Alistair Edgar

Alistair-EdgarDr. Alistair Edgar


Executive Director, Academic Council on the UN System, Wilfrid Laurier University


Associate professor of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University. Research focuses on transitional justice in war-to-peace transitions and post-conflict peace building, with fieldwork in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Kosovo, and northern Uganda.  A Board member of the Canadian Landmines Foundation, he holds a PhD in Political Science from Queen’s University. He was the John M. Olin Doctoral Fellow in Economics and National Security at the Olin Institute, Centre for International Affairs, Harvard University in 1992-93.

Select Publications

Canada in Africa: Addressing Insecurity in Somalia and the Horn of Africa, Kirk W. Goodlet, Alistair Edgar and Roger Sarty (eds.), LCMSDS Press of Wilfrid Laurier University, 2015.

“War-Fighting and the Decline of Humanitarian Space in Canadian Security Policy”, in Rosalind Warner (ed.) Unsettled Balance: Ethics, Security and Canada’s International Relations (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2015), 59-83.

“Scarce Heard Amid the Guns: An Inside Look at Canadian Peacekeeping”, International Journal, 70/1, 2015, 161-163.

“Addressing “so what?” Sovereignty and humanitarian intervention in a post-American world”, in Sean Clark and Sabrina Hoque (eds.) Debating a Post-American World: What lies ahead? (London: Routledge, 2012), 248-254.

“International Organization and Ending Conflict”, in Robert A. Denemark (ed.), The International Studies Encyclopedia VII (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), 4218-4239.

Graduate Supervision

Peacekeeping and peace-building, humanitarian intervention, Canadian defence and security policy, defence industries and defence procurement.