Kyle Matthews / @kylecmatthews

Senior Deputy Director, Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies

Kyle Matthews is the Senior Deputy Director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University and a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. At Concordia he founded the Digital Mass Atrocity Preventing Lab to counter online extremism and study how social media platforms are being used as a weapon of war. He works closely with the Canadian All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and has advised Members of Parliament on issues related to international peace and security. He is a member of the Global Diplomacy Lab and recently joined the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s advisory board on transatlantic cooperation for atrocity prevention. He previously worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, where he was posted to the Southern Caucasus (Tbilisi), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa) and Switzerland (Geneva). Prior to that he worked for CARE Canada in Albania and later at its headquarters in Ottawa. In 2011 he joined the New Leaders program at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. He is a member of the University Club of Montreal, the Montreal Press Club, the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations and the Federal Idea, a think tank devoted to federalism.

Most Recent Posts


The West, ISIS and the “everywhere war”

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August 11, 2016

As the Islamic State harnesses the power of the Internet, jihad has become ‘do it yourself.’ To counter the threat of lone wolf attackers far from Iraq and Syria, governments need to take action to simultaneously disrupt ISIS’ online communications and get to the root of the problem at hand: ideology. 


Five ways to fight ISIS online

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February 24, 2015
Combating extremism requires more than military might. A digital strategy is key, but needs government, the private sector and NGOs to get onboard.

The End of Atrocity

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February 12, 2013
With no end to the conflict in Syria in sight, do the promises of "never again" after Rwanda ring hollow? Yes and no says Kyle Matthews.