IAPSS USA & Canada

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.

Oleksii Zahreba Regional Chair
Oleksii is currently studying in the International Studies program at Burman University in the province of Alberta, Canada. He joined IAPSS a year ago, and his first involvement with the organization was in the position of Speakers Coordinator Assistant on the team organizing World Congress in Vienna. After the event was cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic, Oleksii saw an opportunity to develop the regional chapter of the USA and Canada and decided to commit to that responsibility. In the past he interned at the NGO, where he was an assistant of a speaker who traveled internationally to speak at conferences and seminars. Oleksii organized international Model United Nations conferences and served on the executive committee of the International Studies Club at his university. Oleksii is looking forward to building the regional chapter of the USA and Canada into a successful non-profit that helps students to achieve their career dreams.
Elisa Vital Liaison Coordinator
Elisa is a graduate student of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa and holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Burman University. Elisa’s areas of interest include foreign policy, human rights protection, and diplomacy. During the Fall of 2019, Elisa worked as a research assistant in Washington D.C. for the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, a center that supports and collaborates with the Department of Defense of the United States. Additionally, she co-founded the International Studies Club at Burman University and helped organize Model United Nations conferences at her school. Elisa has policy-oriented experience in Canada, Mexico, and the United States and is fluent in English and Spanish.
Alexandra Wenzel Media Coordinator
Alexandra is studying at the University of British Columbia studying International Relations. She was previously the Director of Public Affairs with the UBC chapter of Amnesty International. Alexandra recently finished an exchange at Sciences Po Paris where she combined her passions for communications and environmental issues by working with Sciences Po Environnement in their communications team. As a Canaadian-American passionate about political science, Alexandra is looking forward to working with IAPSS U.S. & Canada team to connect political science students!
Oleksii Vasylevskyi Fundraising Coordinator
Oleksii is a master’s student of Public Policy at Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, at the University of Saskatchewan, and did his undergraduate program in Political Science at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine. Oleksii’s research interests are public policy, monetary policy, fiscal policy, banking, and international finance. In 2019, he was working as an analyst in the Parliamentary Committee on State Building, Local Governance, Regional and Urban Development, and doing an internship at the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, Canada. Oleksii joined IAPSS US&Canada as a fundraiser coordinator in 2021. He speaks English, Ukrainian, and Russian.
Patricia Kumbakisaka President of Canadian Political Science Students' Association
Patricia is a Canadian rising voice for global advocacy, International relations, youth in diplomacy, & foreign policy. She was recently named 2020 Most Accomplished Black-Canadian woman; where her story will be published among a collection of recipients in the book 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women – 2020. Patricia serves as the President of the Canadian Political Science Students' Association and as a representative of CPSSA to IAPSS USA and Canada. Patricia comes from a diplomatic family – her family is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo however she’s never been there, she was born in Bucharest, Romania and moved to Athens, Greece at the age of 3 and lived there for 7 years. After that she and her family moved to Canada when she was 10 years. Patricia is fluent in five languages: Belgian-French, English, Greek, Swahili and Romanian. The global citizen now resides in the National capital region of Canada; in Ottawa. Patricia studied Political Science, with a specialization in international relations, at the University of Manitoba and she also undertook extended research at the Department of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution at the University of Ottawa, and is now finishing a cultural diplomacy & International relations research course with the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy. In addition to that she has conducted research work with UNITAR on a general introduction to the relationship between human rights, International Legal and Foreign Policy Framework and the work that the United Nation does. Accordingly, her academic training was specifically focused on the analysis of state-level policies regarding human rights and security, including analysis of the global political system, its key actors as well as the Canadian state and society. In 2016 she was a successful nominee and was accepted as Chair of Human Rights Council for the UN Youth Association of Romania; she worked with foreign officials on projects related to Canadian and foreign local laws, cultural, economic and political conditions. In 2018 she was the Canadian Youth delegate at the UN Headquarters for the UN Youth Assembly in New York where she got a chance to elevate her voice in international dialogues, empowered youth to advocate for future generations, and mobilise youth as agents of impact change. She continues to advocate for the youths and see that the voice of the youth is heard loud and clear. She designed a project called Canada’s Diversity advantage with the United Nations Association of Canada - in which she engaged various youth in Canada in an interactive sharing of multi-generational lived-experiences that will cultivate a deeper understanding of the historic journey of different individuals who have contributed to building Canada as a nation, and shaping its shared heritage. The program rolled out in schools and community centres led by her and raised awareness on the migration patterns of Canadians It also enhanced youth appreciation of their country's diverse population and the contribution of this diversity to Canada’s identity.

