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Gwynne Dyer, OC (born April 17, 1943) is a London-based independent Canadian journalist, syndicated columnist and military historian.

Gwynne Dyer
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Born (1943-04-17) April 17, 1943 (age 76)
NationalityNewfoundlander until 31 March 1949
Canadian after 31 March 1949



Dyer was born in St. John's, Newfoundland (present-day Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada) and joined the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve at the age of sixteen. While still in the naval reserve, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in history from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1963; a Master of Arts in military history from Rice University in Houston, Texas, in 1966; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Military and Middle Eastern history at King's College London in 1973.[1] Dyer served in the Canadian, American and British naval reserves. He was employed as a senior lecturer in war studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, 1973–77. In 1973 he began writing articles for leading London newspapers on the Arab–Israeli conflict, and soon decided to abandon academic life for a full-time career in journalism. Dyer was the O.D. Skelton Memorial lecturer on March 23, 1998, in St. John's, Newfoundland.[2] In the fall of 2002 Royal Roads University awarded Dyer an Honorary Degree.[3] In 2010, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.[4]


Dyer writes a column on international affairs which is published in over 175 papers in at least 45 countries.[5] Some papers that use Dyer's column regularly include:

In the United States, his column appears in the Cincinnati Post, Columbus Dispatch, Dayton Daily News, Hartford Courant, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Newsday, Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Raleigh News & Observer, The Sacramento Bee, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Salt Lake Tribune, San Diego Union-Tribune, Toledo Blade, Winston-Salem Journal and about twenty other papers. Older articles are available online at the columnist's official website.



  • War (1985) ISBN 0-517-55615-4 - Awarded the Columbia University School of Journalism award in 1986.[3]
  • The Defence of Canada: In the Arms of the Empire (1990) ISBN 0-7710-2975-6
  • Ignorant Armies: Sliding Into War in Iraq (2003) ISBN 0-7710-2977-2
  • Future: Tense : The Coming World Order (2004) ISBN 0-7710-2978-0
  • With Every Mistake (2005) ISBN 0-679-31402-4
  • War: The Lethal Custom (2005) ISBN 0-7867-1538-3
  • The Mess They Made: The Middle East After Iraq (2007) ISBN 0-7710-2980-2
  • After Iraq: Anarchy and Renewal in the Middle East. 2008 ISBN 9780312378455; German edition ISBN 3593387050
  • Climate Wars (2008) ISBN 978-0-307-35583-6
  • Crawling from the Wreckage (2010) ISBN 978-0-307-35891-2
  • Canada in the Great Power Game 1914-2014 (2014) ISBN 978-0-307-36168-4 eBook ISBN 978-0-307-36170-7
  • Don't Panic: Islamic State Terrorism and the Middle East (2015) ISBN 978-0-345-81586-6
  • Growing Pains: The Future of Democracy and Work (2018) ISBN 978-1-925-32263-7


  • War (miniseries) (1983 8-part miniseries) was adapted from his 1985 book War by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and was broadcast in 45 countries including by the BBC and PBS. The third part of the series titled The Profession of Arms was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The series won an ACTRA Award and the Public Jury’s Grand Prize at the International Film Festival in Nyon, Switzerland.[3] His collaborator was Tina Viljoen.[2]
  • Harder Than It Looks (1987)
  • The Human Race (1994) - Examines the roots, nature and future of human politics. [2]
  • Protection Force (1995) - A three-part series on peacekeepers in Bosnia.[3]

Radio seriesEdit

  • Seven Faces of Communism (1978) - A seven-part radio and TV series produced for the CBC and the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), 1978.[1]
  • Brazil (1979)
  • The Catholic Counter-Revolution (1980)
  • War (1981)
  • The Gorbachev Revolution (1988–90)
  • Millennium (1996)
  • Climate Wars on CBC Radio Ideas (2008)(3-part documentary)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Dyer, Gwynne 1943-". Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "Mr. Gwynne Dyer". Archived from the original on October 14, 2012. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d "Gwynne Dyer". Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  4. ^ "Governor General announces 74 new appointments to the Order of Canada". Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  5. ^ Gwynne Dyer's official website

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