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Stephen Saideman

Paterson Chair in International Affairs

Stephen Saideman holds the Norman Paterson Chair in International Affairs and is the Director of the Canadian Defence and Security Network.   He has written four books, The Ties That Divide: Ethnic Politics, Foreign Policy and International Conflict; For Kin or Country: Xenophobia, Nationalism and War (with R. William Ayres); NATO in Afghanistan: Fighting Together, Fighting Alone (with David Auerswald); and Adapting in the Dust: Lessons Learned from Canada’s War in Afghanistan, co-edited two volumes, authored over two dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Before joining Carleton University, Prof. Saideman was Canada Research Chair in International Security and Ethnic Conflict at McGill University.  Prior to that, Prof. Saideman spent 2001-2002 on the U.S. Joint Staff working in the Strategic Planning and Policy Directorate as part of a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship.  He also received the Social Science Research Council’s Abe Fellowship (co-funded by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership) and served as a Visiting Fellow at the Air Staff College of Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force. He has also taught at Texas Tech University and the University of Vermont. His research has been funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the Department of National Defence, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the Carnegie Corporation, and the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation.

Professor Saideman has developed an extensive online presence, writing for Political Violence at a Glance, Duck of Minerva and his own site (  He has a visible twitter account, and he co-hosts the Battle Rhythm podcast. He has won awards for teaching, for mentoring other faculty, for public engagement, and for his blogging on international studies.

While Professor Saideman started his career focusing on the international relations of ethnic conflict, his more recent work focuses on civil-military relations.  His current project seeks to understand how and why democratic legislatures vary so much in their oversight over their respective armed forces.  This project has taken him to Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Chile, and Germany.

Former Paterson Chair of International Affairs