In Galway last week, Dr Mario Silva successfully defended his doctoral thesis entitled Failed and Failing States: Causes and Conditions.
|Annyssa Bellal, Mario Silva, Payam Akhavan (by videolink) and myself.|
The external examiner was Professor Payam Akhavan of McGill University and the internal examiner was Dr Annyssa Bellal.
Mario Silva has had a distinguished career in public life in Canada that includes three terms in the House of Commons. He is currently the Canadian representative on the Task Force for International Co-operation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research, and will assume its chairmanship in 2013.
The oral examination took place on his birthday. Congratulations, Mario, on both counts.