The Thunder Bay Branch of the Canadian International Council, Lakehead University’s Department of History, and Lakehead International are pleased to host Mark Sedra, President and CEO of the Canadian International Council, who will speak on "Real and Imagined Security Threats in an Uncertain World"
Speakers Bio: Dr. Mark Sedra holds a BA in History and Political Science from the University of Toronto, an MSc in the History of International Relations from the London School of Economic (LSE) and a PhD in Political Science from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London. He has been a faculty member at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, through the University of Waterloo, since the School opened in 2011
Mark's research has focused on peace building and state building processes in fragile and conflict-affected states. He has conducted research on several countries and regions, including Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, the Middle East and the Balkans. Mark has been a consultant to governments, intergovernmental organizations, and NGOs, including the United Nations, Global Affairs Canada and the UK Department for International Development. In 2012, Mark founded the Security Governance Group, a private research consulting firm, and the Centre for Security Governance, a non-profit think tank, both of which specialize in international peace and security issues.
Other past positions include: Senior Researcher and Program Leader at the Centre for International Governance Innovation; Cadieux-Léger Fellow at Global Affairs Canada; Visiting Research Fellow at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom; and Researcher and Project Manager at the Bonn International Centre for Conversion. He has published widely and is a regular commentator on security issues in the Canadian and international press. His most recent book, Security Sector Reform in Conflict-Affected Countries: The Evolution of a Model, was published by Routledge in the fall of 2016.