Aurel Braun is Professor of International Relations and Political Science at the University of Toronto. He is also a Fellow of Trinity College at the University of Toronto. He has twice been appointed a Visiting Scholar at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. In March 2009, the Federal Cabinet, via a Governor-in-Council appointment, made Professor Braun the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development (Rights & Democracy), Canada, for a three-year term. In December 2012 Aurel Braun was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Governor General of Canada for academic excellence and the distinction he brought to the nation. He has published extensively on strategic studies, international relations and communist affairs with a special focus on the problems of the transformation of the socialist systems in the former Soviet Union and in Eastern Europe. He is also a specialist in international law. He is the author and/or editor of several books. These include among others: NATO-Russia Relations in the 21st Century; Dilemmas of Transition; The Extreme Right: Freedom and Security at Risk; and, The Soviet-East European Relationship in the Gorbachev Era: The Prospects for Adaptation. He has written more than 50 scholarly articles and has contributed more than two dozen chapters to collections of scholarly works. His project on "The Russian Diaspora and the Prospect for Large-Scale Violence" was published by The Council on Foreign Relations. During the past two decades, Professor Braun has lectured widely around the world. He is the winner of the PECSU Award for Teaching Excellence at the University of Toronto. He has appeared frequently on national television and radio. He contributes often to national newspapers. He has been asked to testify numerous times before parliamentary committees in Ottawa. He has also participated in the Congressional Program in the United States under the auspices of the Aspen Institute. He received his Ph.D. in international relations from the London School of Economics.
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