Experts

Scholar | Capacity Building

Adib Bencherif

Scholar | Capacity Building
Adib Bencherif is an Assistant Professor at the School of Applied Politics of the University of Sherbrooke. He teaches courses in applied political science and courses on Africa and the Middle East. He is also a research associate at the Sahel Research Group of the Center for African Studies of the University of Florida, as well as at the UNESCO-PREV Chair and at the Centre Francopaix of the Chaire Raoul-Dandurand at UQAM. He obtained his PhD from the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the Sahel Research Group at the University…
Jessy Benoit

Jessy Benoit

Emerging Scholar
Jessy Benoit is a doctoral student in political science at the University of Québec in Montréal under the supervision of Jacques Lévesque. His research interests focus on Russian, Turkish and Iranian foreign policy as well as on the geopolitics of Eurasia.
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Chloé Berland

Emerging Scholar
Chloé Berland is a Master's candidate in Political Science – Public and International Affairs at the Université de Montréal. Born in São Paulo (Brazil) and having lived there for most of her childhood, Chloé moved to Montreal to pursue her university studies. She is interested in security studies and international power dynamics, but also in issues of nationalism, ethnicity and gender. As part of her Master's degree, Chloé completed an internship with the Research Network on Peace Operations (ROP), and was also an intern at the International Bureau for Children's Rights (IBCR), where she was able to develop skills in…
Bian Junru

Junru Bian

Emerging Scholar
Junru is a doctoral student at the School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa, under the supervision of Dr. Marie-Ève Desrosiers. His research focuses on the identities, perceptions and practices of constituents within the humanitarian aid, peacekeeping and development sectors in crisis environments. As part of his research, he interviews different conflict interveners to understand their everyday experiences working in crisis environments. After living in Russia, Afghanistan and most of Central Asia, Junru moved to Canada for his Bachelor’s degree in International Studies at Bishop’s University. His undergraduate thesis focused on cash-based relief programming in post-emergency scenarios. Prior to completing…

Louise Blais

Advisory Board
Louise Blais was Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations from 2017 to 2021, responsible for the 2030 Agenda and the campaign for the Security Council. She also served on the UNICEF Executive Board where she was elected as Vice-Chair in 2019. Appointed co-facilitator by the President of the UN General Assembly, she led the negotiations for the resolution of the 31st Special Session on COVID-19. She began her career as an Art Theft Analyst at Interpol. She then served as Program Manager for the National Archives Development Program from 1992-1996 before joining the Department of Foreign…

Laurent Borzillo

Postdoctoral Intern
Laurent Borzillo is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Political Science at UQAM and at RAS, supervised by Justin Massie. The postdoctoral position is linked to the CEPEL (Centre d'Etudes Politiques de l'Europe Latine) of the University of Montpellier and the DGRIS of the French Ministry of the Armed Forces (Ambassador Program). He holds a doctorate/Ph.D in political science between the Universities of Montpellier and Montreal (2020) and is the director of the Defence and Strategy Forum. His research interests focus on security and military cooperation in Europe, transatlantic relations, contemporary military interventions as well as the defence policies…
Jean-Christophe Boucher

Jean-Christophe Boucher

Scholar | International Organisations
Jean-Christophe Boucher is an Assistant Professor at the School of Public Policy and Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary. Dr. Boucher is a co-lead of the Canadian Network on Information and Security, funded by the Department of National Defence. He is also a director of research in civil-military relations at the Canadian Defence and Security Network funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council. His COVID research is funded by Alberta Innovates. Dr. Boucher is a fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; a research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Security and Development…
Yolande Bouka

Yolande Bouka

Scholar | Capacity Building
Yolande Bouka is (Ph.D. American University) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University. She has worked with and offered support to USAID, the UK Department for International Development, the United Nations, the African Union, the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the United States Institute of Peace.  Her research and teaching focus on gender, African politics and security, political violence, and field research ethics in conflict-affected societies.  Her current research is a multi-sited historical and political analysis of female combatants in Southern Africa. Her previous research which is now a book manuscript In…

Guillaume Boulianne

Emerging Scholar
Guillaume Boulianne is a master's student in International Studies, International Security profile, at the École supérieure d'études internationales of Laval University. He holds a bachelor's degree in music from the Conservatoire de musique de Saguenay. His career as a military reservist in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve led him to develop a passion for national and international security issues. His master's thesis, directed by Prof. Eytan Tepper and BGen(ret) Richard Giguère, deals with the inadequacies of international space law in the area of space weaponry.
Philippe Bourbeau

Philippe Bourbeau

Scientific Board
Philippe Bourbeau is the first Director of the Graduate School in International Studies at the University Laval. Bourbeau is Chairholder of the Canada Research Chair in Immigration and Security and Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University Laval. His work adopts a multidisciplinary approach to international issues. He has published articles on the securitization of migration, the power of numbers in global governance, resilience as applied to world politics, the practice approach in international relations, and a multidisciplinary theorization of security. His most recent books include On Resilience, Genealogy, Logics and World Politics (Cambridge University Press,…