André Simonyi

Office: Lahaie 324

Telephone : (450) 358-6777, ext. 6685898



Assistant Professor



André Simonyi, PhD, is professor of International Studies at the Royal Military College St-Jean. He works on complexity theories and systemic approaches to studying the emergence of political violence and the rise of grey zone conflicts. Globalist and ethnographer, he conducts fieldwork in diverse settings, including border zones between Ukraine and the European Union, the Sino-Russian border, and the United States, where he analyzed socio-political realities in Trump’s America conducting participant-observation research on the floor of a big box home improvement store. He is the co-editor of a book on religions and political modernity and the author of several articles and book chapters. Currently he is working on a manuscript that explores concepts linked to complex systems theory in the context of contemporary events. Graduate of the War College in Paris, he worked extensively in the field of international conflicts and wars and in various strategic planning positions.


  • POL304 – International Relations Theory
  • INT291 – Grey Zone Conflicts
  • POL425 – International Organizations and Institutions
  • INT281 – Emerging Conflicts


  • PhD, Political Studies, University of Ottawa (2013)
  • Master’s Certificate, Public Management and Governance, University of Ottawa (2005)
  • M.A, War Studies, Royal Military College of Canada (2004)
  • Diplôme d’études approfondies (DEA), Méthodes de l’histoire, de l’archéologie et de l’histoire de l’art, École pratique des hautes études (EPHE) à la Sorbonne-Paris (1999)
  • Brevet – École de Guerre – Paris, France (1999)
  • B.A., Collège militaire royal de St-Jean et Université de Sherbrooke (1984)

  • Social Complex Adaptive Systems
  • Political Violence, Grey Zone Conflicts
  • Modernity and paradigmatic change
  • Complexity theory, poststructuralism, IR and Global Studies
  • Interpretative Ethnographic Approaches
  • Systems and complexity thinking and global theories
  • Study of contemporary World Order through the study of security and political violence
  • Grey Zone Conflicts
  • Relations between the political, religious and violence realms and world systemic rearrangements
  • Continuity between metatheory, mid-range theorization and analytical frameworks

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  • "We Need to Rethink Reality: The War Nexus and Complexity." Journal of Peace and War Studies, no. Special Edition (October 2021): 106–17. (opens in new window)
  • "What is a 'Post-Soviet' Border? Space and Sovereignty in Ukraine-EU and Sino-Russian Borderlands", with Jessica Pisano, in Tone Bringa and Hege Toje, eds. Eurasian Borderlands: Spatializing Borders in the Aftermath of State Collapse, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2016, pp. 27-57.
  • "Ukraine, the Exception and the Political: Ethnographic Investigations and Theorization", Fieldsights, HotSpots, Cultural Anthropology Online, October 28, 2014. (opens in new window)
  • "The Social Lives of Borders: Political Economy at the Edge of the EU", with Jessica Pisano, in Achim Hurrelman and Joan DeBardeleben, eds. Transnational Europe: Problems, Paradoxes, Limits. Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011, pp. 222-238.
  • Recension de Généalogie des mouvements altermondialistes en Europe – Une perspective comparée, Isabelle Sommier, Olivier Fillieule and Éric Agrikolansky, eds., Édition Karthala, 2008. In Revue canadienne de science politique 42:3 (2009).
  • "Doctrine et méthode", in Libres réflexions, Objectif doctrine 34, CDES, 2002
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