Conflict and Security

Mark Pompilii

Mark Pompilii

Mark’s academic research interests have centered around political science. As an undergraduate student Mark received an Honors Specialization in Political Science from Kings University College at Western University (2021). Following this, Mark recently received a Master of Arts in Political Science from Western University where he specialized in Canadian Politics (2022). Upon completion of his […]

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Claudia Gallant

Claudia Gallant

Claudia Gallant 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 Western Ontario with an Honours Bachelor of Arts, Political Science. Throughout her undergraduate experience, Claudia had the opportunity to study and explore a variety of disciplines including

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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 critically examines the United Nations-African Union

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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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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 Benjamin

Jacob is a Ph.D. candidate at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the University of Waterloo. Jacob is currently the Global Affairs Canada 2023-2024 Margaret Meagher Fellow. As the Margaret Meagher fellow, Jacob works to deepen the Government of Canada’s understanding of China. Jacob holds an M.A. in Political Science from the University of

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Shawn O’Connor

Shawn O’Connor is from St. Marys in Southwestern Ontario. He holds a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management from Carleton University, where he specialized in Global Economic Relations and completed a Minor in Economics. Shawn was awarded the University Medal for graduating with the highest standing in his program. During his undergrad, Shawn focused

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