Mark Sedra, PhD

Mark Sedra is the President and co-founder of the Security Governance Group (SGG), a private consulting firm specializing on international security issues. Over the past two decades, Mark’s research has predominantly 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. In recent years, Mark has broadened his research to examine an array of thematic security issues and their impacts on international order and societal resilience, most notably terrorism, transnational organized crime, and irregular migration. 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.

Mark has delivered lectures, presentations, and academic papers at conferences, workshops and other events in over 20 countries and provided discreet advice to governments and international agencies. For instance, he has testified in front of two Canadian Parliamentary Standing Committees: Foreign Affairs and International Development, and National Defence.

Mark is the Chair of the Board of the Centre for Security Governance (CSG), a non-profit think tank that he co-founded in 2012. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo and Balsillie School of International Affairs and has lectured in the International Relations Program at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. He is the co-editor of the Routledge Book Series, titled Studies in Conflict, Security and Development, and is on the editorial board of the Taylor & Francis Journal, Peacebuilding. He previously served as the Editor-in-Chief of Stability: International Journal of Security and Development, a leading open-access international relations journal.

Mark has authored or co-authored three books, edited or co-edited four volumes and produced fourteen book chapters, twelve peer-reviewed journal articles and 45 essays and technical papers. He is a regular commentator on security issues in the Canadian and international press providing almost 400 interviews to TV, radio, and print outlets over the past fifteen years, and producing numerous op-eds in outlets including The Globe & Mail and Toronto Star. His most recent book, Security Sector Reform in Conflict-Affected Countries: The Evolution of a Model, was published by Routledge in 2017.

Mark has held a variety of positions in the international affairs field both in Canada and globally, including: President and Research Director of the Canadian International Council (CIC); 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 received a PhD in Political Science from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, an M.Sc in the History of International Relations from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a Honours B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Toronto.