Associate Vice-President Research (Social Sciences & Humanities) and Professor of Political Science, York University, Canada
Areas of Interest: Canadian foreign, security, and defence policy, international and regional security and conflict management in Asia Pacific and the Middle East, arms control and proliferation, and human security.
From 1988 until July 2006, David served as Director of the University’s Centre for International and Security Studies. He is author or contributing editor of eleven books, as well as author of over fifty articles and chapters, in addition to numerous commissioned papers on Canadian . In the early 1990s he co-directed the North Pacific Cooperative Security Dialogue, a Foreign Affairs sponsored Track Two Diplomacy initiative. He continues to be involved in various track two initiatives on security in the Asia Pacific and in the Middle East. Dewitt has been a visiting scholar at Tel-Aviv University and an international research fellow of the Korean Institute for Defense Analysis. He has served as founding chair of the Canadian Consortium for Asia Pacific Security (CANCAPS) and co-chair of the Canadian Member Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in Asia Pacific. He also was co-director of the Canadian Consortium for Human Security (CCHS), National Chair of the Canadian Professors for Peace in the Middle East, and currently serves as chair of the Program for International Studies in Asia with executive offices at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. He has supervised more than 50 MA students and 15 PhD students, and has served on the supervisory committees of an additional 23 MAs, ten PhDs, and two LLMs. Dewitt often provides backgrounders and commentary to broadcast and written media.