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Don't Panic!: ISIS, Terror, and Today's Middle East [Video]


Gwynne Dyer

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Gwynne Dyer is an acclaimed Canadian independent journalist, historian and author based in London, England. His most recent book, published in 2015, is titled, Don’t Panic: ISIS, Terror, and Today’s Middle East. A prolific writer and analyst of global politics, Dyer’s other recent books include Crawling from the Wreckage (2011), and Canada in the Great Power Game: 1914-2014 (2015). Dyer’s many other monographs include Ignorant Armies: Sliding into War in Iraq (2003), Future: Tense (2005), The Mess They Made: The Middle East After Iraq, (2007), all of which were number one or number two on the Globe & Mail’s non-fiction best-seller list in his native Canada. Dyer’s 2008 book, Climate Wars, was based on a CBC “Ideas” radio documentary series of the same name ( ), dealing with the frightening geopolitical implications of large-scale climate change. Dyer’s first major publication, War, from 1985, was republished in 2005, having become a classic in the field of the history of armed conflict. Dyer has worked as a freelance journalist, columnist, broadcaster and lecturer on international affairs for more than 30 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. Many of his opinion pieces can be found through the London Free Press Webpage: His first television series, the 7-part documentary, War, was aired in 45 countries in the mid-1980’s. One episode, “The Profession of Arms,” was nominated for an Academy Award. Other documentary works include the 1994 series, The Human Race, and Protection Force, a three-part series on peacekeepers in Bosnia, both of which won Gemini awards. His award-winning radio documentaries include The Gorbachev Revolution, a seven-part series based on Dyer’s experiences in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union in 1987-90, and Millenium, a six-hour series on emerging global culture.

Part of the Chautauqua Lecture Series: Order and Chaos (2016-2017)


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