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Stephen Saideman

Paterson Chair in International Affairs, Carleton University

Stephen Saideman holds the Paterson Chair in International Affairs at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. His research interests are in the fields of international security, comparative foreign policy, civil-military relations, and ethnic conflict.

Before joining Carleton University, Prof. Saideman was Canada Research Chair in International Security and Ethnic Conflict at McGill University. Prior to that, Prof. Saideman spent 2001-2002 on the U.S. Joint Staff working in the Strategic Planning and Policy Directorate as part of a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship. He has also taught at Texas Tech University and the University of Vermont. He has won two awards for teaching.

He has written The Ties That Divide: Ethnic Politics, Foreign Policy and International Conflict; For Kin or Country: Xenophobia, Nationalism and War (with R. William Ayres); and NATO in Afghanistan: Fighting Together, Fighting Alone (with David Auerswald). He has written on nationalism, ethnic conflict, civil war, and civil-military relations in leading academic journals, including International Organization and International Studies Quarterly.

Professor Saideman writes online at, Political Violence at a Glance, Duck of Minerva and his own site ( He also tweets too much at @smsaideman. He has also appeared in more traditional media (newspapers, television and radio) in Canada and the U.S.

He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego, which is where he also earned his M.A. He received his B.A. from Oberlin College.


  • –present
    Paterson Chair in International Affairs, Carleton University