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Matthew Rainsford

Matthew Rainsford

Student Collaborators
Matthew Rainsford is a fifth year undergraduate student at Bishop’s University, pursuing an honours in Political Studies and a major in International Relations. Matthew was a part of the 2020 Model United Nations Delegation and represented Bishop’s University at the Political Science Games for the first through third years of his studies. Matthew runs the Bishop’s University Debate society, while also being the director of human resources at Bishop’s university’s entrepreneurship club; Enactus. In the fourth year of his studies, Matthew was hired to be a coordinator for the fourth edition of the Quebec Undergraduate Security Conference under the supervision…

Camille Raymond

Collaborator
Camille Raymond is a Policy Officer in the Assistant Deputy Minister (Policy) organization of the Department of National Defence. She holds a master's degree in Political Science from the University of Quebec in Montreal, under the supervision of Justin Massie. Her master's research was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Department of National Defence's MINDS program. Her thesis focused on the adaptation of Canadian defence and foreign policy to power transitions. Her research interests include Canadian foreign and defence policy, NORAD modernization, Canada-US relations, and Canadian military contributions. She has also worked…

Yf Reykers

Collaborator
Yf Reykers is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Maastricht University. Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Leuven International and European Studies Institute at KU Leuven. He studies issues relating to the accountability of multinational military operations, rapid response mechanisms and inter-organizational dynamics. His work has been published in, amongst others, Cooperation and Conflict, Contemporary Security Policy, European Security, International Peacekeeping and Parliamentary Affairs. He is co-editor of the volume Multinational Rapid Response Mechanisms: From Institutional Proliferation to Institutional Exploitation (2019, Routledge Global Institutions Series).

Gaëlle Rivard Piché

Scientific Board
Dr. Gaëlle Rivard Piché is a strategic analyst with Defence Research and Development Canada where she works closely with the Canadian Armed Forces, providing direct decision-making support through evidence-based research on a wide range of topics. She is currently a fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (Carleton University), where she completed her Ph.D. in International Affairs in 2017. She is also a guest lecturer at the Canadian Forces College and works as a consultant for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on security sector reform and peace operations. During her doctoral studies, Dr. Rivard Piché was a Fulbright…

Rhita Ronda

Collaborator
Rhita Ronda is a Policy Officer in the Assistant Deputy Minister's Branch of the Department of National Defence. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Public Affairs and International Relations from Laval University and a Master's degree in International Studies with a concentration in cultures, conflicts and peace from the University of Montreal. She completed her internship under the supervision of Professor Marie-Joëlle Zahar. Before starting her master’s degree, she completed an intership at the Bureau of the United Nations and International Organizations of the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She also worked as a research assistant at Queen's University and…

Emmanuelle Rousseau

Emerging Scholar
Emmanuelle Rousseau is a PhD student in Political Science at the Université de Montréal. She is also a Junior Fellow of the Defence and Security Foresight Group at the University of Waterloo. Her doctoral project, financed by the Quebec Research Fund – Society and Culture, deals with diplomatic contestation in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the East-West dynamics in cooperative security within the OSCE region. She holds a master's degree in International Relations Governance and a Diploma of political studies in conflict management from Science po Toulouse, a BA in Russian Studies from the Université de…

Stéphane Roussel

Scholar | Great Powers
Stéphane Roussel is Professor of political science at Ecole nationale d’Administration publique (ENAP). From 2002 to 2012, he was Professor at the University of Québec in Montréal (UQAM) and Canada Research Chair on Canadian Foreign and Defence Policy. His research interests relate to Canadian foreign and defence policy, with particular emphasis on the relations with the United States and European countries. He has also developed an expertise in related fields, such as international relations theory and military history. His work has been published in several journals, including American Review of Canadian Studies, Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, International Journal, Paix et…

Ben Rowswell

Scientific Board
Ben Rowswell has been President and Research Director of the Canadian International Council since November 2018.Prior to the CIC, Ben served as Canada’s Ambassador to Venezuela from 2014 to 2017. This capped a 25 year career as a professional diplomat including assignments in Canada’s embassies to Egypt, to the United States, and in Canada’s Permanent Mission to the UN. He served Canada’s first diplomatic envoy to Baghdad, Iraq, after the fall of Saddam Hussein from 2003 to 2005, as Deputy Ambassador to Afghanistan and as head of the NATO Provincial Reconstruction Team in Kandahar between 2008 and 2010.As a practitioner…
Chiara Ruffa

Chiara Ruffa

Collaborator
Chiara Ruffa is Academy fellow at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University and associate professor in War Studies at the Swedish Defense University. Chiara's research focuses on civil-military relations and state militaries in nonconventional operations (such as peacekeeping and search and rescue). Her work has been published in the European Journal of International Relations, Security Studies, Acta Sociologica, Armed Forces and Society, Security and Defence Analysis, Small Wars and Insurgencies, Comparative European Politics, and several edited volumes. Her first book Military Cultures in Peace and Stability Operations was published with the University of Pennsylvania Press in…

Stephen Saideman

Scientific Board
Stephen Saideman holds the Paterson Chair in International Affairs at Carleton University's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. He is also the Director of the Canadian Defence and Security Network, which has led to his co-hosting Battle Rhythm, the CDSN’s podcast. His main area of research is International Security, defined broadly.  For much of his career, he focused on the international relations of intervention: why do groups and countries get involved in conflicts elsewhere in the world, how do they engage in such efforts, and to what effect. Recently, he has spent most of his time comparing the civil-military relations…