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Serena Laverty

Serena Laverty

Serena Laverty is a student at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in the Master of Arts in Global Governance program. She recently graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Peace and Conflict Studies and Psychology. Throughout her undergraduate experience, Serena had the opportunity to study in a variety …

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Brandon Dickson

Brandon Dickson

Brandon Dickson is a PhD student at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. His research focuses on the intersection of education, politics and history through memory and education programming in the wake of mass atrocities. His past research has focused on the contexts of post-genocide Rwanda and the transatlantic slave trade. Brandon has worked in …

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Abdiasis Issa

Abdiasis Issa

Abdiasis Issa is a PhD Candidate and Doctoral Fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. His research interests include United Nations and African Union peace operations, regional security governance, security regionalism and the interplay of international and regional organizations in peacebuilding, managing conflict,  and global governance. His dissertation examines the United Nations-African Union strategic …

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Trevor McCrisken

Trevor McCrisken

Trevor McCrisken’s research and teaching interests are in US foreign policy and US politics with a focus on the use of US military force, counterterrorism, national security policy and the ideational bases for US foreign policy. His current major research project focuses on the narratives constructed around the use of drones for ‘targeted killing’. He is …

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Philip Boyle

Sociology & Legal Studies
University of Waterloo

Mark Raymond

Mark Raymond

Mark Raymond is the Wick Cary Associate Professor of International Relations and the Director of the Cyber Governance and Policy Center at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author of Social Practices of Rule-Making in World Politics (New York: Oxford University Press, 2019). His work appears in various academic journals including International Theory, the …

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Jacob Benjamin

Jacob is a Ph.D. student at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the University of Waterloo, specializing in Conflict and Security. His research looks at intensifying strategic competition in the South China Sea and the Indo-Pacific more broadly. Jacob assesses the Indo-Pacific strategies of various countries, ranging from Vietnam, France, to Canada. Academically, Jacob …

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Kankshi Amin

Kankshi Amin is a recent honours graduate from Queen’s University with an undergraduate degree in sociology as well as a certificate in law from the faculty of law. Kankshi has several work experiences in charity and non-profit organizations which led to an interest in social aid and betterment. During her undergraduate career, she worked for …

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Larissa Varella

Larissa Varella holds a Master of Science’s Degree in Global Health from Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from IBMEC-RJ (Brazil), both focusing on the influence of the securitization logic within post-2000 global policies for infectious disease control. Between her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Larissa has had the opportunity to …

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Fahd Shah

Fahd Shah completed his bachelor’s in arts at the University of Toronto in 2021. He chose to specialize in political science, and focused mainly on international relations, and political economy. Fahd studied the intricacies of political economy both through a theoretical, and practical lens. Fahd also thoroughly focused on the topic of labour, how a …

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