Dr. Alex Wilner is a Senior Research Affiliate and Visiting Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, where he teaches a course on global security and international relations with the Munk School's Master of Global Affairs (MGA) program.

Born in Montreal, Alex completed his doctorate in 2008 at Dalhousie University and holds a Master's degree, also from Dalhousie, and a Bachelor's degree from McGill University. Between 2009 and 2013, Alex was a Senior Researcher at the Center for Security Studies (CSS) at the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in Switzerland. He originally joined the CSS after having been awarded a Trans-Atlantic Post-Doc Fellowship for International Relations and Security (TAPIR) in 2008.

Alex's research on deterrence theory and counterterrorism has been awarded numerous scholarships and grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Department of National Defence (DND), and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). He has published on a variety of subjects including deterrence theory, targeted killings and drone warfare, Canadian foreign and defence policy, political radicalization, countering homegrown and international terrorism, and Israeli-Iranian relations. He has published scholarly articles in Security Studies (forthcoming, 2013/14); Journal of Strategic Studies, Comparative Strategy, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Canadian Naval Review, Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, International Journal, and elsewhere. His op/eds and commentaries have appeared in the BBC, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, EmbassyMagazine, The Ottawa Citizen, and in other outlets.He is the co-editor (and contributor) of Deterring Terrorism: Theory and Practice (Stanford University Press, 2012) and has a book on deterring terrorism and targeted killings in Afghanistan currently under review with a major University pres (2013).

Alex Wilner's work for MLI


From Rehabilitation to Recruitment, by Alex Wilner, October 18, 2010


Why a Modi win in India will become a headache for Canada, in the Globe and Mail, April 14, 2014

The challenge of counterterrorism, in the Ottawa Citizen, Feb. 2, 2014

Ballistic missile defence – an idea whose time has come, in Frontline Magazine (with Brian Lee Crowley), Nov. 19, 2013

France's Africa links may have spared allies, in Embassy, Feb. 20, 2013

Bulgarian bomb report in hand, EU must now cripple Hezbollah, in the Globe and Mail, Feb. 6, 2013

Deterrence through disclosure, in Embassy, Feb. 10, 2012

Canada's mission to Libya – the sequel, in Embassy, Dec. 1, 2011

Getting ahead of prison radicalization, in the Globe and Mail, Oct. 18, 2010