Steve Saideman / @smsaideman
Paterson Chair in International Affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs
Stephen Saideman holds the Paterson Chair in International Affairs at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. 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, as well as articles and chapters on nationalism, ethnic conflict, civil war, alliance dynamics, and civil-military relations. Prof. Saideman has received fellowships from the Council on Foreign Relations and the Social Sciences Research Council. The former placed on the Bosnia desk of the Strategic Planning and Policy Directorate of US Joint Staff for a year, and the latter facilitated research in Japan. He taught previously at the University of Vermont, Texas Tech University, and at McGill University. He writes online at OpenCanada.org, Political Violence at a Glance, Duck of Minerva and his own site (saideman.blogspot.com). He has won two awards for teaching, one for mentoring other faculty, one for public engagement, and two for his blogging on international studies. He is currently working on the role of legislatures in civil-military relations as well as seeking funding to build the Canadian Defence and Security Network. He tweets at @smsaideman.
Most Recent Posts
Conservative leader Andrew Scheer laid out his foreign policy approach on Tuesday. Steve Saideman breaks down the speech, from Scheer’s views on China, Iran and Israel to his omission of US tariffs and climate change.
From the diversity of its scholars to the most desirable schools, the field has not changed much in recent years, writes Steve Saideman, as he looks at the results of a recent survey.
If the new budget touches on defence, it must consider increasing the number of staff and calibre of experts that take care of procuring military equipment, argues Steve Saideman.
After a long consultation process, the Canadian Defence Policy Review arrived Wednesday. Will the $62 billion pledged be enough to cover the new initiatives Harjit Sajjan is pitching?
If the Canadian Armed Forces feel betrayed by Sajjan, it is because they wrongly thought the defence minister should be an ally. As Steve Saideman writes, he shouldn’t be.
Four ministers promised new funding and troops for peace operations in Africa last week. Was it an announcement or a placeholder? Steve Saideman unpacks their message.
In the lead up to the Canadian government’s defence review, Steve Saideman lists three lessons learned in Afghanistan: honesty should trump optimism; sometimes we must admit when more resources are needed; and a war cannot be won with force alone.
Following the announcement to pull Canada's CF-18s from Syria and Iraq, Steve Saideman offers answers to six frequently asked questions on the next stage of Canada's battle against ISIS.
Canada’s contribution to the anti-ISIS campaign was always going to be small, so is being left out a sign of strained relations with the U.S.?
The widely shared photos and videos of Syrian refugees welcomed into Canada over the weekend are a win not just for Trudeau and not just for Canada, but for the larger campaign against ISIS.
When considering membership into NATO, how much does a potential new member bring to the table versus take off of it?
An excerpt from this year’s edition of Canada Among Nations, which launches this week.
In this final edition, Steve Saideman imagines a new platform for the Conservatives. The last but "hardest to write," he says.
Steve Saideman imagines a new platform for the New Democratic Party: ‘We can and should cut the size of the Canadian Forces.'
Steve Saideman creates what he thinks should be the defence platforms of all three major parties. This week, the Liberals.