment in experiential learning, the Arctic Simulation 2019.   I will teach Decision Analysis online Jan-April 2019, and the Security Studies (DSS) stream at Canadian Forces College, April to June. In June 2019 I will attend ERGOMAS in Lisbon, Portugal, co-chairing the Military and Police Relations Working with Marina Caparini of SIPRI and presenting on political economy for security leaders.

My research agenda continues to focus on comparative and international implications of professional military and security education. This includes the military education working group of ISMS, and the military and police relations working group of ERGOMAS, both of which have collaborative research in progress.

Service includes my work with three international organizations: ISMS, IAMA, and ERGOMAS. I am on two boards, and within the Department of Political Science I am responsible for prior learning assessment, hiring committee, and academic advice to third year students in political science.