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Adam Sandor is a doctoral candidate in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. He has a Master's degree from the University of Wales-Aberystwyth in citizenship and security (European and global dimensions), for which he was awarded the Marie Curie Fellowship. His current doctoral research examines global efforts at producing forms of security governance through the development of local expertise and authority in West Africa, with a specific concentration on the Sahel.

Blog Posts

October 10, 2012
Drug trafficking is a well-known policy issue in West Africa, but state security forces need to establish trust among skeptical local populations before having the credibility to pursue foreign and domestic dealers.
August 15, 2012
Though he has questionable democratic credentials, nobody is as qualified to mediate West African conflicts as Burkina Faso's long-serving president, Blaise Compaoré. But his latest intervention into Mali's fractious politics could be too complex and dangerous for even the most experienced statesman, writes Adam Sandor.
July 10, 2012
If global or West African forces intervene in Mali, understanding the increasingly complicated local security terrain will be imperative. Africa Initiative grantee Adam Sandor tells us what role policy researchers can play in preventing the West African state from becoming "the next Afghanistan or Somalia."

education
  • Ph.D. Candidate, University of Ottawa

  • M.A., University of Wales-Aberystwyth

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