Stefanie von Hlatky

Sté​fanie von Hlatky

Professor | Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Gender, Security and the Armed Forces | Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Arts and Science


PhD (Université de Montréal); BA (McGill University)

Political Studies

International Relations | Gender and Politics

Arts and Science

Phone: (613) 533-6000 ext. 36242

Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room C406

Fax: (613) 533-6848

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Research Interests

Military cooperation, NATO alliances, deterrence, and gender dynamics in the armed forces, Women, Peace, and Security

Stéfanie von Hlatky would be interested in supervising graduate students in the areas of Gender, Security, and the Armed Forces; Women, Peace, and Security; NATO and alliance politics.

Brief Biography

Stéfanie von Hlatky is the Canada Research Chair in Gender, Security and the Armed Forces, Professor of Political Studies at Queen’s University, and Fellow with the Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP). 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 JournalContemporary Security PolicyInternational Journal, the Journal of Global Security StudiesEuropean SecurityAsian 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). Her new book, Deploying Feminism: The Role of Gender in NATO Military Operations was published by Oxford University Press in 2022.

Stéfanie von Hlatky is the founder of Women in International Security-Canada, and the Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel at the Princess of Wales' Own Regiment. 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.

Selected Publications


Deploying Feminism: The Role of Gender in NATO Military Operations. New York: Oxford University Press, 2022.

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

Edited Volumes

Joakim Berndtsson, Irina Goldenberg and Stéfanie von Hlakty (eds.), Total Defence Forces in the Twenty-First Century. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2023 (forthcoming).

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

Stéfanie von Hlatky and Bibora Imre-Millei, “Entrenched Heteronormativity: Gender and Work-Life Balance in the Military,” Canadian Military-Journal 22, 4 (Fall 2022): 16-25.

Stéfanie von Hlatky and Bibora Imre-Millei, "A Gender-Based Analysis of Recruitment and Retention in the Canadian Army Reserve,” Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health 8, s1 (April 2022): 46-53.

Stéfanie von Hlatky and Thomas Juneau, “When the Coalition Determines the Mission: NATO’s Detour in Libya.” Journal of Strategic Studies, 45, 2 (2020): 136-159.

Stéfanie von Hlatky and Michel Fortmann, “NATO Enlargement and the Failure of the Cooperative Security Mindset,” International Politics 57, 3 (2020): 554-572.

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 and Anaïs F. El-Amaraoui, “Gendered War, Gendered Peace: How the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda Contributes to SDG 16”, in Timothy Donais, Alistair Edgar, and Kirsten Van Houten (eds.), Sustainable Development Goal 16 and the Global Governance of Violence: Critical Reflections on the Uncertain Future of Peace (Routledge Studies in Sustainable Development, 2024).

Stéfanie von Hlatky and Michel Fortmann, "NATO Enlargement and the Failure of the Cooperative Security Mindset” in From Cold War to the Russia-Ukraine War (Palgrave Macmillan, 2023): 563-645.

Stéfanie von Hlatky, “When the Coalition Determines the Mission: NATO’s Detour in Libya” in Rosella Cappella Zielinski and Ryan Grauer (eds.), Understanding Battlefield Coalitions (Routledge Studies, 2023).

Stéfanie von Hlatky and Mats Berdal, “Canada and Norway,” in Thierry Tardy (ed.), The Nations of NATO: Shaping the Alliance’s Relevance and Cohesion (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022): 233-255.

Jeffrey Rice and Stéfanie von Hlatky, "Learning the Hard Way: Harper, Canadian Defence Policy, and Combatting International Terror,” in Peter McKenna (ed.), Harper’s World: The Politicization of Canadian Foreign Policy 2006-2015 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2022): 124-141.

Marianne Bouchard et Stéfanie von Hlatky, “Le genre, le féminisme et les organisations internationales,” in Maïka Sondarjee (ed.), Pender le monde autrement: Perspectives féministes en relations internationales (Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2022): 133-141.

