About Canadian Global Security

CGS History

Canadian Global Security is a research project with a mandate to serve as a focal point for debate, research and policy analysis related to emerging global security issues in regions of Canadian foreign policy concern. Canadian Global Security arose from two converging motivations: first, an interest in examining some of the pressing global security challenges that face Canada – or that we believe, will come to do so if left unaddressed – in the early 21st century; and second, to build an easily accessible, useful resource of scholarly materials and policy-oriented research about these issues, which can be drawn upon by interested readers looking to understand these issues more fully. The website began with two workshops supported by the Balsillie School of International Affairs, the Defence Engagement Program of Canada’s Department of National Defence, the Denver-based One Earth Future Foundation, and the Academic Council on the United Nations System. It will continue to grow, and be updated periodically thanks to the efforts of undergraduate and graduate student volunteers from Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo.

Staff

Alistair Edgar

Alistair Edgar

Project Co-Founder

Dr. Alistair D. Edgar is Executive Director of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), Faculty Associate at the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies, and Associate Professor of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University. Dr. Edgar is president of the New Delhi, India-based International Jurist Organization; sits on the Board of the Canadian Land Mine Foundation; and is a former National Board member of the United Nations Association in Canada.

Dr Edgar’s research focuses on transitional justice in war-to-peace transitions and post-conflict peace building. He has conducted fieldwork in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Kosovo, and northern Uganda.

Dr. Edgar holds a BA in History from Cambridge University, MA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia, and PhD in Political Science from Queen’s University. He was the John M. Olin Doctoral Fellow in Economics and National Security at Harvard University, and was awarded a certificate in Russian Studies at Lomonosov Moscow State University.

Andrew Koltun

Andrew Koltun

Project Co-Founder

Andrew Koltun has over six years of experience in project design and management, grant development, stakeholder relations and communications through his work with non-profits, including: Canadian International Council, Centre for Security Governance; Security Governance Group; Centre for International Governance Innovation; and the Academic Council on the United Nations System. He obtained field experience when stationed in Antakya, Turkey as the Project Development Officer for Syria Relief. Andrew holds a M.A. in Global Governance from Waterloo University and a B.A. Honours in History and Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Gwenith Cross

Gwenith Cross

Website Manager

Gwenith is the online editor for the Canadian Global Security (CGS) and Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) websites and the Program and Technical Support Administrator for ACUNS. Gwenith is a PhD Candidate in the History Department at Wilfrid Laurier University. Gwenith holds a MA in History from Dalhousie University (2009), a BA Honours in the History of Science and Technology from the University of King’s College (2007), and a BA from the University of Auckland (2005).

Naomi Pearson

Naomi Pearson

Research Assistant

Naomi Pearson is a research assistant on the Canadian Global Security (CGS) project and a graduate student of Religion, Culture and Global Justice at Wilfrid Laurier University. She holds an Honours BA in Global Studies with specializations in Research and Muslim Studies, also from Wilfrid Laurier University (2016.)  Naomi’s previous research was persued through Mitacs Globalink in partnership with Istanbul Sehir University, from where she conducted fieldwork in many large Turkish cities such as: Istanbul, Ankara and Konya.