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FA Article on Macedonian instability co-authored by Ognen Vangelov

Ognen Vangelov, PhD candidate in Political Studies, is co-author of an article recently published in Foreign Affairs about the deteriorating political landscape in Macedonia and the key role being played by the United States and Russia in setting the country on a path toward a violent confrontation. But despite their role in this upheaval, US assistance in pressing for NATO and EU membership could still prove useful for stabilizing Macedonia's democratic institutions.

Read the article here:


Jeffrey Rice receives Award for Teaching Fellow Excellence

The department extends congratulations to Jeffrey Rice, PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Studies, on receiving the 2017 SGPS Teaching Fellow Excellence Award.

This award recognizes SGPS members who have worked as a Teaching Fellow in the past 12 months and have made a significant contribution to the Queen's community and SGPS membership during that term. This is Jeff's second nomination and first win.

Congratulations Jeff, on this well-deserved recognition.


Professor Stéfanie von Hlatky at TEDxQueensU

Professor Stéfanie von Hlatky recently presented a TEDx Talk entitled "The Importance of Developing Your Foreign Policy" at TEDxQueensU 2017 to a full house of Queen's University and Kingston community members.

You can view the full TEDx Talk online here:

TEDxQueensU was held on January 29th, 2017 at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts as part of a full day of speakers from the Queen's University and Greater Kingston communities.


Congratulations Claire Gummo, Rhodes Scholar-elect

Congratulations Claire Gummo,
Rhodes Scholar-elect

The Department is proud to extend congratulations to Claire Gummo, class of 2017, for being awarded the Rhodes Scholarship. This prestigious recognition promotes the future development of students who demonstrate leadership in both their academic career and broader community. Ms. Gummo's participation in the Queen's and larger Kingston community is demonstrative of this leadership, working on initiatives to raise awareness around issues of sexual violence and promote safe spaces on campus as well as serving as a gender consultant to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and working on gender and defense issues with the Centre for International and Defense Policy at Queen's.

The Politics Department and the Centre for International and Defence Policy have been key in shaping my research interests. Thus far, my research has been concerned with women, peace, and security. At Oxford, I hope to study the role of sexual violence in security organizations. I am very grateful to my professors, TAs, and fellow students who have been nothing but generous with their time and gracious with their support. Queen's Politics will always be home, and I am looking forward to representing the department abroad.
- Claire Gummo

Lindsay Coombs & Thomas Hughes win Graduate Student Symposium awards

The Department of Political Studies congratulates graduate students Thomas Hughes and Lindsay Coombs for their success at the 19th annual Conference of Defence Associations Institute's Graduate Student Symposium. 

Lindsay received the Colonel Peter Hunt Award from the Royal Canadian Military Institute for her presentation of her research on child soldiers. Lindsay’s paper “Are They Soldiers? Or Are They Children? Preparing the Canadian Military for the Paradoxical Dilemma of the 21st Century Peace Operations” will be published by the Royal Canadian Military Institute.

“I am greatly appreciative to have been given the opportunity to present my research on child soldiers and the Canadian Armed Forces to such a distinguished audience of scholars and practitioners.” - Lindsay Coombs

Thomas received the symposium’s first place prize for his presentation of his paper, “Grounding Cyberwar: Rationalising the threat and the implications of its emergence for Canadian defence policy.” The paper will be published as a Vimy Paper by the CDA Institute. 

“International security is a huge passion of mine, and being able to add my voice to the absolutely critical discussion about the emergence of cyberspace as a component of power was a fantastic opportunity.” - Thomas Hughes


Janet Hiebert awarded Queen's University Research Excellence Prize

Janet Hiebert has won the Queen’s University Research Excellence Prize for Social Sciences in 2016, reflecting her tremendous leadership in Canadian and comparative work on bills or rights, courts, and parliaments. Janet’s letters of support for this award came from around the globe, and reflect her international reputation on the topic. The Queen's University Prizes for Excellence in Research are the highest form of research excellence recognition from Queen's.