Research Fellow, Global Security at CIGI
Joined on August 1, 2012
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Mark Raymond joined CIGI as a research fellow in August 2012. He has a B.A. in political science and international relations from the University of Western Ontario and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Toronto, and he has taught international relations at the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo.
A member of the global security program at CIGI, Mark's work in this field stems from a long-standing interest in the historical- and security-related origins of today's global governance structures.
Before beginning his M.A., Mark held an internship at the Canadian embassy in Washington, DC during the summer of 2001. In this role, he monitored the Washington think-tank community for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and assisted in the administration of the embassy's Canadian Studies Grant Program.
Prior to joining CIGI, he held a post-doctoral fellowship at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, where he conducted research on the way ideas shape conflict and on the utility of social constructivist scholarship for informing foreign policy. During his fellowship, Mark was also preparing his dissertation into a book manuscript and proposal; it is currently being reviewed by leading academic publishers and university presses.
At CIGI, Mark contributes to the development of new global security projects and assists with the organization and administration of workshops and conferences. Specifically, he is developing CIGI's work in the area of Internet security and governance, for which he will be writing policy briefs, blogs and reports.
Mark currently lives in Kitchener, where he enjoys reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction, and listening to jazz music in his spare time.
It is reassuring that, with the WCIT underway, there is increasing awareness of the threats to the Internet posed by a number of the amendments, significantly in many cases supported by authoritarian governments. There is less awareness of the serious economic implications of some of the proposed ITR amendments. While it is highly unlikely a doomsday scenario will unfold at the WCIT itself, it is clear that substantial changes to Internet governance are possible over the next several years. more»