CIGI’s research theme on global politics and foreign policy is exploring several aspects of international security and negotiations. Researchers are assessing the regional and global environment in which the “soft” security instruments of mediation, conciliation, unofficial diplomacy, conflict prevention and post-conflict peacebuilding take place. 

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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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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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Paul Heinbecker

CIGI Distinguished Fellow

With a distinguished career in Canadian diplomacy — including posts as ambassador to Germany, permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) and adviser to various prime ministers, Paul Heinbecker is one of Canada’s most experienced commentators on foreign policy and international governance. With CIGI since 2004, Paul is also the director of the Centre for Global Relations at Wilfrid Laurier University.

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Turalay Kenç

CIGI Senior Fellow

Turalay Kenç is a senior fellow with CIGI’s Global Economy Program. His work at CIGI focuses on international monetary system economics and macroprudential regulatory policies, including supply and demand factors for debt instruments.

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Meredith Lilly

CIGI Senior Fellow

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

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Jacqueline Lopour

Senior Research Associate, Global Security & Politics

Jacqueline Lopour joined CIGI’s Global Security & Politics Program in 2015, where she researches issues relating to global refugee policy, US political developments, and international security challenges and conflicts in South Asia and the Middle East.


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James Milner

Senior Fellow

James Milner is a Senior Fellow in CIGI's Global Security Program where he focuses on refugees, peacebuilding, African politics and the United Nations system. James is helping lead CIGI's Global Leadership and Cooperation for Refugees project.

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John Odell

CIGI Senior Fellow

CIGI Senior Fellow John Odell is an expert in international negotiation and trade policy. Professor emeritus of international relations at the University of Southern California, he leads a CIGI Global Security & Politics project on Political Obstacles to International Agreements on Climate Change.



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