Global Americans and the Canadian Council for the Americas present “Two Gringos with Questions,” an interview series featuring political and cultural leaders from across the Americas. In the 24 episode, Chris and Ken speak to Roland Paris, Professor of International Affairs and former Senior Advisor to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Hosts Chris and Ken speak to Paris about Canada’s recent election, the country’s foreign policy and the role of middle powers in protecting the liberal international order.
Roland Paris is Professor of International Affairs in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), and former Senior Advisor to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on global affairs and defense.
A long-time academic, Paris has taken several academic leaves to work in government. In addition to serving in the Prime Minister’s Office, he previously held positions in Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, the Privy Council (cabinet) Office, and the Federal-Provincial Relations Office. He also currently serves on the Advisory Council to the Deputy Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
Paris is the founding Director of the Centre for International Policy Studies at the University of Ottawa. He was also the Director of Research at the Conference Board of Canada, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Visiting Researcher at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, Visiting Fellow at the Institut d’études politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, Global Ethics Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Geopolitics.
In 2014 Paris was appointed to a group of international experts advising the Secretary General of NATO. His research on international security and foreign policy has appeared in leading academic outlets and he has published commentary and analysis on international affairs in Canadian and international media.
Paris has earned several academic prizes, including the Grawemeyer Award. He sits on the editorial board of seven scholarly journals and has received four awards for teaching and three for public service.
Paris holds a Ph.D. from Yale University, an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, and a B.A. from the University of Toronto.