Alumni Senior Fellow

Prof. David Carment, Ph.D.

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Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
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E-mail: carment@spam


Prof. David Carment joined Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Senior Fellow. He conducted his research in Research Unit 3 “Global Governance Revisited” from November 2014 to June 2015.

Research Project at the Centre

Diaspora and Fragile States: Assessing the Theoretical and Policy Linkages

This project is motivated by two concerns. First, much of the research that assesses diaspora linkages tends to be built around a relatively small sample of experiences. There is therefore a need for further refinement of the complex relationship between diaspora communities, and their transnational social networks. Second, the potential benefits of diaspora are not sufficiently documented, strategized and made policy relevant (Shain and Barth 2003, World Bank 2012). Research clearly shows that many diaspora mobilize to support their causes, but this often creates unevenness in outcomes, inequalities in access to resources and it can inhibit a cohesive, principled policy strategy. There is, as a result, a pressing need to develop and deepen relationships between diaspora communities and policy makers (Rae 2012, Prest et al 2009). Despite a growing body of research on the impact of diaspora, more information is required to answer the following question: what are the implications of diaspora processes, linkages and relationships for the way in which global development policies  are directed to fragile states?

Research Interests

  • Failed and Fragile States
  • Diaspora Politics
  • Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution
  • Canadian Foreign Policy
  • Risk Assessment and Early Warning (
  • Development Policy and Aid Effectiveness
  • Conflict Analysis

Current Projects

  • Sequencing Fragile States Transitions
  • Fragile States Rankings and Profiles
  • Diaspora Politics and Civil Society
  • Conflict Prediction and Early Warning
  • Crimea
  • Editor - Canadian Foreign Policy Journal (Routledge)
  • Executive Director


Since 07/1994 Carleton University, CA
The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs
Full Professor

Selected Publications

Carment, David / Samy, Teddy (2013). 'The Future of War: Understanding Fragile States', in Ingo Trauschweizer and Steven M. Miner (eds.), Failed States and Fragile Societies: A New World Disorder?, Ohio University Press, 3–27.

Carment, David / Samy, Teddy / Landry, Joe (2013). 'Transitioning Fragile States: A Sequencing Approach', Fletcher Forum of World Affairs 37 (2):125–51.

Carment, David / Milana Nikolko and Dacia Douhaibi (2013). 'Canadian Foreign Policy and Africa’s Diaspora', in Samy, Y. and Medhora, R. (eds.), Canada Among Nations: Canada African Relations (Volume 27), CIGI Press.

Carment, David (2013). 'Diasporas, Fragile States and Remittances', Ethnopolitics 12(2), 201–19, (with Teddy Samy, Dacia Douhaibi , Brandon Lum and Milana Nikolko).

Carment, David (2009). Security, Development and the Fragile State: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Policy, Routledge Press (with Teddy Samy and Stewart Prest).

Carment, David / bercuson, David (eds.) (2007). Canada in The World: Demography, Diaspora, Domestic Politics and Canadian Foreign Policy, McGill Queen’s University Press.

Carment, David / Rudner, Martin (2006). Peacekeeping Intelligence: New Players Extended Boundaries, Routledge.

Carment, David / James, Patrick / Taydas, Zeynep (2006). Who Intervenes? Ethnic Conflict and Interstate Crises, Ohio State University Press.

Carment, David (2004). From Rhetoric to Reality, Conflict Prevention, Institutions and Organizations, Lexington Books. (with Albrecht Schnabel)

Carment, David / Schnabel, Albrecht (eds.) (2003). Conflict Prevention: Grand Illusion or Path to Peace?, Tokyo: United Nations University Press.

Carment, David / Harvey, Frank (2000). Using Force to Prevent Ethnic Violence: An Evaluation of Theory And Evidence, Praeger Press.

Carment, David / James, Patrick (eds.) (1998). Peace in the Midst of Wars: Managing and Preventing International Ethnic Conflicts, Columbia: University of South Carolina Press.

Carment, David / James, Patrick (eds.) (1997). Wars in the Midst of Peace: The International Politics of Ethnic Conflict, Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • PhD Seminar in Reserach Methods and Research Design (current)
  • Graduate Seminar in Conflict Mediation and Resolution (current)
  • Graduate Seminar in Bargaining and Negotiation (current)
  • Graduate Seminar in Conflict Management
  • Graduate Seminar in Development and Policy
  • Graduate Seminar in Candain Foreign Policy

