IAPSS USA & Canada
It is a very exciting time to be studying American politics. As the United States pursues an increasingly isolationist foreign policy and debate concerning the direction of domestic policy becomes increasingly populist and polarizing – from Bernie Sanders’ democratic socialism to firmly entrenched global capitalist norms to President Trump’s chaotic kleptocratic cronyism – the decisions being made in the White House today have great and lasting impacts on global trade and hegemonic order. It is also fascinating to observe this moment in world politics from a Canadian perspective. As a nation that has long and largely constructed its national identity by comparing itself to the United States, Canada is facing a moment where it is being forced to define itself through its response to grand social and economic issues such as climate change, immigration, and reconciliation of Indigenous and settler Canadians. These same issues are being raised in the United States, especially as candidates for the next presidential election refine their policy platforms. As neighbors who have historically shared a uniquely strong partnership, and who now face issues together on the global stage, it is only natural that a platform for mutual discourse should emerge, particularly to give a voice to the students and youth of these two nations.
IAPSS USA and Canada is primarily interested in bringing together students of political science, economics, philosophy, and public policy to network, share research, and strengthen connections between schools, regions, and nations. Our vision is to create a platform for student voices, a medium of exchange for informed political discourse, and a series of events and opportunities for personal and professional growth.
The goal for the 2020/2021 mandate is to establish a presence online and at universities across Canada and the United States, build a membership composed of passionate students, and grow partnerships with various non-profit organizations on the continent.
Saturday, September 12, 2020: IAPSS USA and Canada hosted a UN75 consultation titled “The Eradication of Structural Racism as a Key Factor in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals”. The co-sponsors of the event included UN2020, NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, and SDG Impact Awards. The speakers at the event were Daniel Perell from the Baha’i International Community UN office, Alexandria J. Maloney from “The World is Watching”, Vannary Kong from Black Professionals in International Affairs (BPIA), and Wantoe Teah Wantoe from the UN Department of Global Communications. Over 40 participants joined the event and shared their perspectives on increasing the involvement of people of color in public policy and governance and suggesting strategies to ensure that the voices of minorities are recognized not as ‘complementary’ but equal to all others. The recording of the event can be viewed on Facebook.
Saturday, September 5, 2020: IAPSS USA and Canada hosted a joint event with IAPSS Asia titled “Genocide alert: China’s suppression of Uyghur Turks in East Turkestan (Xinjiang)”. The panel featured two experts on the situation, Memet Jan (Deputy Director of Uyghurs Service at Radio Free Asia), and Aydin Anwar (Outreach Manager of the Save Uighur campaign under Justice For All). They shared their knowledge on the subject, and stories from their experience about raising the world’s awareness of the issue. The recording of the event can be viewed on Facebook.
Sunday, August 16, 2020: IAPSS USA and Canada hosted a joint event with IAPSS Ukraine titled “Student Perspective on Covid-19”. The event was co-sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies. Students discussed the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on their studies, the future of universities, and how they see their careers unfolding in the world of a ‘new normal’. The recording of the discussion can be viewed on YouTube.
Monday, July 20, 2020: IAPSS USA and Canada and Algoma University Students’ Union signed a partnership agreement.
Monday, June 1, 2020: Our first day of the new mandate! We have put together a team of highly capable and dedicated volunteers to serve as the executive council of IAPSS USA and Canada, and we look forward to this year of expansion and growth. Don’t hesitate to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in representing your city or school as an ambassador.