The Centre for Security Governance (CSG) is pleased to announce that Dr. Mark Sedra has been reappointed as Executive Director. Mark returned to the CSG, the organization he co-founded with Geoff Burt in 2012, after a 20-month absence. During that period he lead the Canadian International Council (CIC), one the Canada’s oldest think tanks, during a period of reform and renewal.
Mark has an esteemed background in research and academia and has extensive experience with national and international think tanks. Over the past decade his research has focussed on peace building and state building processes in fragile and conflict-affected states. He has conducted research on a number of 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. Mark has taught at the University of Toronto and University of Waterloo and is currently a Fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.
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. 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 2017.
This appointment comes at a pivotal time for the CSG, which is seeking to expand its focus from the niche area of peace-building and state-building issues in conflict-affected countries to tackle more comprehensive global security and governance challenges. Mark is looking forward to realigning and expanding the CSG’s publications and events programs in the coming year to reflect this changing mandate.
Mark holds an 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.