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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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. 

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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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Christopher S. Yoo

CIGI Senior Fellow

Christopher S. Yoo is a CIGI senior fellow and the John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer Information Science and the founding director of the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition at the University of Pennsylvania. He was previously a professor of law at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee and has held visiting academic appointments in Australia, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Switzerland. Before entering the academy, he clerked for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States.

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