Jonathan M. Sears
Associate Dean, Menno Simons College
Associate Professor of International Development Studies (@UW)
Affiliate Faculty of Political Studies (@CMU)
International Development Studies (@UWinnipeg)
MA Peacebuilding and Collaborative Development (@CMU)
Political Studies (@CMU)
MS114, 520 Portage Ave.
As Associate Dean of Menno Simons College (MSC), Jon Sears supports the operation of Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) programs affiliated with the University of Winnipeg: Conflict Resolution Studies (CRS) and International Development Studies (IDS).
Jon approaches International Development Studies and Comparative Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa in English, et en Français from a multi-disciplinary background in political studies, philosophy, and anthropology.
Areas of Teaching
Development: Ethics, Aid Policies, Development Theory, African Politics, Political Theory,
PhD, Political Studies, Queens University (Kingston, ON), 2007; MA, Political Philosophy, Brock University (St. Catharines, ON), 1999; BA, Honours Anthropology, Saint Thomas University (Fredericton, NB), 1994
Work in Detail
Menno Simons College Campus
Current | Upcoming
- Development Aid Policy and Practice (next: Fall 2022)
- Introduction to International Development Studies (next: Winter 2023)
- Development Ethics
- Senior Seminar in IDS | MA PCD Seminar in Social Change: IDS
- Regional Development Issues: West African Sahel
- Development Theory
- Honours IDS Thesis
- Crisis, Humanitarian Aid, and Development
- Conflict and Construction of the Other (Conflict Resolution Studies & IDS)
CMU Shaftesbury Campus
- Global Politics (next: Fall 2022)
- Comparative Politics of Development: Africa
- Gender and Politics
- Social and Political Philosophy
- MA PCD Seminar in Social Change: IDS
- 2022: "Development and Peacebuilding." In B. Charbonneau and M. Ricard, eds. Routledge Handbook of African Peacebuilding.
- Forthcoming: "State Legitimacy in Mali: Crisis, Contest, (Re)construction." In Peace Research: The Canadian Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies. Special Issue.
- 2021: In Le coup d'état au Mali. Co-dirigé par Bruno Charbonneau et Tatiana Smirnova
Bulletin du Centre FrancoPaix en résolution des conflits et missions de paix | Vol. 6 no 1-2 pdf
- «La transition au Mali: entre transformation et statu quo»
- A draft English version "Between transformation and status quo: Mali's modus vivendi transition 2020–2022." pdf
- «Entretien avec Moustapha Dicko, ancien ministre sous les présidences d'Alpha Oumar Konaré et d'Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta»
- 2019: Renforcer l'impact du Bureau du vérificateur général du Mali / Strengthening the Impact of Mali's Office of the Auditor General, février.
- NOTE DE POLITIQUE Projet Mali, Montréal, Centre FrancoPaix, Chaire Raoul-Dandurand en études stratégiques et diplomatiques.
- 2018: "On the brink: why 2019 may be another bad year for beleaguered Mali." The Conversation. Dec. 4
- 2018 "Mali faces a turning point as the country prepares for legislative poll," The Conversation. Sep 23.
- 2018: "Mali's next president: some 'what ifs' for the 2018 elections," The Conversation. July25.
- Mali's 2018 elections: a turning point?: Bulletin FrancoPaix, Vol. 3 No. 4 – April 2018.
- 2017: 'Unmet Hopes to Govern Mali's persistent Crisis.' Centre FrancoPaix A Stabilizing Mali Project Report. August. https://dandurand.uqam.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2017/10/Sears-Report-English.pdf;
- 2016: (co-Authored with Bruno Charbonneau). "Defending Neoliberal Mali: French Military Intervention and the Management of Contested Political Narratives." In The Politics of International Intervention: The Tyranny of Peace. Eds, Florian Kuhn and Mandy Turner. New York: Routledge. www.routledge.com/products/9781138891272
- 2014: (co-Authored with Bruno Charbonneau). « Faire la guerre pour un Mali démocratique: l'intervention militaire française et la gestion des possibilités politiques contestées». Revue canadienne de science politique, vol. 47, no. 3 dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0008423914000924
- 2014. (co-Authored with Bruno Charbonneau). "Fighting for Liberal Peace in Mali? The Limits of International Military Intervention." Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, Vol. 8, Issue 2-3 (double issue) www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17502977.2014.930221
- 2013. "Seeking sustainable legitimacy: Existential challenges for Mali", International Journal: Canada's Journal of Global Policy Analysis, 68(3), 444-453. ijx.sagepub.com/content/68/3/444.full.pdf+html
- "Peacebuilding between Canadian Values and Local Knowledge: Some Lessons from Timbuktu." In Charbonneau, B. and Cox, W. eds. Locating Global Order: American Power and Canadian Security After 9/11 Vancouver: University of British Columbia (UBC) Press. 2010.
Jon seeks to place events in Mali and Sahelian Africa in historical and cultural context as the focus of recent writing, and as part of ongoing investigation of how citizen identity in African contexts is rooted in multiple cultures, and how these political cultures are affected by responses by individuals and groups to economic and political liberalization, and post-conflict peaceabuildng at the interface of international and national actors and institutions.
Related are Jon's other research engagements and projects,
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