Archived: SAMRU Presents: The New World Disorder – a lecture by Gwynne Dyer

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Curious to know how the Ukraine, the rise of an ‘Islamic Caliphate’ and Ebola are related? Make sure to check out author and journalist Gwynne Dyer in Wyckham House on Wednesday, March 11th. Dyer will speak at noon on “The New World Disorder”, discussing global conflicts and Canada’s role in them.

Dyer explains “Canadian forces have just been committed to combat for the third time in ten years: Afghanistan in 2006, Libya in 2011, and now Iraq. We’re only making air attacks this time, but it adds to the sense that the world is drifting out of control. The partition of Ukraine, the rise of a terrorist ‘Islamic Caliphate’, and the wildfire spread of Ebola fever; in their different ways each seems to mark a break with a past where things like that were simply not allowed to happen. Has the dam really burst? Is the reasonably stable world of the past few decades going to be overwhelmed by violence and chaos? The level of fear of the future is definitely rising, and this lecture tackles it head-on. (Hint: it’s probably not as bad as it seems.)”

According to Dyer’s website, he “has worked as a freelance journalist, columnist, broadcaster and lecturer on international affairs for more than 20 years, but he was originally trained as an historian. Born in Newfoundland, he received degrees from Canadian, American and British universities, finishing with a Ph.D. in Military and Middle Eastern History from the University of London. He served in three navies and held academic appointments at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Oxford University before launching his twice-weekly column on international affairs, which is published by over 175 papers in some 45 countries”. (See

Date: Wednesday, March 11
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Place: Main Stage, Wyckham House
Students, staff, faculty, and the public are all welcome to attend this lecture. Admission is free.

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