CIGI appoints Andrew S. Thompson as Senior Fellow

News Release

December 17, 2014

Waterloo, Canada — December 17, 2014 — The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew S. Thompson as Senior Fellow with the think tank’s Global Security & Politics Program, effective immediately.

Thompson is adjunct assistant professor of political science at the University of Waterloo, and the program officer for the global governance programs at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. He is also the co-host of Inside the Issues, CIGI’s weekly international affairs podcast.

“CIGI is pleased that Andrew Thompson will be joining our research team,” says David Dewitt, Vice President of Programs at CIGI. “His knowledge in international relations, particularly in the areas of international human rights, civil society movements and fragile states, will be of great benefit to the think tank’s work on global security and politics.”

Thompson is the author and co-editor of four books, Fixing Haiti: MINUSTAH and Beyond, In Defence of Principles: NGOs and Human Rights in Canada, Critical Mass: The Emergence of Global Civil Society, and Haiti: Hope for a Fragile State. He has appeared as an expert witness before the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, and the Canadian Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights. In 2004, Thompson was a member of an Amnesty International human rights lobbying and fact-finding mission to Haiti, and in 2011 he was elected to Amnesty International Canada's Executive Board. Also in 2011, he was named to the advisory editorial board of the Global Civil Society Report, the annual report of CIVICUS: The World Alliance for Citizen Participation. In 2013, Andrew was named to the boards of the International Migration Research Centre and the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.

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