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Deane-Peter Baker


Dr. Deane-Peter Baker is a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of School (Postgraduate and Research) in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales, Canberra (Australian Defence Force Academy). From January 2010 to June 2012 he was Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Prior to that he taught in the School of Philosophy and Ethics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. He holds a B.A. (Hons) and two master’s degrees (philosophy and political science) from the University of Natal/KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), and was awarded his doctoral degree in philosophy by Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia). A specialist in the ethics of armed conflict, Dr. Baker’s research straddles philosophy, ethics and security studies. From 2006 – 2008 Dr. Baker was Chairman of the Ethics Society of South Africa. He has served as a consultant to both the Reserve Forces Division of the South African National Defence Force and the South African Army Future Vision Planning Office. In the winter of 2007-8 Dr. Baker was a visiting fellow at the Triangle Institute for Security Studies at Duke University, and was Visiting Research Fellow at the US Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute from January through March of 2009.

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