Current Cadieux-Léger Fellow

2016-2017: Joshua Libben

Michael Shkolnik

Joshua Libben is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Political Studies – University of Ottawa – completing his dissertation on strategic culture and contributions to United Nations peacekeeping missions, looking at why countries provide different levels of military support to peace operations. During his fellowship, Josh has worked on a range of research topics in the Foreign Policy Research Division, including conflict mapping and peace process analysis, security foresight, and the participation of women in peacekeeping operations.

Prior to his fellowship, Josh taught undergraduate courses on the role of Canada in international organizations at the University of Ottawa and Sciences Po Bordeaux. He has also done research work for the Canadian Forces College, and co-authored a 2016 report on peacekeeping training with Dr. Walter Dorn. He holds a M.A. in Public Policy and Public Administration from Concordia University, and a B.A. in Political Science from McGill University.

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Former Cadieux-Léger Fellows

2015-2016: Michael Shkolnik

Michael Shkolnik

Michael Shkolnik is a Ph.D. candidate at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) - Carleton University – focusing on proto-insurgencies and the conditions that enable low-level terrorist groups to evolve into full-blown insurrections. During his fellowship, Michael will work in the Foreign Policy Research Division on issues related to international security, counterterrorism, policy foresight, and academic outreach.

Michael is research coordinator for the Canadian Centre of Intelligence and Security Studies (CCISS) and works on a Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP) funded project related to technological acquisition by terrorists and insurgents. In the past, Michael worked as a consultant for a counterterrorism institute in Washington D.C. and served as the Security and Defence Officer with United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) on behalf of a Department of National Defence (DND) fellowship. While completing a graduate degree in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security, Michael worked with two prestigious national security institutes in Israel.

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2014-2015: Pascale Massot

Aaida Mamuji

Pascale Massot is the 2014-2015 Cadieux-Léger Fellow and will be working in the Policy Research Division until the end of August 2015.

Pascale is a PhD Candidate (ABD) in the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include the governance of global extractive commodity markets, the relationship between global rebalancing and systemic change in the international economy, the political economy of the Asia-Pacific region – China in particular – and Canada-China relations. During her fellowship, Pascale will apply her research and expertise to projects ranging from Canada’s World Economic Forum engagement strategy, academic outreach, and China/Asia related endeavours more generally.

Prior to the Cadieux-Léger Fellowship, Pascale was a visiting scholar at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and a visiting PhD Candidate at Peking University’s Center for International Political Economy. She holds an MA in Asia Pacific Policy Studies from the University of British Columbia, and a BA in East Asian Studies and Economics from the University of Montreal.

For more information on Pascale, visit the University of British Columbia website.

2013-2014: Aaida Mamuji

Aaida Mamuji

Aaida is a doctoral candidate in Public Administration at the School of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, at the University of Ottawa. Her area of interest is Canada’s foreign aid policies and the interdepartmental collaboration required in Canada’s whole-of-government approach for involvement in failed and fragile states. During her fellowship, Aaida will be furthering her knowledge in the field by exploring ways in which to promote democratic governance in crisis settings. She will also be conducting research on Open Data and its implications for foreign policy and development, as well as on the intersection of religious freedom and human rights.

More information on Aaida’s experience, publications, and presentations can be found here.

2012-2013: Michael Urban

Michael UrbanA doctoral student in International Relations at Balliol College, University of Oxford, Michael’s thesis examines how liberalism and trust generate peace between states. During his fellowship, he applied his research to work underway on global re-balancing, burden-sharing, as well as networked societies and foreign policy.

Originally from Winnipeg, Michael holds undergraduate degrees in Politics and History from Queen’s University; an MA in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University; and an M.Phil in International Relations from Oxford. His research interests include International Relations theory, international peace and security, global governance and Canadian foreign policy. 

For more information on Michael's research, please click here.

2012: Jonathan Kent

Jonathan Kent Jonathan is completing his doctorate in international relations at the University of Toronto. His dissertation examines the recent proliferation of global governance instruments related to international migration. As the Cadieux-Léger Fellow, Jonathan focused on issues related to migrant smuggling, migration trends, and the broader global governance of migration. Prior to the fellowship he held junior scholar positions at The American University and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars where he focused on Canada-U.S. relations.

