Brendon J. Cannon

Brendon J. Cannon

Assistant Professor of International and Civil Security, Department of Humanities and Social Science

Address: P.O. Box: 127788, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Telephone: +971 (0)2 401 8225

Fax: +971-(0)2-4018325



Dr. Cannon joined Khalifa University as Assistant Professor in International Security in 2016.  He possesses extensive expertise in multiple regions, having lived and worked in the Middle East, Central Asia, Europe, North America and Africa. He is a former Fulbright scholar and is the author of numerous articles published in internationally-respected and accredited journals. Dr Cannon’s academic specializations are in the changing balance of power in the wider Middle East region – particularly the Horn of Africa; energy politics, policy and security (GCC and Northeast Asia); and international security.  

  • PhD in Political Science, University of Utah, USA  
  • MA in Middle East Studies and History, University of Utah, USA
  • BA in European Studies and International Relations, Brigham Young University, USA
  • Regional Security Challenges and Policy Options
  • International Security Studies
  • Cybersecurity: Policy, Practice and Implications for Statecraft
  • Terrorism and Counterterrorism
  • Social Science Research Methods
  • Contemporary security issues in the Middle East and Horn of Africa
  • International Security and Foreign Policy
  • Regional politico-economic alliances and groups
  • Energy security
  • Counterterrorism theory and practice

Recent Publications

  • Cannon, Brendon J. and Fujibayashi, Hirotaka. (2018). Security, Structural Factors and Sovereignty: Analyzing Reactions to Kenya’s Closure of the Dadaab Refugee Camp Complex. African Security Review; 1-22.
  • Cannon, Brendon J. and Ali, Jacob Haji. (2018). Devolution in Kenya Four Years On: A Review of Implementation and Effects in Mandera County. African Conflict & Peacebuilding Review 8(1); 1-28. DOI: 10.2979/africonfpeacrevi.8.1.01
  • Cannon, Brendon J. and Rossiter, Ash. (2017). Ethiopia, Berbera Port and the Shifting Balance of Power in the Horn of Africa. Rising Powers Quarterly 2(4); 7-29.
  • Cannon, Brendon J. and Pkalya, Dominic R. (2017). Why al-Shabaab Attacks Kenya: Questioning the Narrative Paradigm. Terrorism and Political Violence. DOI:
  • Cannon, Brendon J. (2017). Turkey in Africa: Lessons in Political Economy. Florya Chronicles of Political Economy 3(1), pp. 93-110. ISSN 2149-5750
  • Cannon, Brendon J.; Maragia, Bosire; & Pkalya, Dominic R. (2017). The International Criminal Court and Africa: Contextualizing the Anti-ICC Narrative. African Journal of International Criminal Justice 2(1-2); 6-28. DOI: 10.5553/AJ/2352068X2016002001001
  • Cannon, Brendon J. (2016). Legislating Reality and Politicizing History: Contextualizing Armenian Claims of Genocide. Offenbach am Main: Manzara Verlag ISNB 978-3-939795-67-4 (2nd edition in German available mid-2018)
  • Cannon, Brendon J. (2016). Deconstructing Turkey’s Efforts in Somalia. Bildhaan: An International Journal of Somali Studies 16(14), 98-123
  • Cannon, Brendon J. (2016). Terrorists, Geopolitics and Kenya’s Proposed Border Wall with Somalia. Journal of Terrorism Research. 7(2), pp. 23–37. DOI: