Canadian International Council

Canadian International Council

April 15, 2008 10:00 ET

Canadian International Council Announces its First Fellowship Recipients

Selected fellows to produce foreign policy recommendations

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 15, 2008) - The Canadian International Council (CIC) announced today its first national research fellows, a group of eight scholars selected to research and produce new foreign policy insights for national debate and discussion.

The CIC, a non-partisan, nationwide institution established to strengthen Canada's role in international affairs, selected the fellows from an impressive pool of applicants from across the country. The Academic Selection Committee was co-chaired by Dr. David Haglund and Dr. Janice Stein. The Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for Canada's eminent researchers and future thought leaders to contribute new perspectives that will inform the private, public and not-for-profit sectors on geopolitical policy options.

Jim Balsillie, chairman of the CIC said, "The Council's vision is to contribute to the foreign policy debate in our country in a meaningful way. We believe that the application of expert and evidence-based research on complex issues provides the cornerstone for effective policy-making."

Hugh Segal, executive vice-chair of the CIC added, "The dynamic rate of change in economic and power relationships globally suggests that reflection on future foreign policy directions should be broad and evidence-based."

The program's initial areas of focus for 2008-2009 include the following: China, Border Issues, Arctic Sovereignty and Security, and Energy.

The Academic Selection Committee recommended the following individuals to the CIC Senate and Board based on the quality and originality of their proposals:



Chantal Blouin
Senior Research Associate, Centre for Trade Policy and Law, Norman Paterson
School of International Affairs, Carleton University
CIC Area of Focus: Border Issues
Project Title: Canadian Foreign Policy in the Americas: Meeting the
Challenge of Key Structural Changes in the Global Economy

Christian Constantin
PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, University of British
Columbia
CIC Area of Focus: China, Energy
Project Title: China's Energy Policy and Energy Cooperation: Opportunities
and Challenges for Canada

Franklyn Griffiths
Senior Fellow, Massey College, University of Toronto, George Ignatieff
Chair Emeritus of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Toronto
CIC Area of Focus: Arctic Sovereignty and Security
Project Title: Beyond Sovereignty: Governing the Northwest Passage as
Though It Were an International Strait

Rob Huebert
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Calgary
Associate Director, Centre for Military Studies, University of Calgary
CIC Area of Focus: Arctic Sovereignty and Security
Project Title: Canadian Arctic Security: Understanding and Responding to
the Coming Storm

Margaret Kalacska
Sessional Instructor, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, School of Criminology,
Simon Fraser University
CIC Area of Focus: Border Issues
Project Title: Border Security: Using Remote Sensing and Advanced Mapping
to Determine Vulnerable Routes for Illegal Border Crossings between Canada
and the United States

Whitney Lackenbauer
Assistant Professor and Acting Department Chair, St. Jerome's
University/University of Waterloo
CIC Area of Focus: Arctic Sovereignty and Security
Project Title: Arctic Front, Arctic Homeland: Reevaluating Canada's Past
Record and Future Prospects in the Circumpolar North

Ryan Touhey
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
CIC Area of Focus: China and Emerging Large Powers
Project Title: Transcending the past: a new vision for Indo-Canadian
Relations

Jason (Guangyu) Wang
PhD Candidate, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia
CIC Area of Focus: China and Emerging Large Powers
Project Title: The Development of China's Forestry Sector and its
Implications for Canada


For more information on the CIC or the selected fellows please visit: www.canadianinternationalcouncil.org

The Canadian International Council (CIC) is a non-partisan, nationwide council established to strengthen Canada's role in international affairs. It seeks to advance research and dialogue on international issues by supporting a Canadian foreign policy network that crosses academic disciplines, policy areas, and economic sectors. The CIC will feature a privately funded fellowship program, supported by a network of issue-specific working groups. Carefully selected CIC fellows will focus on important foreign policy issues, working out of universities and research institutions across the country.

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