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!
Seda Yazgan Hadzibulic Projects and Events Coordinator
Seda is currently an MA student at Northeastern Illinois University majoring in Political Science. Seda has worked with refugees and different ethnic groups in Turkey where she is originally from. She has visited more than 15 countries including Bosnia, Poland, Germany. She moved to the USA around two years ago and joined certain student organizations on campus. She is the ambassador of NEIU OneVoiceMovement where she also completed her internship. Last year she attended The Lemkin Summit in Washington Dc. This year she was elected as student upstander with Enough Project. She is the Vice President of the Human Rights Student Club on campus .She wants to complete her Ph.D. about peace and conflict studies. She looks forward to engaging with international students and raising her awareness about global issues.

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

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

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