The Canadian International Council (CIC) is pleased to announce that Dr. Mark Sedra has been named President and Research Director. Mark will join the CIC as of March 1, 2017 and will be responsible for leading the national organization and guiding its research endeavours.
“The CIC has a proud history of engaging Canadians in international affairs through its extensive national network of branches, research initiatives, conferences, publications and, more recently, internet-based information. That engagement is more important than ever in today’s highly complex and volatile international environment, one that influences Canada and the well-being of Canadians in ever increasing ways.
We look forward to Mark’s leadership in strengthening the traditional role of this preeminent national organization and in shaping his assets such that it will meet future needs for a constructive Canadian understanding of, and voice in, international affairs.”
~ William C. Graham, Chair, CIC
Mark comes to us with an esteemed background in research and academia and has extensive experience with national and international think tanks. Over the past decade his research has focussed on peace building and state building processes in fragile and conflict-affected states. He has conducted research on a number of countries and regions, including Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, the Middle East and the Balkans. Mark has been a consultant to governments, intergovernmental organizations, and NGOs, including the United Nations, Global Affairs Canada and the UK Department for International Development. In 2012, Mark founded the Security Governance Group, a private research consulting firm, and the Centre for Security Governance, a non-profit think tank, both of which specialize in international peace and security issues. He is also currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo and Balsillie School of International Affairs.
Mark has held a variety of positions in the international affairs field both in Canada and globally, including: Senior Researcher and Program Leader at the Centre for International Governance Innovation; Cadieux-Léger Fellow at Global Affairs Canada; Visiting Research Fellow at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom; and Researcher and Project Manager at the Bonn International Centre for Conversion. He has published widely and is a regular commentator on security issues in the Canadian and international press. His most recent book, Security Sector Reform in Conflict-Affected Countries: The Evolution of a Model, was published by Routledge in the fall of 2016.
“The CIC has a rich and distinguished history as a focal point for debate and discussion on Canada’s role in the world. With the international community gripped in a period of turbulence, and the government in Ottawa eager to reassert its clout and influence on the world stage, the organization has never been more important. I am excited and deeply honoured to lead the CIC during this crucial next chapter in its history, with the aim of re-affirming its reputation as a world-class think tank.”
This appointment comes at a pivotal time for the CIC as we embark on expanding our research interests, growing our branches across the country and engaging Canadians in global issues. We look forward to working with our members and partners, both national and international, to promote Canada’s role in international affairs with Mark at the helm.
Mark holds a BA in History and Political Science from the University of Toronto, an MSc in the History of International Relations from the London School of Economic (LSE) and a PhD in Political Science from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.
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