Former Team Members of 2020/21 Mandate

Seda Yazgan Hadzibulic Projects and Events Coordinator
Seda contributed to the development of USA and Canada chapter by organizing multiple virtual events prior to December 2020.

Sunday, March 14, 2021: IAPSS USA and Canada hosted an e-symposium with the Asia and Oceania Student Research Committee. The event focused on the topic of the new cold war between the USA and China and its implications for the rest of the world. Junior scholars presented their findings on the topic.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021: IAPSS USA and Canada is hosting an Essay Competition.
We want to hear what you think is the most pressing issue to address in a Covid-19 recovery plan. Be creative and have a good argument for why this issue is the most important to creating a better post-pandemic world. Winners will receive monetary prizes. More details are available on the competition page.

Saturday, February 20, 2021: Applications to volunteer for the Global Student Government are now open. Apply to take part in building the inclusive platform to help improve student representation globally, build and rebuilt student governments where there are none, improve coordination and facilitate the transfer of knowledge among students across borders, and more.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021: Washington Diplomatic Academy offers partial scholarships to IAPSS members from the USA and Canada. Apply for a One-Year Certificate in International Diplomacy and Summer Diplomatic Academy to claim bursaries.

Thursday, January 28, 2021: IAPSS USA and Canada signed an association agreement with the Burman University International Studies program.

Monday, January 18, 2021: IAPSS USA and Canada hosted a virtual panel titled “The Importance of Political Science Education and Student Governments”. The panel was led by a political science professor Dr. Froese, and the president of the International Association for Political Science Students Justin Patrick. They discussed the value of political science education in the modern world and the importance of getting involved in student politics. The recording of the panel is available on Facebook.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021: The first regional newsletter is out! If you are a member of our regional chapter, check your e-mail inbox. Our regional newsletter will be delivered on a monthly basis from now on.

Monday, January 11, 2021: The interview with IAPSS USA and Canada Chair Oleksii Zahreba is now available as a text version.

Wednesday, January 9, 2021: IAPSS USA and Canada signed a partnership agreement with the University of Calgary Political Science Association.

Monday, January 7, 2021: Oleksii Vasylevskiy joined the IAPSS USA and Canada team in the role of the fundraising coordinator. Oleksii is a master’s student of Public Policy at Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, at the University of Saskatchewan, and has completed his undergraduate program in Political Science at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020: IAPSS merchandise is now available for sale. IAPSS USA and Canada merch is also available for purchase.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020: IAPSS USA and Canada signed a joint partnership agreement with Art Beyond Sight and Disability Unite.

Saturday, November 28, 2020: IAPSS USA and Canada hosted an online lecture titled “The effect of Islamophobia on international peace and security”. The lecture was led by Dr. Selden Harris. He shared his views on Islamophobia in the United States and Europe, and how people can combat it on an individual level. The recording of the lecture is available on Facebook.

Saturday, November 21, 2020: IAPSS Global hosted a 24-Hour Charity Telethon to raise awareness about homelessness around the world. Throughout the day on 21 November, each IAPSS Region had a segment where they addressed and discuss homelessness in their regional contexts. IAPSS USA and Canada hosted a panel on Health, Race, and Homelessness. The panelists included London Bell (disability rights advocate), Sarah Blyth (Canadian politician and a homeless rights advocate), and Yinusa Saheed (expert on urban and rural development). Panelists discussed various topics such as health problems that cause homelessness, health problems that result from being homeless, and homelessness as a complicating factor in health care, ways how homelessness and health are connected through difficulties to find employment, domestic violence, and other traumatic experiences. The recording of the panel is available on Facebook.

