Stephen Saideman

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Canada Research Chair in International Security and Ethnic Conflict

Department of Political Science
McGill University

855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, PQ, H3A 2T7
Office Tel: (514) 398-2324
Dept. Tel: (514) 398-4400, ex 094513
Fax: (514) 398-1770
Email: steve dot saideman At mcgill dot ca

Office: Leacock 324-C
Office Hours: Fall 2011: MW 1:30-3:00


    I joined McGill in 2002, and am leaving in the summer of 2012 to go to Carleton University's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs [NPSIA] as the new holder of the Paterson Chair in International Affairs
I specialize in issues related to political competition and international security focusing largely on the international and domestic politics of ethnic conflicts.  I have spent the past few years on something related but also entirely different: the complexities of civil-military relations in multilateral military operations (especially Afghanistan).
My two biggest points of pride during my time at McGill: (1) I twice received an award by the Political Science Students Association for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching; (2) Nearly all of my PhD students have gained tenure-track positions in the US and Canada.
In 2001-2002, I was an International Affairs Fellowship provided by the Council on Foreign Relations.  I worked in the Central and East Europe Division in the Strategic Planning Directorate of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as a politico-military planner working mostly on issues related to the NATO peacekeeping operations in Bosnia, but also dealt with issues relating to other parts of what used to be Yugoslavia, especially Macedonia and Kosovo.  For my 9/11 tale, you can listen to this interview on CBC 6 years afterwards.. 
If not in my office, I can be found on the ultimate fields in Montreal, on the ski slopes in the area, or at home, watching TV to gain more cultural references for my classes.