Mark Sedra

Mark Sedra, PhD


Mark Sedra is the President and co-founder of the Security Governance Group (SGG), a private consulting firm specializing in the security and governance dimensions of war-to-peace transitions, and the Executive Director and co-founder of the Centre for Security Governance (CSG), a non-profit think tank focused on peace building and state-building processes in fragile, failed and conflict-affected states.  He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo and Balsillie School of International Affairs. His current research focuses on the topic of post-conflict state-building with an emphasison security issues. He has conducted research on a number of countries and regions, including Northern Ireland, the Middle East, and the Balkans; however,the bulk of his research in recent years has centered on Afghanistan.


Mark was formerly (2008-2012) a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), an independent think tank that addresses international governance challenges, and led the Centre’s Global and Human Security Program. He has been a Research Associate at the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), a German-based independent think tank specializing in peace and security issues, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. He also served as the 2004-2005 Cadieux Léger Fellow in the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT).


Mark has been a consultant to governments,intergovernmental organizations, and NGOs on issues pertaining to the security and political situation in Afghanistan, including the United Nations, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Notably, in late 2003 he served as the manager of the security chapter of the Afghan Government report titled, Securing Afghanistan’s Future: Accomplishments and the Strategic Pathway Forward, which was prepared for theBerlin international donors conference held on March 31- April 1, 2004. Mark is widely published in the field, having co-authored two books, co-edited three volumes and produced ten book chapters, twelve peer-reviewed journal articles and over 50 essays and technical papers.  He is a regular media commentator on international security issues in Canada and globally.


Mark holds a BA in History and Political Science from Victoria University in 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.


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