Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
Centre for International and Defence Policy
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Dr. Stéfanie von Hlatky

Director, CIDP
Associate Professor, Political Studies
Robert Sutherland Hall, #401

Stéfanie von Hlatky is Director of the Centre for International and Defence Policy (2020; 2013-2017) at Queen's University and an associate professor in the Dept of Political Studies.  Her research focuses on NATO, armed forces, military interventions, and defence policy.

She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Université de Montréal in 2010, where she was also Executive Director for the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies. She’s held positions at Georgetown University, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Dartmouth College, ETH Zurich and was a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair at the University of Southern California’s Centre for Public Diplomacy in 2016. 

She has published in the Canadian Journal of Political Science, the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, Contemporary Security Policy, International Journal, the Journal of Global Security Studies, European Security, Asian Security, as well as the Journal of Transatlantic Studies. She has published a monograph with Oxford University Press titled American Allies in Times of War: The Great Asymmetry (2013) and four edited volumes, including The Future of US Extended Deterrence (co-edited with Andreas Wenger), Georgetown University Press (2015) and Countering Violent Extremism and Terrorism: Assessing Domestic and International Strategies, McGill-Queen’s University Press (2020). 

Stéfanie von Hlatky is the founder of Women in International Security-Canada, the Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel at the Princess of Wales’ Own Regiment and the co-host of the security and defence podcast Battle Rhythm. She has received grants and awards from NATO, the Canadian Department of National Defence, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Public Safety, the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Research and Innovation and Fulbright Canada.

Ph.D. Université de Montréal

Research Interests:

  • Military Cooperation;
  • alliances;
  • Deterrence; and 
  • Gender dynamics in the armed forces.

Selected Publications:


American Allies in Times of War: The Great Asymmetry. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Edited Volumes 

H. Christian Breede, Stéphanie Bélanger and Stéfanie von Hlatky (eds), Transhumanising War: Performance Enhancement and the Implications for Policy, Society, and the Soldier. Montreal and Kingston: McGill Queen’s University Press, 2020.

Stéfanie von Hlatky (ed), Countering Violent Extremism and Terrorism: Assessing Domestic and International Strategies. Montreal and Kingston: McGill Queen’s University Press, 2020.

Stéfanie von Hlatky and H. Christian Breede (eds). Going to War? Trends in Military Interventions. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016.

Stéfanie von Hlatky and Andreas Wenger (eds). The Future of Extended Deterrence: NATO and Beyond. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2015.

Peer Reviewed Articles

Heidi Hardt and Stéfanie von Hlatky, “NATO’s About Face: Adaptation to Gender Mainstreaming in an Alliance Setting,” Journal of Global and Security Studies 5, 1 (2020): 136-159.

Bastian Giegerich and Stéfanie von Hlatky, “Experiences May Vary: NATO and Cultural Interoperability in Afghanistan,” Armed Forces & Society (2019): 1-22.

Stéfanie von Hlatky and Justin Massie, “Ideology, Ballots, and Alliances: Canadian Participation in Multinational Military Operations,” Contemporary Security Policy (August 2018): 101-115.

Sarah-Myriam Martin-Brûlé and Stéfanie von Hlatky, “Peace First? What Is Canada’s Role in UN Operations?” International Journal, Vol. 73, Issue 2 (June 2018): 187-204.

Sara Greco and Stéfanie von Hlatky, “Soft Contributions Are Hard Commitments: NATO and Canada’s Global Security Agenda,” Canadian Foreign Policy Journal (May 2018): 273-285.

Stéfanie von Hlatky and Jeffrey Rice, “Striking a Deal on the F-35: Multinational Politics and US Defense Acquisition,” Defence Studies, Vol. 18, No. 1 (2018): 19-38.

Stéfanie von Hlatky, “Les femmes et la sécurité internationale: perspectives canadiennes,” Études Internationales, Vol. XLVIII, No. 1 (Winter 2017): 7-19.

