CIGI Senior Fellow to discuss future of security sector reform in Washington, D.C.

Media Advisory

February 3, 2011

Waterloo, Canada – February 3 – The Centre for International Governance Innovation’s Senior Fellow Mark Sedra will discuss findings from his recently published book, The Future of Security Sector Reform, at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies’ panel discussion: Moving the Security Sector Reform (SSR) Agenda Forward.

This event, part of CSIS’ Crisis, Conflict, and Cooperation (C3) program, comes at a vital moment in the SSR debate as civil-military relations are being tested in regions including the Middle East, as well as Northern and Eastern Africa.

The event will take place from 10-11 a.m. on Friday, February 4 at CSIS, Washington, D.C. Opening remarks will be made by C3 Deputy Director and Senior Fellow Robert D. Lamb, and CIGI Senior Fellow Mark Sedra, available for interview before and after the event, will be joined by Nicole Ball and Johanna Mendelson Forman.

Members of the media are encouraged to attend by registering with [email protected].


Centre for Strategic and International Studies’ C3 Program Panel Discussion – “Moving the Security Sector Reform (SSR) Agenda Forward”


Friday, February 4, 2011


10-11 a.m.


Fourth Floor Conference Room, Centre for Strategic and International Studies

1800 K. St. NW, Washington, D.C.   2006

Biography of CIGI Senior Fellow: Mark Sedra

Mark Sedra is a Senior Fellow at CIGI and also teaches in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo. His current research focuses on the topic of post-conflict state building with an emphasis on security issues. He has conducted research on a number of countries and regions, including Northern Ireland, Sudan, the Middle East, and the Balkans; however, the bulk of his research in recent years has centered on Afghanistan. Mark was formerly a Research Associate at the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), a German-based independent think tank specializing in peace and security issues, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. He also served as the 2004-2005 Cadieux Léger Fellow in the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Mr. Sedra has served as a consultant to numerous organizations and governments on international security issues, including the United Nations, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and the British Department for International Development.

Kevin Dias, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 238, Email: [email protected]

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