Sunil V. Ram

Originally from the UK, Prof. Ram now resides in Toronto, Canada. Currently, he is working for private interests involving international strategic analysis and defense and security matters. He also teaches Political Science and Military History to the US Armed Forces at American Military University, in West Virginia. He is also the Contributing Editor of SITREP, the private defense journal of the Royal Canadian Military Institute. He has served in the Canadian Forces (CF) as both a soldier and officer between 1980-86 and 1997-99. He is a specialist in communications and electronics with an extensive background in various aspects of Information Technology and intelligence analysis. He is one of Canada's acknowledged experts in the fields of peacekeeping, military affairs, and the Middle East. He has over a decade of experience as a military advisor with the Saudi Royal Family, including involvement in the 1991 Gulf War and the Yemeni conflict in the 1990s. Prof. Ram has won a number of awards over the years, the most important being the UN Global Citizen Award presented to him in 1995 by the UN, the UNAC and the Canadian Committee for the 50th Anniversary of the UN for the furthering of world peace through public awareness of peacekeeping. He was made a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Regina in 2003, for his humanitarian and public service in the field of peace activities. He has been and is an active member of a number of Canadian think tanks and organizations including The Canadian Institute of International Affairs, The Royal Canadian Military Institute (he sits on the Defense Studies Committee), The Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies, The Institute for UN and International Affairs, The Council of Canadians for Security in the 21st Century and The Canadian Alliance for Visible Minorities. Prof. Ram has also published and presented numerous articles and books over the years and has had occasional columns on military affairs for Canada's national newspaper, the Globe and Mail. In 2006 he developed four Peace Operations Training Institute (then UNITAR POCI) peacekeeping training courses. Some of his most recent work includes: "Pervez Musharraf: Are We facing Reality?" Frontline Defense, Mar/Apr 2007; "The Burning Heart of Africa-Congo and the Central African Wars," SITREP The Royal Canadian Military Institute Nov/Dec 2006; w/ Tim A. Mau "The Nature of the Civil-Military Relationship in Canada and its Impact on the Leadership Role of the Officer Corps" Leadership Review -Special Edition, Centre for Studies in Leadership, Fall 2006; "Reality and the War on Terror," SITREP, Royal Canadian Military Institute, Jul/Aug 2005; "Canada the peacekeeper? A myth that should die," The Globe and Mail, Electronic Edition, Aug 15, 2004; "Some Strategic Considerations of NATO Expansion-Part 1: NATO on the Oder," and "Part 2: Russia on the Oder," Transatlantic Quarterly (The Magazine of the Atlantic Council of Canada) 2004; "A Question of Truth: Accounting for American Casualties in Iraq," Canadian Institute for Strategic Studies (CISS) 'Bulletin', 2003 "The Enemy of My Enemy: The odd link between Ansar al-Islam, Iraq and Iran," Canadian Institute for Strategic Studies (CISS), 2003; "A Blueprint for the Canadian Forces' Role in Peacekeeping Operations in the Twenty-First Century, in David Rudd et al (Eds), Vision Into Reality: Towards a New Canadian Defence and Security Concept, The Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies, 2002; and "Return to Babylon: When America will attack Iraq," SITREP, Royal Canadian Military Institute, 2002. Prof. Ram has also dedicated his time to a number of private non-NGO supported community based development projects in Africa. These include work in the DRC and Somalia. Due to his acknowledged expertise, over the past decade, Prof. Ram has appeared over 300 times in local, national, and international radio and television interviews and news reports relating to the Canadian Forces, military affairs, international conflicts, peacekeeping, terrorism, WMD, international business and international relations. Many of his public writings and comments can be found on the World Wide Web.