Academic & Policy Writing


co-edited with Taylor Owen (University of Toronto Press, 2016)

  • The need for an ambitious and forward-looking Canadian international strategy has never been greater. In The World Won't Wait, some of Canada's brightest thinkers respond. Covering both classic foreign policy issues such as international security, human rights, and global institutions and emerging issues like internet governance, climate change, and sustainable development, their essays offer fresh and provocative responses to today's challenges and opportunities.

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    co-edited with Timothy D. Sisk (Routledge, 2009)

  • "Roland Paris and Timothy Sisk have compiled the essential guide to understanding the inherent contradictions that lie at the heart of the statebuilding enterprise. Drawing on a range of contemporary cases the volume's contributors expertly dissect the dilemmas raised by the challenges of coordination, security, political economy, institutional design, and autonomy. Students, analysts or practitioners looking to reflect on the process of statebuilding will find no better place to start their enquiry." --Paul D. Williams, George Washington University

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    co-edited with Edward Newman and Oliver Richmond (UNU/Brookings, 2009)

  • "A timely and extremely valuable book by a distinguished group of authors that critically examines the liberal premises of contemporary peacebuilding efforts through a combination of incisive thematic analysis and well-chosen case studies. A 'must read' for scholars and practitioners alike." --Richard Caplan, Oxford University

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    (Cambridge University Press, 2004)

  • Winner of the 2007 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, the 2005 Chadwick F. Alger Award (International Studies Association) and the 2004 Eugene M. Kayden Award (University of Colorado)

  • "Few studies of peacekeeping and peacebuilding merit the description 'breakthrough.' This is one of them." --Michael Pugh, Director, University of Plymouth International Studies Centre, and Editor of the International Peacekeeping journal

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  • German edition: Wenn die Waffen schweigen: Friedenskonsolidierung nach innerstaatlichen Gewaltkonf likten (Hamburg Editions, 2007).

  • Introduction translated into Spanish: click here

  • Articles, Chapters, Working Papers

    * "Zones of Turmoil and the Future of Western Intervention," book chapter (forthcoming).

    * "The Blurry Boundary between Peacebuilding and the Responsibility to Protect," in Alex J. Bellamy and Tim Dunne, eds., Oxford Handbook on the Responsibility to Protect (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 509-523.

    * "Global Governance and Power Politics: Back to Basics," Ethics and International Affairs 29:4 (Winter 2015), pp. 407-418.

    * "States of Mind: The Role of Governance Schemas in Foreign-Imposed Regime Change," International Relations 29:2 (June 2015), pp. 139-176.

    * "The Legacy of Canada's Afghanistan Mission," in Jack Cunningham and  William Maley, eds., Australia and Canada in Afghanistan: Perspectives on a Mission (Toronto: Dundurn, 2015), pp. 245-260.

    * "Responsibility to Protect: The Debate Continues," International Peacekeeping 22:2 (2015), pp. 143-50.

    * "Time to Make Ourselves Useful," Literary Review of Canada (March 2015), pp. 13-15.

    Reprinted in Setting the New Progressive Agenda (Ottawa: Canada 2020, 2015).

    * "Evolution or Escalation? Canada's Military Mission in Iraq," Centre for International Policy Studies, University of Ottawa, Policy Brief no. 26 (January 2015).

    * "The 'Responsibility to Protect' and the Structural Problems of Preventive Humanitarian Intervention," International Peacekeeping 21:5 (2014), pp. 569-603.

    * "The Geopolitics of Peace Operations: A Research Agenda," International Peacekeeping 21:4 (Fall 2014), pp. 501-508.

    * "Are Canadians Still Liberal Internationalists? Foreign Policy and Public Opinion in the Harper Era," International Journal 69:3 (September 2014), pp. 274-307.

    * "Collective Defence and Common Security: Twin Pillars of the Atlantic Alliance," Group of Policy Experts Report to the NATO Secretary-General (June 2014). [See also: Roland Paris' op-ed on the report.]

    * "The Truth About Afghanistan," Policy Options (March-April 2014), pp. 26-33.

