Philip Martin

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.

Recent Posts:

June 21, 2013 – How bad is the violence in Syria?

June 10, 2013 – Lessons from a BFUNC (big fancy UN conference)

May 19, 2013 – Challenges of Promoting Local Ownership in Mine Action and International Development

May 5, 2013 – What makes governments use cluster bombs and nerve gas on their own people?

April 29, 2013 – Field Visit to the Tajik-Afghan Border

April 23, 2013 – On doing a graduate degree in international affairs

April 16, 2013 – Mid-Week Linkage … Cluster Bombs, Modern Weapons of War, and Bill S-10

April 14, 2013 – One Month In – Phil’s Pro-Tips on Working Abroad as a Young Professional

April 9, 2013 – Blog Post #2 from Dushanbe – Visit to the Rasht Valley

March 31, 2013 – The Inaugural Humble Blog from Dushanbe, Tajikistan

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