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Eric Hubberstey

Eric Hubberstey

Eric is a PhD student in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. He specializes in the study of international organizations, and the effect that these institutions have on cultural, social, and economic development within states. Specifically, Eric’s primary focus is on the European Union (EU), its institutions, and how they interact with …

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Sascha Simon

Sascha Simon

Sascha Simon is an exchange student from the University of Konstanz where he completed his studies in Politics & Public Administration in 2019/20. He is now continuing to study a double-degree master programme at Gothenburg University (in cooperation with the University of Konstanz) in 2021/22. While studying at BSIA in Waterloo, Sascha continues his role …

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Mohamed Soufan

Mohamed Soufan is a PhD student at the Balsillie School of International Affairs at the University of Waterloo. He is an interdisciplinary researcher with specialized focus on the intersections of security, technology (surveillance and AI), and migration in the Middle East with a regional focus on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict post year-2000. Mohamed specializes on the …

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Jacob Ahearn

Jacob Ahearn graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours, Distinction) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) in 2020. While at Queen’s, Jacob primarily took courses in Canadian politics, global political economy, and macroeconomics. For his fourth year global political economy seminar, Jacob wrote a paper that used a Gramscian hegemonic analysis to …

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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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István Kéry

István earned an Honours Bachelor degree in Applied Economics and Global Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University, which provided academic grounding in a wide variety of political, economic, and social issues considered through interdisciplinary lenses. His academic and research interests are now focused on environmental public policies and the barriers communities encounter that prevent swift and …

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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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Drake Kindred

Drake Kindred is a Master of Internatinal Public Policy Candidate specializing in Human Security and International Environmental Policy at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Drake is a recent graduate from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts [Honours Double Major] in Political Science and Psychology. During his undergraduate studies he developed …

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