Kerry Lynn S. Nankivell

Area of Expertise - Maritime Security & Strategy & Decision-Making


Ms. Kerry Lynn S. Nankivell joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in July 2008. Prior to her arrival, she served at the pleasure of Canada’s Commander, Maritime Forces Pacific and Joint Task Force Pacific in Victoria, British Columbia. In her capacity as a Program Manager in the Office of the Asia-Pacific Policy Advisor, Ms. Nankivell coordinated policy consultation between a network of regional academics and experts and the officers of Canada’s Pacific Command. In addition, she provided ongoing analysis of the Asia-Pacific region to the senior naval staff. This included running research projects; coordinating visits, conferences and lectures; and preparing briefings on a wide array of regional security issues, including naval modernization, state-to-state relations, maritime boundary disputes, resource scarcity issues, stabilization activities and transitions to democracy, ethnic conflict, and crisis management.

Before joining the Department of National Defense in 2003, Ms. Nankivell earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in political science with international relations from the University of British Columbia (2000) and a Master of Philosophy in international relations from Cambridge University (2002). Her writing, discussing issues ranging from crisis on the Korean peninsula to small arms trade in Asia, from port security to international maritime policymaking, has appeared in industry journals and magazines, including Maritime Warfare Bulletin, Journal of the Australian Naval Institute, Canadian Naval Review, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Asia-Pacific Defence Reporter and Foreign Policy. She has contributed to two major publications, Why Japan Matters (2005) and Understanding Global Terror (with James Boutilier) (2007). She served as editor for the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, overseeing the release of issues in 2002 and 2003. Ms. Nankivell has participated in a variety of regional conferences as a panelist and chair, and acted as Conference Director for three iterations of the Canadian Navy’s biennial flagship conference series, Maritime Security Challenges. She has lectured before audiences at the Canadian Forces College, the University of Victoria, the Canadian Naval Reserve Headquarters, the Canadian Institute for International Affairs, and the Royal United Services Institute.

Ms. Nankivell has been an active member of the public. She served on the Board of the Canadian Consortium of Asia-Pacific Security, as a peer mentor for young women in her community through the YMCA, and volunteered at the local Victoria Immigrants and Refugees Centre in Canada. She is fluent in French, conversant in Spanish and has studied Mandarin Chinese.

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