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BSIA partners with American University of Sharjah to expand international studies opportunities

BSIA Director Ann Fitz-Gerald travelled to the United Arab Emirates last week to sign an MOU with American University of Sharjah (AUS) to strengthen collaboration in international studies, global governance and transnational diplomacy. The two institutions will collaborate on research, development and initiatives that provide students with dynamic international academic and experiential learning opportunities. It […]

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Photo taken through a car windshield of cars driving through flooded streets.. Driving from the airport, arriving in Dar es Salaam during the peak of Niño’s storms.

Dispatch from the United Nations Development Programme in Tanzania: Ethan Ellsmere’s second blog from the field

Photo credit: Ethan Ellsmere By Ethan Ellsmere, MIPP Moving across the world can be a challenging process. For me, it began with a 34-hour journey across 12,000km to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania through Dubai and Addis Ababa. I landed in Julius Nyerere International Airport during the peak of El Niño’s storms; the flooding across the

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Call for Expressions of Interest: Technology Governance Policy Challenge 2024

Balsillie School Students and Alumni are invited to participate in the inaugural “Technology Governance Policy Challenge”, a groundbreaking initiative organized by the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) in collaboration with the School of International Service (SIS) at the American University in Washington, D.C. This unique challenge, set to take place on April 18-19, 2024,

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Dispatch from the United Nations Development Programme in Tanzania: Ethan Ellsmere’s first blog from the field

Photo credit: Ethan Ellsmere By Ethan Ellsmere, MIPP I’ve always been interested in the data side of policy studies. Bringing to life data in meaningful ways can be impactful in countless ways – bringing insights to new developments, honing responses, belying inequalities. My work as a data & insights fellow at UNDP Tanzania has been

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Halyna Padalko standing in front of a EU parliament banner with the Ukraine and EU flag behind her.

Dispatch from the European Parliament in Brussels: Halyna Padalko’s blog from the field

Photo credit: Halyna Padalko By Halyna Padalko, MAGG What comes to your mind first when you hear the word European Parliament? For me, it’s an incredibly complex puzzle that I am still putting together. Having met a few hundred people in the Brussels bubble, I don’t know anyone who understands 100% how all the EU

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PhD Candidate Choyon Saha Successfully Defends His Dissertation

The Balsillie School community extends warm congratulations to Choyon Saha who successfully defended his dissertation, “Restricting Fossil Fuel Supply: Examining and Amplifying the Role of the Least Developed Countries’ Group in the United Nations Climate Negotiations” on January 11, 2024. We extend thanks to Choyon’s supervisor, Dr. Angela Carter, committee members Dr. Douglas Peers and

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BSIA announces TGI Steering Committee

The Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) is pleased to announce its Technology Governance Initiative (TGI) Steering Committee. Comprising members from both partner institutions with deep interests and experience in the policy and technology realms, the Committee is well-positioned to advise on this important initiative for the School. “We were very pleased with the level

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Dispatch from the United Nations Development Programme in Rwanda: Adwoa Konadu-Yiadom’s second blog from the field

Photo credit: Adwoa Kondu-Yiadom By Adwoa Kondu-Yiadom, MIPP student My ongoing volunteer with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Rwanda has offered a valuable bridge to the gap between academic knowledge and practical application. Initially, I perceived my role at the UNDP as unrelated to my academic pursuits. However, as time progressed, it became clear

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Jenna Hennebry and Allison Petrozziello stand in front of the Balsillie School sign

BSIA PhD graduate wins two prestigious awards at Laurier convocation

Warm congratulations to PhD graduate Dr. Allison Petrozziello whose hard work was recognized with two medals at Laurier’s convocation ceremony on Friday, October 13. Allison earned the prestigious Governor General’s Academic Medal (Gold), which is awarded at fall convocation to the graduate student who achieves the highest academic standing in a master’s or doctoral degree

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Balsillie School receives $5M donation to fund new Technology Governance Initiative

The Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) was the recipient of a $5 million dollar donation from the Balsillie Family Foundation for the establishment of the Technology Governance Initiative (TGI) at the School. Capitalizing on the strengths of its founding institutions – the Centre for International Governance Innovation, the University of Waterloo, and Wilfrid Laurier

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Ann Fitz-Gerald

Dr. Ann Fitz-Gerald reappointed as BSIA Director for second five-year term

The Board of Directors for the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Ann Fitz-Gerald has been reappointed as BSIA Director for a second five-year term from August 1, 2024 – July 31, 2029. Her current term runs until July 31, 2024. Ann joined the BSIA in August 2019 from

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Jenna Philips standing in a large conference room with screens and rows of seats behind her

Dispatch from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Germany: Jenna Phillips’ second blog from the field

Photo credit: Jenna Phillips By Jenna Phillips, MAGG student I am more than halfway through my internship with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. At the beginning of June, I travelled to the UNFCCC Office in Bonn, Germany to attend and support the 58th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological

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