Thursday, November 18, 2020: IAPSS USA and Canada signed a partnership agreement with the non-governmental organization The World is Watching.

Monday, November 2, 2020: The applications to book an online info session for student organizations are now available. Reach out to us today to bridge your campus with opportunities on a global scale.

Saturday, October 31, 2020: IAPSS USA and Canada hosted an online event titled Arab Normalization with Israel: the ‘New Normal’? The lecture was led by Ezzeldeen Masri, Director of Outreach at U.S. OneVoice Movement. He shared the history of the relations between Arab nations and Israel, why the normalization accords came into force in 2020, and what it means for Israeli-Palestinian relations. Participants had an opportunity to ask questions and exchange their opinions on the issue. The recording of the event can be viewed on Facebook.

Saturday, October 10, 2020: The chair of IAPSS USA and Canada Oleksii Zahreba attended a general assembly of IAPSS Ukraine, which was held online. Oleksii reaffirmed his commitment to continue working closely with IAPSS Ukraine, and create new projects to support the cultural exchange between American, Canadian, and Ukrainian political science students.

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.

Friday, September 4, 2020: IAPSS Global and IAPSS USA and Canada signed a partnership agreement with the Canadian Political Science Students’ Association (CPSSA). Patricia Kumbakisaka, in-acting CPSSA president, will be joining the IAPSS USA and Canada team as a representative of CPSSA to this region.

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.

Friday, July 31, 2020: IAPSS Global and IAPSS USA and Canada signed a partnership agreement with The United States Youth, Peace and Security Coalition.

Monday, July 20, 2020: IAPSS USA and Canada signed a partnership agreement with Algoma University Students’ Union.

Monday, July 6, 2020: IAPSS Global and IAPSS USA Canada signed a partnership agreement with the non-governmental organization Women in Foreign Policy.

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 liaison.usacanada@iapss.org if you are interested in representing your city or school as an ambassador. 

Work With us

If you are interested to work with us at IAPSS USA and Canada, please contact us at liaison.usacanada@iapss.org

Why partner with our region?

Mutual promotion.  We list each other as partners on the websites and social media accounts, promote each other’s opportunities, and support the partnering organization in any other way possible.

Joint communications. Our region and the partnering organization agree to add their email addresses to each other’s email listservs. Such an agreement helps organizations to exchange opportunities with each other and improves communications.

Membership discount.  Your university students or members of the partnering organization will receive a discounted IAPSS membership.

Advocacy initiatives. Collaborating on advocacy initiatives with partnering organizations including but not limited to petitions and joint statements.

Global Student Government.  Take part in a historic beginning of a new initiative – the creation of a global democratic student organization, a Global Student Government, that will represent all students worldwide. Your organization will have an opportunity to influence global education politics and be part of a powerful platform to represent and advocate for your views on global issues.

If you’re interested in a partnership, reach out to us at liaison.usacanada@iapss.org, or fill out a form below.

Online Info Session

Do you represent a university department, student club, or students’ association? Do you want your students to find out about the opportunities IAPSS has for them? Schedule an online info session for your organization today!

Online Info Session is a 30-minute presentation (Q&A included) for members of your organization that showcases the benefits of joining IAPSS. We choose the best timeslot in your schedule, and take care of organizing a Zoom meeting,

Fill out this online form below to start building a bridge between your campus and the world of opportunities.

Partners of our region


University-based organizations

  • English

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    The Canadian Political Science Students’ Association (CPSSA/AÉSPC) is a non-profit organization run by undergraduate students studying in Canada. Every year, the CPSSA/AÉSPC held a conference that allowed students from coast to coast to come together to share knowledge and perspectives on themes within the discipline of Political science. In addition to the conference, the organization publishes its own undergraduate journal called “Expressions”​, and develops a “Graduate Guide”​ for students who require guidance over graduate programs.


    The CPSSA/AÉSPC seeks to educate future leaders in matters or areas on themes and topics related to the discipline of Political Science.


