Colonel Ian Hope, CAN A
MSC, MSM, CD, PhD
Colonel Ian Hope has 36 years of service in uniform, involving 18 years in leadership roles with airborne and mechanized infantry battalions. His operational experiences include the first Gulf War, multiple tours in the Balkans, Africa, and Afghanistan, and domestic operations.
He commanded the 1st Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group (Task Force Orion) in combat in Kandahar in 2006, earning the Meritorious Service Cross. In 2012 - 13 he commanded the Afghan National Army Collective Training (Fielding) Centre in Kabul, a combined NATO/ANA brigade dedicated forming and training ANA battalions, earning in the process the Meritorious Service Medal.
He has also served as Canadian Army Exchange Officer to the Parachute Regiment (UK), and on different assignments as the Canadian Forces Liaison Officer to United States European Command (2001-2), Central Command (2006-7), and Africa Command (2013-15), earning the US Joint and Army Commendation Medals.
He is a graduate of the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College, the UK All Arms Tactics Course, the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College, School of Advanced Military Studies, and Army War College.
He has served on the faculty of the U.S. Army War College and worked as associate professor at the Royal Military College of Canada. He has a Bachelor of History (Honours) from Acadia University, a Masters of Military Arts and Science, a Masters of Strategic Studies, and a PhD in History from Queen’s University.
He is the author of A Scientific Way of War (2015), Dancing with the Dushman (2008), Unity of Command in Afghanistan: A Forsaken Principle of War (2007), three monographs and a dozen articles and chapters on military history and strategic studies.
Colonel Hope is now serving on faculty at the NATO Defense College in Rome.