I hold the Paterson Chair in International Affairs at Carleton University's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. I am also the Director of the Canadian Defence and Security Network, which has led to my co-hosting Battle Rhythm, the CDSN’s podcast. My main area of research is International Security, defined broadly. For much of my career, my focus on the international relations of intervention: why do groups and countries get involved in conflicts elsewhere in the world, how do they engage in such efforts, and to what effect. Recently, I have spent most of my time comparing the civil-military relations of democracies. I have also worked on the domestic politics of ethnic conflict, and I write about Canadian defence and foreign policy issues. See my research page for my past and present areas of study. I have developed some advice over the years that I have codified on ye olde web page (for Advisees, for Job Talks and for those seeking Recommendations). My CV is here and my Scholar Google profile is here.
In 2001-2002, I had an International Affairs Fellowship provided by the Council on Foreign Relations. I worked in the Central and East Europe Division in the Strategic Planning Directorate of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as a politico-military planner working mostly on issues related to the NATO peacekeeping operations in Bosnia, but also dealt with issues relating to other parts of what used to be Yugoslavia, especially Macedonia and Kosovo. This was an especially formative experience, shaping my subsequent teaching and research. Indeed, it has increased my desire to be engaged in policy debates and networks, which partially explains my blogging efforts.
I spend way too much time online or watching TV, so I compensate by playing ultimate frisbee, skiing, and reading mysteries and thrillers. Oh, and as some of the pictures should indicate, I think I have a sense of humor. Others may disagree.