Roland Paris


Roland Paris
Associate Professor

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Roland Paris


Faculty of Social Sciences
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Research Focus

To conduct research on international peacekeeping missions in the complicated post 9/11 era, and also to begin a new research project on the challenges of "governing" an increasingly complex international system. In the field of peacekeeping, Paris is examining the role of international agencies and actors in their efforts to strengthen or rebuild governmental institutions in countries that have experienced civil wars. With regard to international governance, Paris will investigate the growing gap between the "demand" for, and "supply" of, international regulatory arrangements in an era of increasing globalization.

Research Relevance

If the current troubles in Afghanistan and elsewhere have taught the world anything, it's that conventional methods of international peacebuilding require careful reconsideration. Dr. Paris intends to analyze different international strategies for reconstituting governmental structures after wars, which is central to any peacebuilding effort. Paris' second project on global governance is also important both to scholars and to practitioners of international affairs. Many of the world's major international organizations are now decades-old, yet demands for international cooperation are increasing. As a result Paris argues that we may be facing a "crisis of global governance" that requires new approaches to multilateral cooperation for the 21st century.

International Security and Governance

Paris is well-equipped to conduct research on these international security and governance issues. Educated at the Universities of Toronto and Cambridge and at the Sorbonne, he earned his Ph.D. from Yale University and went on to become a prolific researcher who successfully navigated both the academic and policy worlds. His book At War's End:Building Peace After Civil Conflict was awarded the $200,000 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order in 2007. He has written articles for leading scholarly journals. He has served stints as a foreign policy adviser to the Canadian government and also as a director of research for the Conference Board of Canada, the country's largest think tank. He was honoured with several awards for teaching during his time at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He recently co-directed the Research Partnership on Postwar State-Building, a research project involving 14 scholars from six nations funded by the Carnegie Corp of New York.

Awards and Accomplishments

  • Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, 2007
  • Chadwick Alger Award from the International Studies Association, 2005
  • Project co-director for collaborative research project on postwar state-building funded by the Carnegie Corporation, 2005-2007
  • Teacher of the Year, University of Colorado, 2002
  • Commentator on international affairs for local, national and international media including The Globe and Mail, The Ottawa Citizen, CBC, CNBC, National Public Radio and Fox News
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