In July 2018 the ACUNS Secretariat will transition to the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University.
“Drawing on a strong track record of research in integrated peacebuilding, trust and social and community relations, the Centre exemplifies Coventry University’s long-standing commitment to research that makes a positive impact on society and on the security and quality of life of ordinary people worldwide.The Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations is distinctive both in terms of the research undertaken and the approaches used.”

The ACUNS Secretariat has been hosted by, and at, Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) since 2003; where it is currently completing a third, and final, five-year term (2003–08; 2008–13; 2013–18). As Dr. Charlotte Ku, chair of the ACUNS Forward Planning Committee, stated after the Board of Directors’ announcement that the Secretariat would remain at Wilfrid Laurier University for a third term: “Wilfrid Laurier University is an ideal partner for ACUNS in its vision to educate students for a globalized world not only in the classroom, but also through hands on experiences. The vision is both interdisciplinary in scholarly approach as well as in blending the academic and the applied so that students will emerge from their programs with solid disciplinary grounding coupled with an appreciation of the complexities of real life problem solving and policy development. This mirrors ACUNS own tradition of commitment to harnessing scholarly inquiry and rigor to sound policy making.”

At Wilfrid Laurier University, the Secretariat is located at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA), part of the CIGI Campus, a hub of international scholarship and policy analysis located in uptown Waterloo, Ontario. “The CIGI Campus is a hub for international studies, with superb scholars, several of whom already are ACUNS members, and a steady flow of high-profile visitors from around the world,” said Alistair Edgar, ACUNS Executive Director. “This puts us in front of them, as well as giving us access to them as a significant intellectual resource.”

During its tenure as host to the Secretariat, Wilfrid Laurier University has supported ACUNS programming and events. The annual Workshop on International Organization Studies was held at WLU in 2005, 2006, and 2012, while the CIGI Campus hosted the 2011 Annual Meeting “Multiple Multilateralism”.

Previous hosts of ACUNS include Dartmouth College, Brown University and Yale University, and when it moved to WLU in 2003 it was the first time in 15 years that the Council was hosted outside the US. July 2018 will see the Council’s next big move, as the Secretariat will transition to its new location at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University where Professor Math Noortmann will be Executive Director.

Professor Lorraine Elliott, Chair of the ACUNS Board of Directors, welcomed the appointment of Coventry University and the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations as the new host institution for the Secretariat. “I am confident that the Centre will make an important contribution to ACUNS as we continue to build our global outreach to UN scholars and practitioners and work to strengthen our membership base in the Global South while also maintaining our important and enduring links with the UN Secretariat in New York’ she said. ‘As Executive Director, Professor Noortmann will bring a suite of experience and knowledge of the UN system to his role. I look forward to working with him and the CU team in this forthcoming transition year”.