Since January 1997, David Bercuson has been the Director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary and is also the Director of Programs of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, based in Calgary. He has published on a wide range of topics specializing in modern Canadian politics, Canadian defence and foreign policy and Canadian military history. In 1988, Bercuson was elected to the Royal Society of Canada and in May 1989, he was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at The University of Calgary. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2004. He was a member of the Minister of National Defence’s Monitoring Committee from 1997 to 2003. He has authored, co-authored, or edited more than 35 books on Canadian history, specializing on Canadian military history and Canadian defence and foreign policy. Currently he is a member of the Advisory Council on National Security and the Board of Governors of the Royal Military College of Canada. He holds an MA and PhD from the University of Toronto.