Keith Spicer has lived in Paris since 1996, the first four
years as an associate of Ernst & Young specializing in Internet issues. During
this time, he has been a visiting lecturer at the Sorbonne, mainly on national
He is also a frequent speaker and
writer on French affairs, as well as on the role of media in international conflict
and peace-building. In 2001 he founded, and has run as director, the Institute
for Media, Peace and Security of the UN-linked University for Peace. As of September
2006, he remains a faculty member and assists the University with advice and occasional
teaching on media, conflict and peace. His main activity is now writing books,
and regular columns for The Ottawa Citizen and the Paris monthly Illisos:
la liberté en action, of which he is a member of the editorial board.
Living almost next door to the Jardin du Luxembourg -- a haunt of his student
days -- he continues to entertain the fantasy that Canada, and perhaps a tolerable
version of the meaning of life, may well be hiding among the trees and fountains
and statues of that magic place.