    * "The Digital Diplomacy Revolution: Why Is Canada Lagging Behind?" Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, Policy Paper (June 2013).

    * "Afghanistan: What Went Wrong?" Perspectives on Politics 11:2 (June 2013), pp. 538-548.

    * "Ordering the World: Academic Research and Policymaking on Fragile States," International Studies Review 13:1 (March 2011), pp. 58-71.

    * "Introduction: NATO and the Challenge of Sustainable Peacebuilding," Global Governance 17:1 (Jan.-March 2011), pp. 75-79.

    * "State-Level Effects of Transitional Justice: What Do We Know?" (with Oskar N.T. Thoms and James Ron), International Journal of Transitional Justice 4:3 (November 2010), pp. 329-354.

    * "Saving Liberal Peacebuilding," Review of International Studies 36:2 (April 2010), pp. 337-365.

    Special commendation, British International Studies Association-RIS Best Article Prize 2010.

    Reprinted in Susanna Campbell, David Chandler and Meera Sabaratnam, eds., A Liberal Peace? The Problems and Practices of Peacebuilding (London: Zed, 2011).

    Reprinted in David J. Francis, ed., When War Ends: Building Peace in Divided Communities (London: Ashgate: 2012).

    * Rethinking Canada's International Priorities (co-edited with Fen Osler Hampson), CIPS-NPSIA Report, March 2010.

    * "Does Liberal Peacebuilding Have a Future?" in Edward Newman, Roland Paris and Oliver Richmond, eds., New Perspectives on Liberal Peacebuilding (UNU/Brookings, 2009).

    * "Understanding the Coordination Problem in Postwar Statebuilding," in Roland Paris and Timothy D. Sisk, eds., The Dilemmas of Statebuilding: Confronting the Contradictions of Postwar Peace Operations (London: Routledge, 2009).

    * "Scaling Back Expectations in Afghanistan," CIPS Policy Brief, no. 2, Feb. 2009.

    * "The Effects of Transitional Justice Mechanisms: A Summary of Empirical Research Findings and Implications for Analysts and Practitioners," Working Paper, Centre for International Policy Studies, University of Ottawa (April 2008), co-authored with Oskar N.T. Thoms and James Ron.

    * "The Devils Lake Dispute Between Canada and the United States," Working Paper, Centre for International Policy Studies, University of Ottawa (Feb. 2008).

    * "Post-Conflict Peacebuilding," in The Oxford Handbook of the United Nations, edited by Thomas Weiss and Sam Daws (Oxford University Press, 2007).

    * "Managing Contradictions: The Inherent Dilemmas of Postwar Statebuilding" (with Timothy Sisk), International Peace Academy report (Nov. 2007).

    Reprinted in Spanish: Gestionar contradicciones: los dilemas inherentes a la construccion posbelica del estado Documentos para la Discusion Postbelica, No. 2. Bellaterra: ECP, 02/2011.

    * "NATO's Choice in Afghanistan: Go Big or Go Home," Policy Options (Dec. 2006-Jan. 2007).

    * "Bringing the Leviathan Back In: Classical vs. Contemporary Conceptions of the Liberal Peace," International Studies Review,  8:3 (Sept. 2006), pp. 425-440.

    * "Towards More Effective Peacebuilding: A Conversation With Roland Paris," Development in Practice 15:6 (Nov. 2005), interview conducted by Alina Rocha Menocal and Kate Kilpatrick.

    Reprinted in French and German in the Swiss Yearbook of Development Policy 2006.

    * "Rational and Irrational Approaches to Human Security: A Reply to Ralph Pettman," Cambridge Review of International Affairs 18:3 (Oct. 2005), pp. 479-81.  (See also Pettman's initial article.)

    * "Still An Inscrutable Concept," Security Dialogue 35:3 (Sept. 2004), pp. 370-72.

    * "Peacekeeping and the Constraints of Global Culture," European Journal of International Relations 9:3 (Sept. 2003), pp. 441-73.

    Reprinted in Paul James, ed., Globalization and Violence, vol. 3, Globalizing War and Intervention (London: Sage, 2006).