Stephen M. Saideman, Stéfanie von Hlatky, and Graeme Hopkins, “Corona as a Constraint on the CAF?  As Always, The Mission Matters,” in Leah West, Thomas West, and Amarnath Amarasingam (eds), Stress Tested: COVID-19 Pandemic and Canadian National Security (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2021).

Stéfanie von Hlatky, “Preface” in Caroline Leprince and Casandra Steer (eds), Women, Peace, and Security: Feminist Perspectives on International Security (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2021): xiii-xiv.

Stéfanie von Hlatky, “Women and Gender Dynamics in Canadian Foreign Policy” in Brian Bow and Andrea Lane (eds), Canadian Foreign Policy: Reflections on a Field in Transition (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2021): 255-270.

Stéfanie von Hlatky, “The Return of Trudeaumania: A Public Diplomacy Shift in Foreign and Defence Policy?” in Nicholas J. Kull and Michale K. Hawes (eds.) Canada’s Public Diplomacy (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2020).

Sara Greco and Stéfanie von Hlatky, “Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Revising the Concept of Military Professionalism in the Canadian Armed Forces,” in Krystal Hachey, Tamir Libel and Gregory Ruark (eds.) Rethinking Military Professionalism: Alignment with Contemporary Armed Forces (New York: Springer, 2020).

Meaghan Shoemaker and Stéfanie von Hlatky, “A Feminist Account of Canadian Defence Policy” in Manon Tremblay and Joanna Everitt (eds), The Palgrave Handbook of Gender, Sexuality, and Canadian Politics (Switzerland: Springer Nature, 2020): 421-438.

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, Can NATO Deploy Feminism? Inkstick, 13 June 2023.

Stéfanie von Hlatky, Réviser la diplomatie canadienne, une occasion à ne pas manquer, La Presse, 29 June 2022.

Stéfanie von Hlatky, It’s Complicated – Report on Military Misconduct Tackles the Labyrinthine Nature of Canada’s Armed Forces, Ottawa Citizen, 6 June 2022.

Stéfanie von Hlatky and Kim Richard Nossal, Trudeau Needs to Clearly Explain Why Canada Should Be Making Significant Investments in Both Social Programs and Contributions to the Global Order, The Hill Times, 30 May 2022.

Stéfanie von Hlatky, Justin Massie, Theo McLauchlin, and Pierre Pahlavi, The Foreign Policy Challenges of the Trudeau Government, The Hill Times, 11 November 2021:

Stéfanie von Hlatky and Tandy Thomas, Widespread Cultural Change Is Overdue in Canada's Military, The Globe and Mail, March 09, 2021.

Stéfanie von Hlatky, Affaire Vance: Pistes de Réflexion pour un Changement de Culture au sein des Forces armées canadiennes, Réseau d'Analyse Stratégique (RAS), March 04, 2021.

Stéfanie von Hlatky, Building a Feminist Alliance, Open Canada, November 23, 2020.

Stéfanie von Hlatky and Alex Mirza, The Arrest of Huawei Executive Has Put Canada in Tight Spot, The National Post, 25 January, 2019. Online:

Stéfanie von Hlatky and Alex Mirza, The Arrest of Huawei Executive Has Put Canada in Tight Spot, The Conversation, 24 January, 2019.

Stéfanie von Hlatky, More to Recent Summit than Trump’s Antics,, 13 July 2018. Online:

Stéfanie von Hlatky, Gender and Peacekeeping, Policy Options, 8 November 2017. Online:

The Battle to Get More Women into the Military, National Post, 29 June 2017 (with Meagan Shoemaker). Online:

The Battle to Get More Women into the Military, The Conversation, 28 June 2017 (with Meaghan Shoemaker). Online:

NATO, Deterence and What it Means for Canada, The Hill Times, 29 May 2017. Online:

Trump Strikes Syria, Nothing Changes, Policy Options, 11 April 2017. Online:

NATO and the Return of Deterrence, The Hill Times, 20 February 2017. Online:

Diplomacy Should be at Heart of Defence Policy, The Hill Times, 29 August,2016. Online:

Our Soldiers Can’t Do It All. So What Do We Want Them to Do? iPolitics, 22 May 2016. Online:

NATO’s Public Diplomacy in the Grey Zone of Conflict, CPD Blog, 8 April 2016. Online:’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:

What Post-Paris Means for NATO, Toronto Sun, 20 November 2015 (with Alex Wilner).

