CIGI’s research theme on Asia and the Pacific focuses on specific parts of a geographically vast and culturally diverse continent. Asia-Pacific researchers examine how to increase security cooperation and reduce tensions in one of the most densely populated regions of the world. Researchers also aim to make major contributions to the processes of security governance in the Asia-Pacific by designing and demonstrating the utility of empathy building measures through confidence and trust.  Central Asia researchers explore regional governance and major security challenges in this part of the continent, such as anti-terrorism, border management and more.

A Threat to Stability? Islamic Extremism and Fundamentalism in Indonesia

  • Jacques Bertrand
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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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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.

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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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David A. Welch

CIGI Senior Fellow and Chair of Global Security

David A. Welch is a CIGI senior fellow, chair of global security at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, 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. He also hosts CIGI's podcast series Inside the Issues.

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