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CIGI’s Global Security & Politics program focuses on a range of issues in global security, conflict management, diplomacy and governance — including Arctic governance, regional security and Internet governance. The global security environment continues to change dramatically. We now live in a world in which security is clearly divisible and perceptions about security challenges differ not only among the great powers, but also from one global region to another.

Such changes are evident in ongoing debates in the Western Alliance about defining threats in different regions of the globe; in the divergent ways Canada, Russia, and the United States perceive Arctic security as melting ice opens up the Northwest Passage; in continuing debates about the humanitarian imperative as the world struggles with the greatest refugee crisis since the Second World War, the place of sovereignty, and status of Western norms that appear to legitimize interventionism; and in new areas of concern such as cyber warfare, the security of the Internet, Internet piracy, and Internet governance. 

Director: Fen Osler Hampson

Program Manager: Brenda Woods 

Media contact: Sean Zohar

Publications

Experts

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Pamela Aall

CIGI Senior Fellow

Pamela Aall is a senior fellow with CIGI’s Global Security & Politics Program, leading a project that examines Africa’s regional conflict management capacity and gaps. She is also a senior adviser for conflict prevention and management at the United States Institute of Peace.

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Carl Bildt

CIGI Distinguished Fellow

Carl Bildt is a CIGI distinguished fellow, effective December 2014. A renowned diplomat, he served as prime minister of Sweden from 1991 to 1994, and foreign minister from 2006 to 2014. Carl currently serves as Chair of the Global Commission on Internet Governance, a joint initiative between CIGI and Chatham House.

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Darrell Bricker

CIGI Senior Fellow

Darrell Bricker joined CIGI’s Global Security & Politics Program in January 2016. He specializes in polling, quantitative research methods and public opinion research.

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Chester A. Crocker

CIGI Distinguished Fellow

Chester A. Crocker is a distinguished fellow with CIGI’s Global Security & Politics Program, leading a project that examines Africa’s regional conflict management capacity and gaps. He is also the James R. Schlesinger professor of strategic studies at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.

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Laura DeNardis

CIGI Senior Fellow

A scholar of Internet architecture and governance, Laura DeNardis joined CIGI as a senior fellow in 2013. A professor at American University and affiliated fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project, her research focuses on global Internet governance.

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Eileen Donahoe

CIGI Distinguished Fellow

Eileen Donahoe is a distinguished fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation where she focuses on Internet governance, global digital policy, international human rights and cybersecurity. Previously, she served as the first US Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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Leonard J. Edwards

CIGI Distinguished Fellow

Len Edwards joins CIGI in May 2013 as distinguished fellow, where he co-chairs and leads the Global Security & Politics research project on enhancing security cooperation between Australia and Canada in the Asia-Pacific. Previously, he held senior roles in Canada’s public service, including G8/G20 Sherpa, Ambassador to Japan and Korea, and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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Bill Graham

CIGI Senior Fellow

Bill Graham is a CIGI senior fellow, effective October 2013, and is contributing to the Global Security & Politics Program’s research on Internet governance. He previously held senior positions with the Internet Society and the Governance of Canada, and in the private sector. In 2011, Bill was appointed to the ICANN Board of Directors by the Generic Names Supporting Organization.

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Fen Osler Hampson

CIGI Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Global Security & Politics Program

Fen Hampson is a distinguished fellow and director of the Global Security & Politics program, overseeing the research direction of the program and related activities. Previously, he served as director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and will continue to serve as chancellor’s professor at Carleton University. He is the recipient of various awards and honours and is a frequent contributor to the national and international media.

Opinions

Opinion

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