The global security landscape continues to evolve, expanding from regional conflict management and prevention to new spaces, including environmental and cyber security. Strong leadership on governance is vital in Africa, Central Asia and Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and the Arctic, but has become equally important online as some governments employ cyber warfare. Peace building and addressing the global refugee crisis are priorities. Human rights and humanitarian law are at the core of the international governance framework for peace and security.

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Meredith Lilly

Meredith Lilly

CIGI Senior Fellow

Meredith Lilly is a CIGI senior fellow, effective February 2017. At CIGI, Meredith’s research is focused on trade policy, Canada-US relations and international security issues.

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James Milner

Senior Fellow

James Milner is a CIGI senior fellow who focuses on refugees, peacebuilding, African politics and the United Nations system.

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Bessma Momani

CIGI Senior Fellow

Bessma Momani is a senior fellow, joining CIGI in 2004. She has a Ph.D. in political science with a focus on international political economy, and is professor at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the University of Waterloo. She is a 2015 fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Doha Center and a Fulbright Scholar. 

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David Mussington

CIGI Senior Fellow

David Mussington is a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), and professor of the practice and director, Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise, University of Maryland, College Park. In 2010, David was senior adviser for cyber policy in the US Department of Defense, later serving on the Obama administration’s National Security Council staff as director for surface transportation security policy. In addition to his work at the University of Maryland, David is an adjunct member of the research staff at the Institute for Defense Analyses, directing studies for the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. He holds a B.A. in economics and political science and an M.A. in political science, both from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in political science from Carleton University, as well as the Certified Information Systems Security Professional designation.

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Simon Palamar

Research Fellow, Global Security & Politics

Simon Palamar joined CIGI 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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Aaron Shull

Managing Director and General Counsel

A practising lawyer, Aaron Shull is CIGI’s managing director and general counsel. In addition to advising on a range of domestic legal and corporate matters, he has substantive expertise in international law, global security and internet governance.

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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 CIGI fellow since 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.

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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. 

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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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