Brendon J. Cannon

Brendon J. Cannon

Dr. Brendon J. Cannon’s academic background includes a Ph.D. in Political Science (University of Utah, USA) with an emphasis on Comparative Politics & International Relations and an M.A. in Middle East Studies & History (University of Utah, USA). Dr. Cannon was previously a director of a university research institute in Hargeisa, Somaliland, Somalia and lectured in political science at Kisii University in Nairobi, Kenya. His research interests include the foreign policies of rising powers, the international relations and political economy of eastern Africa and the Indo-Pacific Strategy of Japan, India and other states. His research is often supported by novel methods and methodologies (co-occurrence networks, CDMPs, text mining) and his co-authors and fellow researchers include engineers as well as scientists. This reflects Dr. Cannons’ commitment to inter-disciplinary research involving science, technology and the arts in IR.

  • Ph.D. University of Utah, 2009
  • MA University of Utah, 2002
  • BA Brigham Young University, 1995
  • Regional Security and Policy Options
  • International Relations of the greater Middle East
  • Counterterrorism Strategies and Policies
  • Cybersecurity and Policy
  • Advanced Social Science Research Methods
  • Geopolitics of the Western Indian Ocean Region
  • International Political Economy of Ports and Airports
  • The Indo-Pacific Strategy of India, Japan, the US and Australia in relation to China’s BRI
  • Balance of Power in the Horn of Africa
  • Political Economy of Hydrocarbons and related infrastructure
  • Water, Food and Climate Security

Journal Articles:

  • Cannon, Brendon J. (2018). Grand Strategies in Contested Zones: Japan’s Indo-Pacific, China’s BRI and Eastern Africa. Rising Powers Quarterly, 3(2); 195-221.
  • 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 Rossiter, Ash. (2018). The “Indo-Pacific”: Regional Dynamics in the 21st Century’s New Geopolitical Center of Gravity. Rising Powers Quarterly, 3(2); 7-17.
  • 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 Pkalya, Dominic R. (2017, March 9). Why al-Shabaab Attacks Kenya: Questioning the Narrative Paradigm. Terrorism and Political Violence. DOI:
  • 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.; 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). Deconstructing Turkey’s Efforts in Somalia. Bildhaan: An International Journal of Somali Studies16(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:

Books and Journal Special Editions:

  • Cannon, Brendon J. and Rossiter, Ash. (2018). The “Indo-Pacific”: Regional Dynamics in the 21st Century’s New Geopolitical Center of Gravity. Rising Powers Quarterly, 3(2).
  • Cannon, Brendon J. (2016). Legislating Reality and Politicizing History. Offenbach am Main: ManzaraVerlag ISNB 978-3-939795-67-4