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Nov. 19, 2015

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WATERLOO – On Friday, Nov. 13 there were seven coordinated terror attacks in Paris, killing at least 129 people. Terrorist attacks have further devastated other cities around the world in the past week, including Beirut and Baghdad.

There are several Laurier experts available to comment on topics relating to terrorist attacks.

Terrorism and Islamophobia

Jasmin Zine, professor in Laurier’s Sociology program, is an expert on Muslim youth, Islamophobia, religious extremism and the new imperialism. Contact information:

Areas of Expertise:

  • Race and education, securitization and gender
  • Imperialism/War on terror
  • Canadian Muslim studies
  • Muslim youth and identity
  • Muslim women's studies

Christopher F. J. Ross, associate professor in Laurier’s Religion and Culture program, is an expert on the psychology of fundamentalism and the social psychological dynamics of the response to terror. Contact information: 519-884-0710 ext.3679, (cell) 510-500-2943 or

Areas of Expertise:

  • Psychology of religion
  • Personal needs and religion
  • Personality and religion
  • Effects of conflict on children
  • Religion and social justice

Global Governance and Policy

Paul Heinbecker, director of Laurier’s Centre for Global Relations and Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Distinguished Fellow, is an expert on foreign policy and international governance. He has a distinguished career in Canadian diplomacy — including posts as ambassador to Germany, permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) and adviser to various prime ministers. Contact information: 613-853-2761 or

Edmund Pries, assistant professor in Laurier’s Global Studies program, is an expert on oaths, pledges and vows of citizenship, global citizenship and ethics, and international humanitarian law. He is fluent in English and German. Contact information: 519-884-1970 x4593 or

Paul Freston, professor in Laurier’s Religion and Culture program and CIGI chair in Religion and Politics in Global Context, is an expert on religion and global politics, and religion and globalization and transnationalism. Contact information: 519-497-7719 or

Alistair Edgar, associate professor in Laurier’s Political Science program and executive director of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), is an expert on international relations, the United Nations and counter-terrorism, and Canadian defence and security policy. He also co-runs Canadian Global Security, a research project with a mandate to serve as a focal point for debate, research and policy analysis related to emerging global security issues in regions of Canadian foreign policy concern. Contact information: (cell) 519-497-6343 or

Areas of Expertise:

  • The United Nations
  • Transitional justice in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Kosovo and Uganda
  • Foreign and security policies in the U.S., Canada and Japan
  • Defence industries in the U.S., Canada and Japan
  • International conflict resolution
  • Russian foreign policy and defence industry policies


Thomas Rose, an instructor in Laurier’s Journalism program, is an expert in journalism, international law and human rights. Contact information: 519-756-8228 or

Areas of Expertise:

  • Journalism law and ethics
  • Journalism and democracy
  • International law


Bree Akesson, assistant professor in Laurier’s Faculty of Social Work, is an expert in international child protection, refugee migration and resettlement. Contact information:

Areas of expertise:

  • International child protection
  • Psychological effects of war and disaster on young children and their families
  • Global social work practice and social service workforce development
  • Pregnant Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey

Kim Rygiel, associate professor in Laurier’s Political Science program and lecturer at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, is an expert on refugee activism, citizenship politics and collaborative work on humanitarian aid. Contact information:

Areas of expertise:

  • International relations and global politics
  • Globalization and global governance
  • Citizenship and migration
  • Security studies

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Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070



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