Expertise and Consulting Work

  • Principal Investigator – Country Indicators for Foreign Policy – research, training, outreach, policy consultations and publications on fragile states, aid allocation, conflict prevention, sequencing interventions, and democracy and governance (see
  • DND-DRDC Government of Canada - Failed States Modeling Initiative (ongoing)
  • CIDA funded initiative on mainstreaming research on failed and fragile states into policy making, principal investigator (see
  • DAC-OECD working on group on fragile states – Member of advisory group
  • Contract work on “Sequencing and Timing of State Fragility Processes,” presented at the Centre for Global Development, Conference on Fragile States, Washington DC, September 2009 (with Teddy Samy)
  • Forum on Early Warning and Early Response - Board Member (2001-2003)
  • European Union Project on Crisis Prevention and Protection of the Individual, provision of structural and events-based data and analysis for countries covered by the EU’s CFSP (2003-2005)
  • Lead Researcher and Trainer for UNDP’s CIDP Human Security Initiative for training in conflict monitoring in Crimea (2007-2008)
  • Expert Analyst for the development of RCMP/CISC’s Strategic Early Warning System, Sentinel and Briefs (see (2005-2006)
  • Expert Advisor for the Conflict Prevention Network’s SWP-Berlin programme on “Mainstreaming Conflict Prevention” (2000-2001)
  • Expert Analyst -  for the Multinational Experiments 3 and 4 on Effects-Based Operations through the Canadian Forces Experimental Centre (DND). Tasks include supervision of researchers, contribution to objectives of MNE 3 and 4 and timelines of the experiment (2003-2006)
  • Editor Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, recent issues:
    17.1 The Regional Dimensions of Conflict in Afghanistan
    17.2 Diasporas and Remittances
    17.3 The F35-Right for Canada?
    18.1 Canada-US Relations (Fulbright special issue)
    18.2 Canada and the International Politics of Secession
    18.3 Canada–Asia: After the Pivot
    19.1 Making Canada Relevant Again: International Mediation in a Fragile World
    19.2 Cybersecurity
    19.3 Canada and Global Governance

Seminars and Conferences

  • "A Typology of State Failure", presented at ISA 2014 with Teddy Samy and Peter Tikuisis
  • “Sequencing State fragility processes” presented at ISA 2014, with Joe Landry, Scott Shaw and Teddy Samy
  • “Diasporas and Canadian Foreign Policy”, paper presented at International Studies Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, Spring 2012 (with Teddy Samy, Brandon Lum, Dacia Douhaibi, Milana Nikolko)
  • "Sequencing of State Fragility", paper presented at International Studies Association Annual Meetin, San Diego, CA, Spring 2012 (with Teddy Samy)
  • "Diasporas and Remittances", presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Nationalities, Columbia University, April 2011 (with Milana Nikolko, Brandon Lum and Teddy Samy)
  • “Security, Development and the Fragile State”, a presentation to CIPS, at the University of Ottawa, January 2010 (with Teddy Samy)
  • “Sequencing and Timing of State Fragility Processes”, presented at the Centre for Global Development, Conference on Fragile States, Washington DC, September 2009 (with Teddy Samy)
  • “Extent and Sources of State Fragility and Failure”, presented at a Conference on Preventing and Rebuilding Failed States Amid Global Economic Crisis: What are Realistic Options for U.S. Policy? Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity, Woodrow Wilson International Centre, Washington, DC, June 2009
  • "Social Capital in Multiethnic Crimea", presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Nationalities, Columbia University, April 2009 (with Milana Nikolko)
  • “Predicting State Failure”, paper presented at International Studies Association, San Francisco, March 2008 (with Stewart Prest, Teddy Samy and Liz St. Jean) (contribution to Folke Bernadotte Working Group on Conflict Prevention)
  • “The Role of Regional Organizations in implementing R2P for the Prevention of Ethnic Conflict and Genocide”, paper presented at a conference on R2P and conflict prevention, Genocide Prevention centre, CUNY, NYC, March 2008
  • “Risk Analysis and Early Warning: Open Source Tools for the Intelligence Community”, presented at the National Defence Intelligence College, Washington, DC, March 2008


  • Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute (CDFAI) Fellow (since 2004)
  • Research Affiliate with the National Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies, Otago University (current)


  • NATO Fellow
  • 2013-2014: SSHRCC Connections Grant for Global Governance and Canadian Foreign Policy (Principal Investigator), 40,000.00
  • 2011-2014: SSHRCC grant for Failed and Fragile States (Principal Investigator), 44,000.00
  • 2012: SSHRCC Connection Grant for Canadian And Asia (Principal Investigator), 12,500
  • 2012: DND-SDF Workshop Grant (Principal Investigator ), 8,800.00
  • 2012: CIDA Policy Branch Grant for Research on Failed and Fragile States, 18,170.00
  • 2008-2009: Faculty of Public Affairs, Carleton University Research Achievement Award, for research on “Failed and Fragile States: Theory and Evidence”, $10,000.00 (co-applicant with Teddy Samy)
  • 2003-2004: Carleton Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2000-2001: Fellow in International Affairs at the Belfer Center in Science and International Affairs, JFK School of Government, Harvard. Affiliated with the Program on Conflict Prevention and Intrastate Conflict
  • CIFP Failed and Fragile States (contribution agreement from CIDA, 549,00)

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