Brendon J. Cannon

  • Board Member of Rising Powers Quarterly


Dr. Brendon J. Cannon is an Assistant Professor of International Security, Department of Humanities & Social Science at Khalifa University of Science & Technology (Abu Dhabi, UAE). His academic background includes a Ph.D. in Political Science (University of Utah, USA) with an emphasis on Comparative Politics & International Relations and an M.A. in Middle East Studies & History (University of Utah, USA). Dr. Cannon was previously a director of a university research institute in Hargeisa, Somaliland, Somalia and lectured in political science at Kisii University in Nairobi, Kenya. His research interests include Turkish foreign policy, rising powers in Africa and their foreign policies, the political economy of energy, offensive and defensive cybersecurity, and the securitization of post-Ottoman identity politics. Dr. Cannon’s articles include Terrorists, Geopolitics and Kenya’s Proposed Border Wall with Somalia (2016); Deconstructing Turkey’s Efforts in Somalia (2016); and Why Al-Shabaab Attacks Kenya: Questioning the Narrative Paradigm (2017). His full-length book, Legislating Reality and Politicizing History: Contextualizing Armenian Claims of Genocide (Offenbach am Main: Manzara Verlag: 2016) is now available in English, with Turkish and German translations available shortly.