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André Abel Barry

Scientific Board
André Abel Barry is an official of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). He is the Head of the "Peace and Stability" Unit in the Political Affairs and Democratic Governance Division. He also coordinates the Radio Jeunesse Sahel project. He has been responsible for legal and judicial cooperation as well as the follow-up of the support to the G5 Sahel, at the OIF headquarters in Paris (France). In particular, he coordinated the establishment of the Francophone Network for the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Extremism that could lead to terrorism (FRANCOPREV) in 2018. André has worked for more than…

Maria Aftimos

Emerging Scholar
Maria Aftimos joined the DESS in International Studies at the University of Montreal after completing her master's degree in International Relations, Security and Defence. Her research focuses on the new "Great Game" in the Middle East since 2011 from the perspective of the Land-Sea duality. She seeks to analyze the dynamics behind international and regional power rivalries in the Middle East. Maria Aftimos is also interested in the discovery of offshore oil fields in the Eastern Mediterranean and its implications both regionally and internationally.  

Tetede Babatunde François Akilatan

Emerging Scholar
T. B. François Akilatan is a PhD student in International Studies at Laval University under the co-direction of Professors Anessa Kimball and Sylvain Eloi Dessy. He holds a Master's degree in International Relations from the Eskisehir Osmangazi University (Turkey) and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin). With a keen interest in sustainable development, particularly human and business security, his doctoral project aims, from a professional perspective, to mobilize a variety of clients, namely state agencies, foreign investors, international companies and insurance companies on the perception, evaluation and prevention of terrorism risk. His research fields…
Marie-Pier Allard-Caron

Marie-Pier Allard-Caron

Student Collaborators
A graduating student at Bishop's University, Marie-Pier Allard-Caron is completing a double major in International Studies and Political Studies. She has been deeply engaged at Bishop's and in her community. She participated to the National Model United Nations (2019-2020) and to the Jeux de la Science Politique (2019, 2020).  Sha sat on the Student Representative Council as the Vice President of External Affairs, where she represented students' voices to external parties such as the Quebec government and the Quebec Student Union. She is currently serving as the Vice-President for the Politics and International Studies Association, as Head Delegate for the Model…
François Audet

François Audet

Scientific Board
Francois Audet is Professor at the School of Management (ESG) of the Université du Québec à Montréal and the scientific Director of the Canadian Research Institute on Humanitarian Crisis and Aid (OCCAH). In 2018, he became the Director of The Montreal Institute of International Studies (IEIM-UQAM). He holds a PhD in Public administration from ENAP for his research on local capacity building and the decisional process of the humanitarian organizations. He also has over fifteen years experience in humanitarian action. He was a Visiting scholar at the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) at Harvard University. He was…

Isabella Aung

Emerging Scholar
Isabella Aung is a doctoral candidate researching women’s political participation in the ongoing anti-military social media movement in Myanmar. She earned an honors degree in International Relations with a minor in Mathematics from Linfield College, Oregon, and an MA degree in Political Science from Simon Fraser University. She also completed a semester abroad in Politics, French, and Arabic at the University of Nottingham, UK, with first-class honors standing. She joined the Department of Political Studies at Queen's University as a doctoral student in September 2020. She is currently a UBC Myanmar Initiative Fellow. She holds a doctoral scholarship, funded by…

Niagalé Bagayoko

Collaborator
Niagalé Bagayoko holds a PhD in Political Science from the Institut d'Études Politiques (IEP) in Paris. Her thesis was awarded the first prize of the Institut des Hautes Études de la Défense Nationale (IHEDN). A specialist in security system reform (SSR) in Francophone Africa, international security policies in sub-Saharan Africa, and African conflict management mechanisms, she has directed the "peacekeeping and peacebuilding" program of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, after working as a researcher at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex (UK) and the Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD, France), as well…

Kim Beaulieu

Emerging Scholar
Kim Beaulieu is a master's student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Montreal. Under the supervision of Maria Martin de Almagro Iniesta and Marie-Joelle Zahar, her thesis focuses on the political dimensions underlying the adoption of feminist foreign policies. She previously completed her bachelor's degree in political science at the University of Montreal, where she was the 2018 recipient of the Killam Fellowship for Excellence.  

Philippe Beaulieu-Brossard

Scholar | Great Powers
Philippe Beaulieu-Brossard is a Marie S. Curie Fellow at the Centre for Military Studies, University of Copenhagen, an assistant professor (on leave) specializing in Defence, Security Studies and Design Theory, and the design thinking curriculum lead for O4-O5s at Canadian Forces College (CFC). Philippe is the co-founder of Innovation Methodologies for Defence Challenges (IMDC), the leading global annual convention gathering military designers, instructors, and researchers from around the world since 2016. He also successfully designed, coordinated and led two world-class design thinking exercises called Shifting Sands for 80 students supported by 8 facilitators, 11 regional experts, 6 directing staffs during…

Stéphanie Bélanger

Scholar | Capacity Building
Stéphanie Bélanger is professor in the Department of French Language, Literature and Culture at the Royal Military College of Canada where her research focuses on war testimony, soldier identity and moral injuries. She specializes in military ethics and just war theories. Dr. Bélanger is the associate scientific director of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research. She is co-editor in chief of the Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health (University of Toronto Press funded in 2015). She is programme chair for the North American Chapter of the International Society for Military Ethics as well as the co-editor…