2010-2011: Matias Margulis

matias.margulis Matias Margulis completed his doctoral studies at McMaster University and is now an Assistant Professor of International Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia. His dissertation research examined the global regulation of agricultural trade and food security with a particular focus on the World Trade Organization and the United Nations system. As the Cadieux-Léger Fellow, he provided the department with advice and research expertise on the global governance of food security. He is currently working on a new research project on governing land-grabbing.
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2009-2010: Clint Abbott

Clint AbbottClint Abbott is completing his PhD in global governance at the University of Waterloo. His dissertation is on networked governance and summit diplomacy and examines how the emergence of networks has affected the policy process and outcomes. Clint used the last few months of his fellowship to conduct interviews with various actors involved with the 2010 G8/G20 summit policy preparatory process, including individuals from Government of Canada departments and agencies, INGOs and foundations. Prior to the Cadieux-Léger Fellowship, he worked at the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria and the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

2008-2009: Christine Cheng

Christine ChengChristine Cheng is Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in War Studies at King's College London. She researches post-conflict transitions, state failure and statebuilding, and West African politics. She holds a DPhil from Oxford (Nuffield) and was a former Boskey Fellow in International Relations at Oxford (Exeter). At King's, she teaches in the MA program in Conflict, Security, and Development. She is the co-editor of Corruption and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding (Routledge 2011). As the Cadieux-Léger Fellow, Christine conducted research on Liberia's war-to-peace transition. She also worked with the War Economies Division on a project aimed at freezing and seizing the assets of “warlords”.

For more information on Christine, click here or visit her blog.

2007-2008: Megan Bradley

Megan BradleyMegan Bradley is a fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution, where she works with the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement. Her research addresses the rights and wellbeing of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), with a particular focus on the resolution of displacement crises and transitional justice issues. After serving as the Cadieux-Léger Fellow, Megan received her doctorate in International Relations from St Antony’s College, University of Oxford (2009). She holds an MSc in Forced Migration (2004) from Oxford and an MA in Philosophy and International Relations from the University of St Andrews (2003). Megan joined Saint Paul University as an Assistant Professor of Conflict Studies in 2009, and has also taught at McGill University. In addition, she has worked with organizations concerned with humanitarian, human rights and development issues including the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Development Research Centre. She is the author of Refugee Repatriation: Justice, Responsibility and Redress (Cambridge University Press).

For more information on Megan, click here.

2006-2007: Sean Burges

Sean BurgesSean Burges' Cadieux-Léger Fellowship research project addressed spaces for convergence and divergence in Brazilian and Canadian foreign policy. Sean completed his PhD in Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, and held a SSHRC post-doctoral fellowship at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. He is presently a lecturer at the Australian National University. Prior to this he worked as a Senior Planning Analyst the Canadian International Development Agency and with the Canadian Border Services Agency.

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2005-2006: Robert Dufresne

Robert DufresneRobert Dufresne completed his doctorate in law at New York University in 2007. His doctoral dissertation was entitled \"Resources, Law and Violence: A Study of International Law's Role in the Relation between Organized Violence and Global Resource Exploitation\". As the Cadieux-Léger Fellow he conducted research on how Canadian litigation mechanisms may be applied to advance corporate social responsibility. Robert also contributed to the National Roundtables on Corporate Social Responsibility and the Canadian Extractive Sector in Developing Countries. He is presently an analyst with the Law and Government Division of the Library of Parliament.

2004-2005: Mark Sedra

Mark SedraMark Sedra pursued his doctoral studies in the Political Studies Department at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, and used his time as the Cadieux-Léger Fellow to carry out research on the reconstruction of security structures in conflict-affected settings, with Afghanistan serving as his principal case study. He is now an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and Balsillie School of International Affairs. He is also the co-founder and President of the Security Governance Group, an international affairs consulting firm based in Waterloo, Ontario.

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2003-2004: Caroline Boivin

After completing the Cadieux-Léger Fellowship, Caroline Boivin remained within DFAIT and currently serves as the Senior Desk Officer in the Institutions, Policy and Operations Division.

2002-2003: Sylvain Razavi

Sylvain RazaviWhile serving as the Cadieux-Léger Fellow, Sylvain Razavi carried out a study contrasting Canadian foreign policy towards Iraq before the first Gulf War and before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He is currently an analyst in the Learning and Professional Development Directorate of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.


2001-2002: Philippe Tremblay

Philippe Tremblay's Cadieux-Léger Fellowship coincided with Canada's presidency of the G8, and provided him the opportunity to contribute directly to the G8 Foreign Ministers' Meeting. After completing the Cadieux-Léger Fellowship, Philippe joined the Foreign Service and was first posted to the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo (2006-2009). Upon his return from Japan, Philippe joined the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Division, where he developed Canada's position papers on NACD issues in the lead-up to the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference and Canada's G8 Presidency. In 2010 and 2011, he was respectively Departmental Advisor and Senior Departmental Advisor to Minister Lawrence Cannon and Minister John Baird. Philippe is now Political Counsellor at the Embassy of Canada in Ankara, with responsibilities for Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.

