Greetings! I’ll be working with Norwegian People’s Aid in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, supporting their work in landmine clearance and advocacy against cluster munitions weapons. I’ve studied political science and international affairs at the University of Guelph and the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, with a focus on issues of conflict resolution and peacebuilding. My interest in peace studies and development is informed by an upbringing in the Canadian Mennonite community, as well as my (limited) experience travelling abroad. Prior to coming to Tajikistan with Mines Action Canada, I have worked as a Research Assistant at the North-South Institute in Ottawa, as a consultant for the UNDP Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and as an Election Observer with Mission Canada – Ukrainian Elections 2012. In the fall of 2013 I’ll be starting a Ph.D in political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
June 21, 2013 – How bad is the violence in Syria?
June 10, 2013 – Lessons from a BFUNC (big fancy UN conference)
April 29, 2013 – Field Visit to the Tajik-Afghan Border
April 23, 2013 – On doing a graduate degree in international affairs
April 9, 2013 – Blog Post #2 from Dushanbe – Visit to the Rasht Valley
March 31, 2013 – The Inaugural Humble Blog from Dushanbe, Tajikistan