Stéfanie von Hlatky and Jessica Trisko Darden, “Cash or Combat? America’s Asian Alliances during the War in Afghanistan” Asian Security, Vol. 10, No. 4 (2015): 31-51.

Stéfanie von Hlatky, “Burden Sharing and Collective Penny Pinching within NATO: The Implementation of Smart Defence,” Studia Diplomatica, Vol. 67, No. 3 (2014): 33-52.

Stéfanie von Hlatky, “Revisiting France’s Nuclear Exception after its ‘Return’ to NATO,” Journal of Transatlantic Studies, Vol. 12, No. 4 (2014): 391-403.

Stéfanie von Hlatky and Jessica N. Trisko, “Sharing the Burden of the Border: Layered Security Cooperation and the Canada-U.S. Frontier,” Canadian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 45, No. 1, 2012: 63-88.

Stéfanie von Hlatky, “The Rhetoric and Reality of Border Policy Coordination between Canada and the US,” International Journal, Vol. 67, No. 2, 2012: 437-443.

Stéfanie von Hlatky, “What, if Anything, Will France’s Reintegration Imply for the Alliance Debate on Nuclear Weapons?” European Security, Vol. 19, No. 1, 2010: 79-96.

Stéfanie von Hlatky, “Canada and the G8 Global Partnership: Tackling the WMD Threat,” International Journal, Vol. 65, No. 3, 2010: 153-167.

Book Chapters 

Stéfanie von Hlatky, “Analytical Challenges Linked to Military Culture in Multinational Settings,” in H. Christian Breede (ed), Culture and the Soldier: How Identities, Values, and Norms Intersect in Military Engagements (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020): 260-272.

Stéfanie von Hlatky, “WPS and NATO,” in Sara E. Davies and Jacqui True (eds), Oxford University Press Handbook on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) (New York: Oxford University Press, 2019): 364-374

Stéfanie von Hlatky, “The Gender Perspective and Canada’s Armed Forces,” in Robert Egnell and Mayesha Alam (eds), Women and Gender Perspectives in the Military: An International Comparison (Washington: Georgetown University Press, 2019): 73-86.

Jeffrey Rice and Stéfanie von Hlatky, “Trudeau the Reluctant Warrior? Canada and International Military Operations,” in Norman Hillmer and Philippe Lagassé (eds), Justin Trudeau and Canadian Foreign Policy (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018): 285-302.

Stéfanie von Hlatky, “International Security,” in Sandi J. Davies (ed), Women in the Security Profession: A Practical Guide for Career Development (Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2016): 203-208.

Stéfanie von Hlatky, “Allies by Association? The Significance of America’s Asian Alliances for NATO,” in Alexander Moens and Brooke A. Smith-Windsor (eds), NATO and Asia-Pacific (Rome: NATO Defence College Research Division, 2016): 119-132.

Stéfanie von Hlatky, “The Gender Turn in Canadian Military Interventions,” in Fen Osler Hampson and Stephen M. Saideman (eds), Canada Among Nations (Waterloo: Centre for International Governance Innovation, 2015): 161-176.

Stéfanie von Hlatky, “Strategies and Mechanisms of Regional Change,” in T.V. Paul (ed), International Relations Theory and Regional Transformation (Cambridge University Press, 2012): 289-298.


Stéfanie von Hlatky, More to Recent Summit than Trump’s Antics, OpenCanada.com, 13 July 2018. Online: https://www.opencanada.org/features/more-weeks-nato-summit-trumps-antics/

Stéfanie von Hlatky, Gender and Peacekeeping, Policy Options, 8 November 2017. Online: http://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/november-2017/gender-and-peacekeeping/

The Battle to Get More Women into the Military, National Post, 29 June 2017 (with Meagan Shoemaker). Online: http://nationalpost.com/g00/pmn/news-pmn/the-battle-to-get-more-women-into-the-military

The Battle to Get More Women into the Military, The Conversation, 28 June 2017 (with Meaghan Shoemaker). Online: http://theconversation.com/the-battle-to-get-more-women-into-the-military-79980

