Paul Meyer

Senior Fellow in Space Security and Nuclear Disarmament, The Simons Foundation


In this episode of the ACUNS Current Issues Podcast, Paul Meyer discusses the environment of conflict in cyber security. Meyer provides insight on the importance of being proactive in dealing with cyber conflict and why it is different than other forms of conflict. Meyer focuses on the militarization of cyber space through both the engagement of cyber weapons as well as the possibility of infiltrating systems and destroying data. As the pattern of cyber space militarization accelerates, Meyer explains the importance of creating a global consensus on norms concerning responsible state behaviour for cyber security. Meyer reiterates that states should help the United Nations develop and achieve this global set of norms and follow through within their own countries in the interest of both global and national security.

ACUNS 2014 Annual Meeting Submitted Papers
The Simons Foundations
The Wild West of governments in cyberspace – EMBASSY, October 29, 2014

About Paul Meyer
Paul Meyer is a former Canadian diplomat who retired from the Foreign Service in September 2010 after a 35 year career. He joined the then Department of External Affairs in 1975 and served abroad in Oslo (1976-1978), Moscow (1982-1984) and Brussels (1988-1992) where he was Political Counsellor in Canada’s delegation to NATO. From 1992-1997, he served at the Embassy in Washington D.C. as Minister-Counsellor (Political) and from 2001-2003 as Minister and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy in Tokyo. In Ottawa, Paul held a variety of positions at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, primarily in the field of international security policy. He was Director-General of the International Security Bureau (1998-2001) and Director-General of the Security and Intelligence Bureau (2007-2010). From 2003 to 2007, he served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. His responsibilities at this centre for multilateral action on global issues spanned a variety of fields including human rights, humanitarian affairs, global health, and arms control and disarmament. In February 2011 he was appointed Fellow in International Security at the Centre for Dialogue and concurrently Adjunct Professor, School for International Studies at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. He is also a Senior Fellow at The Simons Foundation. His research interests include nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, outer space security, conflict prevention and cyber security.


Recorded November 2014