2000-2001: Hélène Viau

As the Cadieux-Léger Fellow, Hélène Viau's research examined the Canada-Europe defence and security relationship, and resulted in various published articles on this issue. The Fellowship afforded Hélène the opportunity to participate in a variety of academic and government conferences, and in the development of internal documents and speeches on transatlantic relations, as well as policy planning projects including the Canadian Foreign Policy Dialogue. Since then, she occupied different positions at DFAIT and joined the Canadian Foreign Service. She is currently a deputy director in the South Asia Relations Division.

1999-2000: Michael Bonser

Michael Bonser is the Director of the Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Response Group at DFAIT. He has held this position since 2009. Prior to this assignment, Michael has served in a variety of policy advisor positions within the Department’s International Security Branch, including Executive Assistant to the Assistant Deputy Minister, senior advisor Canada-US Defence Relations and senior advisor Humanitarian Affairs. Prior to joining the Department in 1999, Michael served as a Chief of Staff to two different Members of Parliament from 1992-97 and subsequently worked in the non-profit sector in the field of human rights advocacy and protection, including with the Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights in 1998-99. Michael holds a Masters Degree in International Relations (Acadia University) and an Honours B.A. in History and Political Studies (Queen’s University). He has published several articles on humanitarian intervention and peacebuilding. As the Cadieux-Léger Fellow, Michael's research focused primarily on humanitarian intervention as an element of the broader human security agenda.

1998-1999: David Carment

David CarmentDavid Carment is Professor of International Affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University and Fellow of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute (CDFAI). Additionally, he is the Principal Investigator for the Country Indicators for Foreign Policy project, which he launched while serving as the Cadieux-Léger Fellow. Over the course of the fellowship, he also completed a book (co-authored with Frank Harvey) entitled Using Force to Prevent Ethnic Violence: An Evaluation of Theory and Evidence.

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1997-1998: Don Hubert

Don HubertDon Hubert holds a PhD in Social and Political Science from the University of Cambridge, and is Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. For nearly a decade, Don led policy development on Canada's human security agenda at the DFAIT, serving as Director of the Human Security Division. Don began his career at DFAIT as the Cadieux-Léger Fellow, after completing post-doctoral positions at the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies at Dalhousie University and the Humanitarianism and War Project at Brown University. As the Cadieux-Léger Fellow, he carried out a study on the campaign to ban landmines.

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1994-1995: Charles Van der Donckt

As the Cadieux-Léger Fellow, Charles Van der Donckt produced a monograph on regionalism and conflict management that was published by DFAIT and in an academic journal. After completing his PhD at the Australian National University, Charles returned to DFAIT in 1998. He served as the First Secretary at the Canadian High Commission in Canberra before accepting a political-advisory role in Afghanistan in 2007. Most recently he served as the High Commissioner of Canada to Pakistan.

1993-1994: Jennifer Welsh

Jennifer WelshJennifer Welsh completed her doctorate in international relations at the University of Oxford. During her Cadieux-Léger Fellowship, Jennifer worked on issues related to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and cooperative security in the new post-Cold War era. She is presently Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Somerville College. She is also the co-director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC).

For more information on Jennifer, visit her profile page on ELAC. You may also be interested in her blog on

1992-1993: Stéphane Lefebvre

Stéphane LefebvreStéphane Lefebvre began his career as a Marcel Cadieux Fellow, and subsequently worked as a Defence Scientist with the Directorate of Strategic Analysis at the Canadian Department of National Defence, as an intelligence analyst at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), and as Acting Director of Intelligence and Chief Intelligence and Assessment Programs at the Department of Transport. From 2006 to 2011, he was the Section Head-Strategic Analysis at the Centre for Operational Research and Analysis of Defence Research & Development Canada (DRDC CORA). In 2011-2012, he spent a year at Carleton University’s Canadian Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies (CCISS) as Defence Scientist-in-Residence. In April 2012, he moved to a Program Manager position within the Privy Council Office. Mr. Lefebvre is also a recipient of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In addition to book chapters and monographs, Mr. Lefebvre has published in several academic and professional journals, including the Revue française de science politique, International Journal, Contemporary Politics, Low Intensity Conflict and Law Enforcement, among others. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Slavic Military Studies and of the International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence.

1992: Alexander Moens

Alexander MoensLefebvreAs DFAIT's first Marcel Cadieux Fellow, Alexander Moens carried out research on the relationship between NATO and the newly emerging foreign and security policy of the European Union. He has continued to publish extensively on this topic, as well as on US foreign policy and Canadian-American relations. Dr. Moens holds a PhD in Political Science at the University of British Columbia, and is a professor of Political Science at Simon Fraser University and a Senior Fellow in American Policy at the Fraser Institute.

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