Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
Centre for International and Defence Policy

FLARE Threat Assessment
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FLARE Threat Assessment (FTA) is an international affairs and security research group made up of senior undergraduate political studies students and funded by the Experiential Learning Projects Fund (ELPF) at Queen's University. The aim of the research group is to create roles that support the development of research, report writing, data science and open source investigatory skills that will benefit students who are interested in graduate school or a career in the public sector. More specifically, the FTA project seeks to engage in highly focused research projects identified by government practitioners and academics as being especially relevant to Canadian policy makers. FTA's first project examines Russian democratic interference attempts in Europe and how lessons learned from these attempts can be used to inform Canadian policy makers. In addition, a significant element of the FTA project involves giving FTA analysts the opportunity to develop data science skills (in Python and R) through intensive online courses and experiential learning opportunities funded entirely by Queen's. In turn these data science skills will help FTA to tackle important research questions while enabling its members to develop career relevant skills.

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The Team

The FLARE Threat Assessment team consists of senior undergraduate students.

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Jesse Martin

Jesse Martin

Jesse Martin is currently completing his final semester in Political Studies at Queen’s University. Specializing in state decision-making, he is writing a thesis on how China’s perception of territorial and maritime rights has been altered by its domestic structural pressures. As an analyst of FLARE Threat Assessment, he has focused on the construction of artificial islands, using geo-imagery to identify escalations over time. He is beginning a Master in International Relations at the Australia National University in July 2019.

 

 


Hannah Diegel

Hannah Diegel 

Hannah Diegel is completing her final semester at Queen’s University, majoring in Political Studies. Specifically, her academic interests mainly pertain to the existence of terrorism in the West Africa region. She is currently completing a thesis about the radicalization of Fulani Herdsmen in Nigeria. At FLARE Threat Assessment, Hannah is researching the influence of China within Canadian academic institutions. She will begin her Master’s degree in International Affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, in September 2019.

 

 


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Desmond Barton

Desmond Barton is currently in the midst of completing his Political Studies degree at Queen’s University. With a wide breadth of interest in international security topics ranging from foreign interference to the emerging cyber domain, his most recent research focus emphasizes the necessity of a truly comprehensive Canadian cyber-security strategy that unites public and private interests. As the General Director for FLARE Threat Assessment, Desmond has contributed to a general report analyzing Russian strategies of electoral interference, a field report utilizing satellite imagery courtesy of PLANET Inc. to chronologically detail the construction of a Russian tank motor pool kilometres from the border with Ukraine, and is currently working on a field report detailing perceived obstacles to any future Canadian cyber-security strategy.