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Waterloo, Ontario - Experts from the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) are available for comment on the findings of the Manley Commission, a report that will outline specific recommendations and advise parliament on Canada's mission in Afghanistan.

Paul Heinbecker, a Distinguished Fellow at CIGI and Canada's Former Ambassador to the UN, is Canada's leading foreign policy expert. Mr. Heinbecker provides expert commentary on Canadian Foreign Policy and Canada's military role in Afghanistan to national and international media outlets.

Mark Sedra is a Senior Fellow at CIGI, former Research Associate at the Bonn International Center for Conversion and Cadieux Léger Fellow in the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Sedra has consulted governments, intergovernmental organizations, and NGOs on issues pertaining to the security and political situation in Afghanistan, including the United Nations, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and the UK Department for International Development.

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