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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

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Simon Palamar

Research Fellow, Global Security & Politics

Simon Palamar joined CIGI’s Global Security & Politics Program in 2012. He holds a Ph.D from Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, an M.A. in global governance from the University of Waterloo, and a B.A. in history and peace and conflict studies.

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Latha Reddy

Senior Fellow

Latha Reddy is a distinguished fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation where she focuses on cyber security, internet governance, national security, and international cyber cooperation. She also sits as a Commissioner on the Global Commission for Internet Governance (GCIG).  

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David Runnalls

CIGI Distinguished Fellow

David Runnalls is a distinguished fellow and was formerly acting director of the Environment and Energy Program at CIGI. He also provided strategic advice and support for CIGI Chair Jim Balsillie’s role at the United Nations High-level Panel on Global Sustainability. He remains a distinguished fellow at the International Institute for Sustainable Development and a senior fellow at Sustainable Prosperity. David is chair of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development.

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Margaret Skok

CIGI Senior Fellow

Margaret Skok is a CIGI senior fellow, effective April 2015. She has held several positions within the department and agencies of the Canadian government, including with the foreign service. At CIGI, Margaret is focusing on Central Asia, exploring the major security challenges, as well as the governance and institutional architecture of the region.

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Gordon Smith

CIGI Distinguished Fellow

A former Canadian deputy foreign minister, NATO ambassador and G7/G8 Sherpa, Gordon Smith is a leading expert on the evolution of the G20 and global summitry. Since joining CIGI in 2010 as a distinguished fellow, Gordon has been a key contributor to CIGI’s G20 research activities, events and publications. His current work focuses on the convergence of technology and global affairs.

Jennifer Spence

Jennifer Spence

CIGI Fellow

Jennifer Spence is a fellow with the Global Security and Politics program, joining CIGI in 2017. An expert in Arctic and international governance and public policy, Jennifer will focus on the Arctic program at CIGI with a particular focus on infrastructure, transportation, local and regional development, and strengthened domestic and regional governance.

Allan Thompson

Allan Thompson

CIGI Senior Fellow

Allan Thompson is a senior fellow at CIGI, where he is leading the book project Media and Mass Atrocity: The Rwanda Genocide and Beyond. Allan joined the faculty of Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication in 2003, after 17 years as a reporter with The Toronto Star. He is a graduate of Carleton’s bachelor of journalism program (1986) and has a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury (1987).

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Andrew S. Thompson

CIGI Senior Fellow

Andrew S. Thompson is a CIGI senior fellow, effective November 2014.  A specialist in the fields of international human rights, civil society movements and fragile states, Andrew 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. 

Paul Twomey

Paul Twomey

Distinguished Fellow

Paul Twomey is a distinguished fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation where he focuses on Internet governance, e-commerce  and cyber security. Paul sits as a Commissioner on the Global Commission for Internet Governance (GCIG).

 

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David A. Welch

CIGI Senior Fellow

David A. Welch is a CIGI senior fellow and professor of political science at the University of Waterloo. An award-winning author and scholar, David is an expert in foreign policy decision making and international security, with an emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region. 

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