Keith Spicer
Nationality: Canada

Keith Spicer Current Position within UPEACE:

  • Director of Institute for Media, Peace and Security. His job consists of defining and following a strategy to study and teach the many interactions between media, conflict, peace and security. He supervises all the Institute's activities, the central one being the design, production and delivery of academic and training courses in the above field. 

Education and Qualifications

  • Honours B.A. in modern languages and literatures (French and Spanish, University of Toronto)
  • Diplôme de l'Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris
  • Ph.D. in political science (University of Toronto; thesis on Canada's development aid program overseas)

Work Experience

  • Visiting lecturer (seminar on national Internet strategies) at the Sorbonne, University of Paris (currently)
  • Associate of Ernst & Young Canada in Paris, specializing in telecommunications and Internet issues (1996-2000)
  • Chairman of a government-appointed constitutional enquiry commission called the Citizens' Forum on Canada's Future (1990-91, on leave of absence from the CRTC)
  • Former chairman of Canada's broadcasting and telecommunications regulatory body, the CRTC (1989-96)
  • Editor-in-chief of the daily newspaper The Ottawa Citizen
  • Television public affairs host
  • Syndicated columnist
  • Editorial-writer at the Toronto Globe and Mail
  • Professor of political science and international relations at several Canadian and U.S. universities (University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, Dartmouth College (New Hampshire), York University, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA, 1997, teaching Internet issues in an international context and the role of media in ethnocultural wars)
  • Head of a communications seminar company called the Spicer Communications Group Inc. (1980s)
  • Canada's first Commissioner of Official Languages, a national ombudsman post for English and French language rights (1970 and 1977)

Courses/Subjects Taught

  • Political and International Relations
  • National Internet Strategies
  • Internet issues in an international context
  • The role of media in ethnocultural wars


  • Two books on political and international issues
  • Two books on communications theory

Responsibilities at UPEACE

  • Director, Institute for Media, Peace and Security