On August 22, 2011, King’s alumnus and honorary degree recipient Glenn Davidson (BA ’73, DCL ’07) became Canada’s new ambassador to Afghanistan.
Davidson had previously held the position of ambassador to Syria since 2008. Prior to this posting, Davidson had spent 35 years in the navy and had retired with the position of Vice Admiral.
His previous international experience includes a post as Canadian Forces attaché in Tokyo and as representative to NATO’s military committee in Brussels.
In an interview with Postmedia News, director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs Fen Hampson said: “This kind of cross appointment from one conflict zone to another — which is somewhat unusual but not unprecedented — is obvious testimony to (Davidson’s) diplomatic skills.”