    * "The Burden of Nation-Building in Postwar Iraq," in Irwin Abrams and Wang Gungwu, eds., The Iraq War and Its Consequences (World Scientific Publishers, 2003).

    * "Multilateralism and American Power," in Irwin Abrams and Wang Gungwu, eds., The Iraq War and Its Consequences (World Scientific Publishers, 2003).

    * "The Globalization of Taxation? Electronic Commerce and the Transformation of the State," International Studies Quarterly 47:2 (June 2003), pp. 153-82.

    * "Peacebuilding in Central America: Reproducing the Sources of Conflict?" International Peacekeeping 9:4 (Winter 2002), pp. 39-68.

    * "International Peacebuilding and the 'Mission Civilisatrice'," Review of International Studies 28:4 (Oct. 2002), pp. 637-56.

    Reprinted in Roger Mac Ginty, ed., Peacebuilding (London: Sage, 2014).

    Reprinted in Benedicte Bull and Morten Boas, eds., International Development (London: Sage, 2009).

    * "Kosovo and the Metaphor War," Political Science Quarterly 117:3 (Fall 2002), pp. 423-50.

    Reprinted in Philip Seib, ed., War and Conflict Communication: Critical Concepts (Routledge, forthcoming).

    * "Echoes of the 'Mission Civilisatrice': Peacekeeping in the Post-Cold War Era," in Edward Newman and Oliver Richmond, eds., The United Nations and Human Security (St. Martin's Press, 2001).

    * "Human Security: Paradigm Shift or Hot Air?" International Security 26:2 (Fall 2001), pp. 87-102.

    Reprinted in Christopher W. Hughes and Lai Yew Meng, eds., Security Studies: A Reader (Routledge, 2011).

    Reprinted in Michael E. Brown et al., eds., New Global Dangers: Changing Dimensions of International Security (MIT Press, 2004).

    Reprinted in Richard W. Mansbach and Edward Rhodes, eds., Global Politics in a Changing World, 2nd edn. (Houghton Mifflin, 2003).

    * "Wilson's Ghost: The Faulty Assumptions of Post-Conflict Peacebuilding," in Chester A. Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson, and Pamela Aall, eds., Turbulent Peace: The Challenges of Managing International Conflict (United States Institute of Peace Press, 2001).

    * "Broadening the Study of Peace Operations," International Studies Review 2:3 (Fall 2000), pp. 27-44.

    * "Peacebuilding and the Limits of Liberal Internationalism," International Security 22:2 (Fall 1997), pp. 54-89.

    Reprinted in Michael E. Brown et al., eds., Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict (MIT Press, revised edition, 2001), pp. 299-334.

    * "Blue Helmet Blues: The End of the UN as a Security Organization?" Washington Quarterly 20:1 (Winter 1997), pp. 191-206.

    Reprinted in Timothy C. Lim, ed., Stand! Global Issues (Coursewise Publishing, 1999).


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    Selected Commentary

    * Is It Possible to Meet the 'Responsibility to Protect'? Washington Post, Monkey Cage, Dec. 9, 2014

    * Canada's Decade of Diplomatic Darkness, Globe & Mail, Sept. 24, 2014

    * Peacekeeping Works Better Than You May Think, CIPS and CIC blogs, August 2, 2014

    * Future of Western Intervention, CBC "The House," August 2, 2014

    * Sanctions Against Russia, CBC Radio, July 24, 2014

    * Canada Needs to Reconnect with its Diplomatic Tradition, CPAC, June 23, 2014

    * NATO Needs to Get its House in Order to Face a More Dangerous World, Globe & Mail, June 20, 2014

    * Harper's heroic Ukraine message does not reflect reality, Globe & Mail, June 3, 2014

    * Imagining a More Ambitious Canada, Ottawa Citizen, June 2, 2014

    * Missing in Action: What Happened to Canada's Foreign Policy, CIPS & CIC blogs, Oct. 31, 2013

    * Canada Needs More Digital Diplomats, Ottawa Citizen, June 19, 2013

    * Baird's Silence on Abuses in Bahrain Exposes Canada's Inconsistency, Globe & Mail, April 5, 2013

