The co-founder of the Centre for Security Governance, Mark is currently the President and Research Director of the Canadian International Council (CIC) an independent, member-based council established to strengthen Canada’s role in global affairs.
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 established the Security Governance Group, a private research consulting firm, which specializes in international security issues.
Mark has held a variety of positions in the international affairs field both in Canada and globally, including: 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.
Mark is also currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo and Balsillie School of International Affairs.
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. He has a PhD in Political Science from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.