David McDonough / @DS_McDonough

Research Manager and Senior Editor at the Conference of Defence Associations Institute
David McDonough is Research Manager and Senior Editor at the Conference of Defence Associations Institute, and a research fellow at Dalhousie University’s Centre for Foreign Policy Studies. He previously held positions at the Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies, Royal Canadian Military Institute, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the Centre for Security Governance. David is a recipient of the SSHRC Canadian Graduate Scholarship (2006–9), the SDF Dr Ronald Baker Doctoral Scholarship (2009–10), Killam Doctoral Scholarships (2008–11), and a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2012-2013). He received a PhD in Political Science from Dalhousie University in 2011. He has published widely on Canadian strategic policy and international security, including in International Journal, Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, RUSI Journal, Journal of Military and Strategic Studies, Canadian Naval Review, Third World Quarterly, Comparative Strategy, Asian Security, and Calgary Paper in Military and Strategic Studies, and is also editor of Canada’s National Security in the Post-9/11 World: Strategy, Interests, and Threats (University of Toronto Press, 2012).​

Most Recent Posts


China's Carrier Ambitions

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December 10, 2013
Canada greeted the addition of an aircraft carrier to China's navy with little more than a shrug. David S. McDonough explains why the ship's strategic implications deserve greater attention.

Reacting to China’s ADIZ

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December 2, 2013
David S. McDonough offers an alternative take on the United States' reaction to China's "air defence identification zone" over the East China sea.