Keynote Speaker

We are pleased to announce that this year's keynote speaker will be Andrew Mack, a faculty member in the School of International Studies at Simon Fraser University and Director of the Human Security Report Project (HSRP).

Prof. Mack will add to our discussion with a keynote address on the theme "Understanding the Global Decline in Violence: Is it Real? Will it Last?" The keynote address is scheduled for Saturday, March 29, exact time to be determined.

Andrew Mack

Professor Andrew Mack

Director of the Human Security Report Project
Simon Fraser University School of International Studies

Andrew Mack is the director of the Human Security Report Project (HSRP), an independent research center affiliated with Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver, British Columbia, and a faculty member the university’s School for International Studies.

Prior to joining Simon Fraser, Prof. Mack directed the Human Security Centre at University of British Columbia and was a visiting professor at the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University. From 1985 to 1991, he directed the Peace Research Centre at the Australian National University (ANU), later held the Chair in International Relations at ANU’s Institute of Advanced Study, and spent several years as Director of the Strategic Planning Office in the Executive Office of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He has held research and teaching positions at Flinders University; the London School of Economics; the Copenhagen Peace Research Institute; the Richardson Institute for Peace and Conflict Research; the University of California; the University of Hawaii and the East-West Center; Fudan University; the International University of Japan; and the University of Auckland.

Prof. Mack has written and edited some sixteen books and monographs and published over sixty scholarly articles in a wide range of journals, including World Politics, The Washington Quarterly, British Journal of International Studies, World Policy, Foreign Policy, Comparative Politics, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Politics, Security Dialogue, Arms Control, Asian Survey, Australian Journal of International Affairs and Pacific Review. He has also published widely in the mainstream print media, including the International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, Economist, Guardian, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and Christian Science Monitor, among many others.

Andrew Mack has received research grants from the MacArthur, Ford, W. Alton Jones and Rockefeller Foundations; the United Nations University; the Social Science Research Council (UK); the International Development Research Center; and the governments of Australia, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada and the UK. His pre-academic career included six years in the Royal Air Force; two and a half years in Antarctica as a meteorologist and deputy base commander; a year as a diamond prospector in Sierra Leone; and two years with the BBC’s World Service writing and broadcasting news commentaries and producing the current affairs program The World Today.

In addition to directing the Human Security Report Project, which tracks global and regional trends in organized violence, Prof. Mack is currently a Visiting Fellow at the One Earth Future Foundation, a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization dedicated to developing effective, multi-stakeholder systems of governance to achieve a world beyond war.