Roland Paris is Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, Associate Fellow of Chatham House, and former Senior Advisor on Global Affairs and Defence to the Prime Minister of Canada.

His research on international security, peacebuilding, and foreign policy has appeared in International Organization, International Security, International Studies Quarterly and other leading academics publications and has earned several prizes, including the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. He has also received four awards for teaching.

Prof. Paris has taken several academic leaves to work in government. In addition to serving in the Prime Minister's Office, he has held positions in Canada's foreign ministry, Privy Council (Cabinet) Office and Federal-Provincial Relations Office, and has received three awards for public service.

He has also been Director of Research at the Conference Board of Canada, the country's largest think tank; founding Director of the Centre for International Policy Studies at the University of Ottawa; Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the University of Colorado-Boulder; Visiting Fellow at the Institut d'études politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris; Visiting Researcher at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.; Global Ethics Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs; a member of a ten-person group of international experts advising the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization; and a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Geopolitics.


Currently, he is also a member of the Advisory Council to the Deputy Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; a Fellow of the Halifax International Security Forum; and chairperson of the jury for the Canadian Foreign Service Officer Awards. 

Prof. 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.