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CIC Research Program Launch

October 24, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT


Join the Canadian International Council and its cohort of 2017-2018 Fellows for two panel discussions and lunch, as they launch two new research streams in the CIC’s revitalized research program:


Draft Agenda

Panel 1 (11:00am – 12:30pm): Real & Imagined Security Threats in an Uncertain World
Moderator: Mark Sedra
Panelists: Amarnath Amarasingam, Kari Roberts, Benoît Gomis, Valerie Percival

Lunch (12:30pm – 1:30pm)
Lunch will be provided by the CIC to all event attendees.

Panel 2 (1:30pm – 3:00pm) : Global Populism, Protectionism and Polarisation
Moderator: Mark Sedra
Panelists: Jon Allen and Maria Banda

While attendance is free, seats are limited so please reserve online via EventBrite by clicking HERE.

Event Contact
Jennifer Chylinski | jchylinski@thecic.org | (416)946-7209

Campbell Conference Centre
Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place
Toronto, ON


Speaker Bios

Jon Allen is a Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs. He joined the then Department of External Affairs in 1981. From 2006 to 2010, he was Ambassador of Canada to Israel. From 2012 to 2016 he was Canada’s Ambassador to Spain and Andorra and was Chargé d’affaires a.i. to the Holy See from December 2012 to July 2014. View full bio >>

Maria Banda is an international lawyer and IR expert. She writes and consults on international and environmental law, climate change, global governance, and Canada-U.S. relations. Previously she practiced law in Washington, D.C., focusing on public international law, international arbitration, and international litigation, and worked with several international organizations. View full bio >>

Amarnath Amarasingam is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a Fellow at The George Washington University’s Program on Extremism, and Co-Directs a study of Western foreign fighters based at the University of Waterloo. He is the author of Pain, Pride, and Politics: Sri Lankan Tamil Activism in Canada (2015). His research interests are in radicalization, terrorism, diaspora politics, post-war reconstruction, and the sociology of religion.  View full bio >>

Benoît Gomis is a researcher on organized crime and terrorism. He is a Research Associate at Simon Fraser University (SFU) where he focuses on the illicit tobacco trade in Latin America and the Caribbean, and an Adjunct Instructor at American University (AU) where he teaches an MA course on Researching Terrorism.  View full bio >>

Valerie Percival is currently an Assistant Professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. Prior to joining NPSIA, she held senior positions at the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade as well as the International Crisis Group, where she was director of their Kosovo Office for almost three years. She also worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Guinea as well as the Peace Research Institute Oslo. View full bio >>

Kari Roberts is Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University in Calgary. Dr. Roberts’ research primarily concerns Russia-US relations, notably the domestic influences on Russian foreign policy toward the United States; she has also written about Russian interests in the Arctic.  View full bio >>

Mark Sedra is the President & Research Director of the Canadian International Council. Over the past decade, Mark’s research has focused on peace building and state building processes in fragile and conflict-affected states. He has conducted research on several countries and regions, including Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, the Middle East and the Balkans.  View full bio >>


October 24, 2017
11:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT
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Campbell Conference Centre, Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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(416) 946 - 7209
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