NATO, Deterence and What it Means for Canada, The Hill Times, 29 May 2017. Online: http://www.hilltimes.com/2017/05/29/nato-deterrence-means-canada/108272

Trump Strikes Syria, Nothing Changes, Policy Options, 11 April 2017. Online: http://policyoptions.irpp.org/fr/magazines/avril-2017/trump-strikes-syria-nothing-changes/

NATO and the Return of Deterrence, The Hill Times, 20 February 2017. Online: http://www.hilltimes.com/2017/02/20/nato-return-deterrence/96529

Diplomacy Should be at Heart of Defence Policy, The Hill Times, 29 August,2016. Online: http://www.hilltimes.com/2016/08/29/diplomacy-should-be-at-heart-of-defence-policy/78071

Our Soldiers Can’t Do It All. So What Do We Want Them to Do? iPolitics, 22 May 2016. Online: https://ipolitics.ca/2016/05/22/our-soldiers-cant-do-it-all-so-what-do-we-want-them-to-do/

NATO’s Public Diplomacy in the Grey Zone of Conflict, CPD Blog, 8 April 2016. Online: http://uscpublicdiplomacy.org/blog/nato’s-public-diplomacy-grey-zone-conflict​

Sovereignty Collapsed: Daesh and the Return of the Bandit Kings, NATO Association of Canada, 4 January 2016 (with Eric Morse). Online: http://natoassociation.ca/sovereignty-collapsed-daesh-and-the-return-of-bandit-kings/

What Post-Paris Means for NATO, Toronto Sun, 20 November 2015 (with Alex Wilner). Online: http://www.torontosun.com/2015/11/20/what-post-paris-nato-means-for-canada

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger: The Making of the Future Canadian Soldier, OpenCanada.com, 11 November 2015 (with H. Christian Breede). Online: https://www.opencanada.org/features/harder-better-faster-stronger-making-future-soldier/

More Military Reserve, Better Deployment Decisions? OpenCanada.com, 20 August 2015. Online: https://www.opencanada.org/features/how-increasing-canadas-military-reserves-may-improve-deployment-decisions/

Crisis at Home for Canada’s Armed Forces, OpenCanada.com, 28 May 2015. Online: https://www.opencanada.org/features/crisis-at-home-for-canadas-armed-forces/

The Canadian Forces Can’t Be Gender-Blind, The Ottawa Citizen, 18 July 2014. Online: http://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/the-canadian-forces-cant-be-gender-blind

Policy Reports

Stéfanie von Hlatky, “Canada’s Pledge to Latvia and the Bigger NATO Bargain,” RUSI Newsbrief 38, 9 (2018), 3 pages. 

Stéfanie von Hlatky, Lindsay Coombs, Sara Greco, Jeffrey Rice and Maya Saryyeva, Elsie Design Workshop Report (Kingston: Centre for International and Defence Policy, 2018), 14 pages. 

Meaghan Shoemaker and Stéfanie von Hlatky, “What’s NATO Got to Do With it? Women in the Canadian Armed Forces,” NATO Association of Canada (November 2017), 6 pages.

Stéfanie von Hlatky, “NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence: the Social Dimension of Deterrence. A Perspective From Canada,” Latvian Institute of International Affairs (September 2017), 9 pages.

Stéfanie von Hlatky and Kim Richard Nossal, “Canada’s New Defence Policy: The Short Version,” The Conference of Defence Associations Institute  (July 2017), 4 pages.

H. Christian Breede and Stéfanie von Hlatky, “Putting the Human Back in Human Performance Enhancement,” Vanguard Canada(May 2017), 3 pages.

Stéfanie von Hlatky, “Trudeau’s Promises: From Coalition Operations to Peacekeeping and Beyond,” CDA Institute Analysis (June 2016), 8 pages.

Rob McRae, Jim R. Mitchell, Stuart A. Beare, Elinor Sloan and Stéfanie von Hlatky, Canada’s International Security and Defence Policy(Ottawa: Centre for International Policy Studies, 2015), 22 pages