Executive Director, ACUNS
Wilfrid Laurier University 


Areas of Expertise
Human Security, Intergovernmental Organizations, Peacebuilding, The Responsibility to Protect, Transitional Justice, United Nations

Dr. Alistair D. Edgar serves as the Executive Director of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), having returned in August 2010 to the position he held previously in 2003-2008. He is a Research Associate with the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies (LCMSDS), and Associate Professor of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, where he has worked since 1993.

Outside of the university, Dr. Edgar is president of the New Delhi, India-based International Jurist Organization (IJO); he is a National Board member of the United Nations Association in Canada (UNAC); and sits on the board of the Canadian Landmines Foundation.

Dr Edgar’s current research interests involve issues of transitional justice in war-to-peace transitions and post-conflict peace building. He has conducted independent research fieldwork on this subject in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Kosovo, and northern Uganda.

Dr. Edgar holds a BA Honours in History from Cambridge University (Sidney Sussex College) (1983), a MA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia (1985), and a PhD in Political Science from Queen’s University, Canada (1993). He was a John M. Olin Doctoral Fellow in Economics and National Security at the Olin Institute, Centre for International Affairs, Harvard University in 1992-93, and completed a Certificate in Russian Studies at Moscow State University in 1995.

Recent ACUNS Activity
Serves as executive director of ACUNS.

Updated January, 2015