Gwynne Dyer

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Gwynne Dyer
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Born (1943-04-17) April 17, 1943 (age 75)
St. John's, Newfoundland
Nationality Newfoundlander until 31 March 1949
Canadian after 31 March 1949
Occupation journalist

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


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. 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. In 2010, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.[1]


Dyer writes a column on international affairs which is published in over 175 papers in at least 45 countries.[2] 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. His 1985 book War and its namesake television series have been aired on BBC and PBS.




  • War (miniseries) (1983 8-part miniseries) The third part of the series named "the Profession of Arms" was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
  • The Defence of Canada (1986)
  • Harder Than It Looks (1987)
  • The Human Race (1994)

Radio series[edit]

  • Seven Faces of Communism (1978)
  • 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)

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