    In providing a national forum for advancing eduction, the CPSSA/AÉSPC is able to provide universities with a national audience to demonstrate their areas of research.


    Run solely by undergraduates, the CPSSA/AÉSPC provides students with various opportunities to study and assess the various social, economic, cultural, health, and environmental dynamics that contribute to future decision-making processes.


    CPSSA is now proud to be working with IAPPS where we are looking forward to engaging with Canadian students and get a chance for young Canadians voices being able to understand the political world better and bring in their voices globally!

    CPSSA hopes to collaborate with IAPPS by planning virtual conferences, coffee breaks, and webinars where students can discuss and engage in political issues with current/former people in the office, professors, researchers, and many more.

    About CPSSA President

    I am excited to be your CPSSA president and I am proud that CPSSA can be working with IAPPS where we are looking forward to engaging with Canadian students and get a chance for young Canadians voices being able to understand the political world better and bring in their voices globally!

    Young people are not looking for a change, we have our own power and with innovation and collaboration, despite this pandemic even though we cannot do in person conferences – my vision is for us to continue to derive ways to still engage and participate in important political issues and understand the world of politics.

    I look forward to work virtually with all of you as we have many exciting events coming up in the future!

    Feel free to email me at cpssa@iapss.org

  • Français

    Les candidatures sont ouvertes

    L’Association canadienne des étudiants en sciences politiques (CPSSA/AÉSPC) est une organisation à but non lucratif dirigée par des étudiants de premier cycle qui étudient au Canada. Chaque année, la CPSSA/AÉSPC organise une conférence qui permet aux étudiants d’un océan à l’autre de se réunir pour partager leurs connaissances et leurs points de vue sur des thèmes relevant de la discipline de la science politique. En plus de la conférence, l’organisation publie son propre journal de premier cycle intitulé “Expressions”, et développe un “Guide des diplômés” pour les étudiants qui ont besoin de conseils sur les programmes de deuxième et troisième cycles.


    Le CPSSA/AÉSPC cherche à former les futurs leaders dans des matières ou des domaines sur des thèmes et des sujets liés à la discipline de la Science Politique.


    En offrant un forum national pour faire progresser l’éducation, le CPSSA/AÉSPC est en mesure de fournir aux universités un public national pour présenter leurs domaines de recherche.


    Dirigé uniquement par des étudiants de premier cycle, le CPSSA/AÉSPC offre aux étudiants diverses possibilités d’étudier et d’évaluer les diverses dynamiques sociales, économiques, culturelles, sanitaires et environnementales qui contribuent aux processus décisionnels futurs.


    La CPSSA est maintenant fière de travailler avec l’IAPPS où nous sommes impatients de nous engager auprès des étudiants canadiens et d’avoir une chance pour que les jeunes Canadiens puissent mieux comprendre le monde politique et faire entendre leur voix dans le monde entier !

    CPSSA espère collaborer avec l’IAPPS en organisant des conférences virtuelles, des pauses-café et des webinaires où les étudiants pourront discuter et s’engager dans des questions politiques avec des personnes actuelles ou anciennes du bureau, des professeurs, des chercheurs, et bien d’autres encore.

    À propos du président de la CPSSA

    “En tant que présidente de l’AÉSPC je suis ravie de vous annoncer que nous allons travailler en étroite collaboration avec l’IAPPS et à l’écoute des étudiants canadiens qui s’intéressent à la politique et dont les idées et les aspirations ne demandent qu’à déboucher sur des engagements concrets.

    Les étudiants comprennent qu’il peuvent faire partie du changement par l’engagement politique, l’innovation et la collaboration. Et ce, même à travers une période de pandémie qui nous prive de rencontres, mais ne nous prive pas de continuer en ligne à s’engager, s’informer et participer à des évènements politiques importants.

    C’est donc très vite que nous allons nous retrouver virtuellement pour se mettre au travail car il y a de nombreux événements passionnants à préparer!

    N’hésitez pas à m’envoyer un courriel à cpssa@iapss.org