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger: The Making of the Future Canadian Soldier,, 11 November 2015 (with H. Christian Breede). Online:

More Military Reserve, Better Deployment Decisions?, 20 August 2015. Online:

Crisis at Home for Canada’s Armed Forces,, 28 May 2015. Online:

The Canadian Forces Can’t Be Gender-Blind, The Ottawa Citizen, 18 July 2014. Online:

Policy Reports

Stéfanie von Hlatky, Benjamin Fisher, Imre-Millei and Wesley Nicol, “Recommendations for Improving Recruitment and Retention in the Army Reserve” (2022) Found at:

Stéfanie von Hlatky, Claude Voillat, Alan Bryden, Almero Retief, Brian Gonsalves and Morgan Fox, “Conflict Prevention Tool: Developing Multi-Stakeholder Strategies,” (2022). Found at:

Stéfanie von Hlatky, “Canada,” in Anna Clara Arndt, Liviu Horovitz, Claudia Major, Jonas Scheider and Lydia Wachs (eds.), Euro-Atlantic Concerns Regarding a US Sole Purpose Policy (2021). 

Stéfanie von Hlatky, Stephen Saideman, Maria Rost Rublee, Fernando Nunez-Mietz, Constance Duncombe, George Karavas and Don Clermont, “Gender Diversity and Inclusion in Canadian Security Studies: Implications for the Canadian National Security Workforce,” Canadian Defence and Security Network (2022).

Yolande Bouka, Stéfanie von Hlatky, Stéphanie Martel, Sarah-Myriam, Martin-Brûle, Maria Martin de Almagro Iniesta and Marie-Joëlle Zahar, "Is Canada's Foreign Policy Really Feminist? Analysis and Recommendations,” Policy Report 13, Network for Strategic Analysis, (23 September 2021). Found at:

Yolande Bouka, Stéfanie von Hlatky, Stéphanie Martel, Sarah-Myriam, Martin-Brûle, Maria Martin de Almagro Iniesta and Marie-Joëlle Zahar, La politique étrangère du Canada est-elle réellement féministe? Bilan et recommendations, Note stratégique 13, Réseau d'analyse stratégique, (23 septembre 2021).

Hannah Hollander, Stéfanie von Hlatky and Bibiora Imre-Millei, “Changing the Canadian Armed Forces’ Culture Through Training,” Centre for International and Defence Policy (July 2021).

Sarah-Myriam Marin-Brûlé, Stéfanie von Hlatky, Savita Pawnday, and Marie-Joëlle Zahar, “Gender Training in International Peace and Security: Toward a More Effective Approach,” Policy Brief published by the International Peace Institute, July 2020.

Stéfanie von Hlatky (contributor), “Developing a Culture and Gender Inclusive Model of Military Professionalism,” NATO Task Group Report, August 27, 2020.

Sarah-Myriam Martin-Brûlé, Stéfanie von Hlatky, Yolande Bouka, Stéphanie Martel, Maria Martin de Almagro Iniesta, and Marie-Joëlle Zahar, “Canada’s Feminist Foreign Policy Through the Lens of GBA+ Analysis,” a memo to the Feminist Foreign Policy Team of Global Affairs Canada, December 7, 2020.

Stéfanie von Hlatky and Bibora Imre-Millei, “Enhancing Diplomatic Engagement by Building a Feminist Alliance,” a memo to the Feminist Foreign Policy Team of Global Affairs Canada, November 30, 2020.

Stéfanie von Hlatky, “Internal Report for the Sexual Misconduct Response Centre” published by the Gender Lab for the Centre for International Defence Policy (CIDP), December 27, 2019.

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.

Research Highlight with Stéfanie von Hlatky

Professor Stéfanie von Hlatky (International Relations) discusses her research on alliance politics, military affairs, and the women, peace, and security agenda. She also discusses how she involves graduate students in her research.