    * CIDA Merger is Fine, But Fundamental Questions of Policy Remain Unresolved, Globe & Mail, March 22, 2013

    * Is Corruption the Cost of Saving Afghanistan? Globe & Mail, July 11, 2012

    * Afghanistan: War Without Victory, panel discussion on TVO The Agenda, June 19, 2012

    * The Uprising in Syria, interview on BBC World News, March 9, 2012

    * The Situation in Syria, interview on CTV Question Period, Feb. 26, 2012

    * Talking Tough on Iran, Ottawa Citizen, Jan. 26, 2012

    * The Total Surveillance Society Approaches, Ottawa Citizen, Dec. 22, 2011

    * Lethal Drones Strike at Our Very Heart, Globe & Mail, Sept. 14, 2011

    * Crowd-Sourcing Terror in Norway, Ottawa Citizen, July 26, 2011

    * After the Fall of Gadhafi, Globe & Mail, July 4, 2011

    * Libya: Turning Point, CBC The National, March 21, 2011

    * Risks of No-Fly Zone in Libya, interview by Ottawa Citizen, March 7, 2011

    * Canada-US Border Deal, interview on CBC Power & Politics, Feb. 4, 2011

    * Diplomacy After Wikileaks, interview on CBC Power & Politics, December 3, 2010

    * After Afghanistan, panel discussion on TVO The Agenda, November 8, 2010

    * Canada and the UN Security Council, panel discussion on CPAC, October 13, 2010

    * Canada's Future Security Role, interview on TVO The Agenda, April 29, 2010

    * Assessing Afghanistan, interview on TVO The Agenda, April 16, 2010

    * Minority Governments Are Hobbling Canadian Foreign Policy, Globe & Mail, March 30, 2010

    * Don't Pull Out Every Soldier, Ottawa Citizen, March 4, 2010

    * The Final Chapter of Our Afghan Mission, Globe & Mail, Feb. 1, 2010

    * In Afghanistan, One Last Shot, op-ed in the Globe and Mail, Nov. 3, 2009

    * Dealing with Fragile States, interview on TVO The Agenda, Sept. 25, 2009

    * Panel Discussion on the Afghanistan Mission, CBC The National, Sept. 21, 2009

    * Step Up, Canada: Propose a G8 Centre on Fragile States, op-ed in the Globe & Mail, Aug. 10, 2009

    * Madly Off in All Directions, op-ed on the future of NATO in the Globe and Mail, July 13, 2009

    * Can Obama's "New" Foreign Policy Make a Difference? Global Brief, May 2009

    * Comments on Canada's Role in Afghanistan, PBS Newshour report, Feb. 2009

    * Ethical Dilemmas in Peace-building, launch of the Forum for Peacebuilding Ethics, New York, Feb. 2009

    * Barack Obama's Visit to Canada, CPAC special, Feb. 2009

    * Year of the Afghan Mission, op-ed in the Globe & Mail, Dec. 17, 2008

    * Trying to Reach the Taliban, essay in the Globe & Mail, Nov. 1, 2008

    * Afghanistan and Mixed Messages, interview on TVO The Agenda, Oct. 29, 2008

    * Foreign Policy Issues in the Canadian Federal Election, interview on CBC Radio "Dispatches," Sept. 15, 2008

    * The Need for Transparent Reporting on Progress in Afghanistan, interview on CBC The National, May 22, 2008

    * Iraq's Future: The Canadian Approach, Literary Review of Canada (Jan.-Feb. 2008)

    * A Call For Stronger Canadian Leadership, op-ed on Canada's Afghanistan policy in The Globe & Mail, Jan. 23, 2008

    * We Have To Stand On Our Own Feet, op-ed on Canada's Afghanistan policy in the Globe & Mail, Dec. 18, 2007

    * Negotiating with the Taliban? interview with Peter Mansbridge, CBC Television, Sept. 15, 2007 (launches video file)

    * How Not To Blow Up the Balkans, op-ed in The Globe & Mail, Aug. 10, 2007

    * A Trilateral Mishmash, op-ed in the Globe and Mail, Feb. 26, 2007