Mark was formerly (2008-2012) a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), an independent think tank that addresses international governance challenges, and led the Centre’s Global and Human Security Program. He has been a Research Associate at the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), a German-based independent think tank specializing in peace and security issues, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. He also served as the 2004-2005 Cadieux Léger Fellow in the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT).
Mark has been a consultant to governments, intergovernmental organizations, and NGOs on issues pertaining to the security and political situation in Afghanistan, including the United Nations, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Notably, in late 2003 he served as the manager of the security chapter of the Afghan Government report titled, Securing Afghanistan’s Future: Accomplishments and the Strategic Pathway Forward, which was prepared for the Berlin international donors conference held on March 31- April 1, 2004. Mark is widely published in the field, having co-authored two books, co-edited three volumes and produced ten book chapters, twelve peer-reviewed journal articles and over 50 essays and technical papers. He is a regular media commentator on international security issues in Canada and globally.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
• International security
• State fragility and state building
• Peace building and peacekeeping
• Civil wars and insurgencies
• Security sector reform
• Irregular migration and human trafficking
• Disarmament and demilitarization
• Organized crime
• Cyber security
• Terrorism and radicalization