June 19, 2020

A photo of NPSIA's Director, Yiagadeesen (Teddy) Samy.

Message from the Director, Y. (Teddy) Samy

Congratulations Norman Paterson School of International Affairs Class of 2020!

On behalf of my colleagues, I would like to offer each and every member of this year’s NPSIA graduating class – our PhD graduate, Rachel Schmidt, and 81 MA graduates listed below – our heartfelt congratulations. While graduation may feel a little different this year, I hope you take this time to reflect on your accomplishments and to celebrate with your family, friends and all those who have supported you on this journey.

Remember your first day on the beautiful Carleton University campus and Richcraft Hall, remember orientation, remember the classmates and instructors that you met during your time at NPSIA , and yes,  how can you forget the assignments, papers, exams and sleepless nights! These are memories that will surely last a lifetime. Your graduation is a culmination of years of hard work and sacrifice. Enjoy this moment, and be proud of what you have accomplished.

Graduation is always special and even more so this year as a result of the global pandemic. In the last few weeks of your degree and as the Winter semester was about to end, you have shown incredible resilience as the University shifted to online learning and as various protocols and restrictions went into effect to contain the spread of COVID-19. In addition to completing your program requirements, some of you had to relocate and/or look after loved ones; others were unable to immediately reunite with their families, which compounded an already stressful situation. The fact that you managed to get through all of this and complete the semester is yet another reason for being proud of what you have achieved.

Let me briefly touch on a couple of things and challenge you to take them on as you join our distinguished group of alumni, embark on your professional careers and move on to the next chapters of your lives.

First is the global pandemic, which has reminded us just how interconnected the world has become, and that the benefits of this interconnectedness should not be taken for granted. The pandemic has also laid bare the limits of a post-World War II international order in anticipating, preparing for, and responding effectively to the current health (and economic) crisis. When this current crisis is over, and it will be, we may need to rethink the current international governance architecture for a better management of future crises, whether they are health-related, climate-driven, or otherwise.

Second, in the last few weeks, we have witnessed the senseless killing of George Floyd in the United States, and subsequent protests against police brutality and racism around the world. We must confront and call out racism and discrimination whenever we see them. And through our actions, ideas, and policies, we can also contribute to more just and equitable societies. I know that I can count on you all to achieve these important goals.

So, while you are graduating in a world full of uncertainty, I am confident that you will rise to the above challenges and others that come your way in order to make Canada and the world a better place.

I am also hopeful that we will have a chance to celebrate your accomplishments in person in the near future.

Teddy Y. Samy

Director, NPSIA

NPSIA Class of 2020

Below is a listing of the Spring 2020 NPSIA graduates, organized by program. Visit Carleton’s celebratory social media wall or leave a personalized message below!

Ph.D in International Affairs

Rachel Schmidt, Senate Medal Nominee
Framing and Contesting a Revolution: Identity Construction, Gender, and Rebel Group Cohesion in Colombia

Master of Arts in International Affairs

Ana Lucia Andrea Pereira Gonzalez

Master of Arts in International Affairs, with Co-op

Christian Gabriel

Master of Arts in International Affairs, Specialization in International Development Policy

King George Acquah

Blandine Affricot

Veronica Boydell

Hunter Delorme-Probert

Davida Heathcote

Peter Ki

Victoria Lewarne

Seppi Panachikavayalil

Tanya Srivastava

Master of Arts in International Affairs, Specialization in International Development Policy, with Co-op

Olivia Adams

Nilay Joshi

Jeyasri Pakeerathan

Amarita Pooni

Carolyn Thompson

Master of Arts in International Affairs, Specialization in Conflict Analysis and Conflict Resolution

Philippe Ferland

Elinor Hammond

Matthew Mcsheffrey

Elphine Onsongo

Tyler Schaffrick

Master of Arts in International Affairs, Specialization in Conflict Analysis and Conflict Resolution, with Co-op

James Anderson

David Bray

Ahmad Issa

Mira Raatikainen

Sarah Wazzi-Moukahal

Miary Yamamoto

Master of Arts in International Affairs, Specialization in Intelligence and International Affairs

Marion Agier

Erik Ben-Tchavtchavadze

Nelson Costa

Kristina Gerke

Jonathan Kandelshein

Cristian Lorenzoni

Sydney Reis

Master of Arts in International Affairs, Specialization in Intelligence and International Affairs, with Co-op

Andreas Arvanitis

Alexa Kirkey

Olivia Williams

Master of Arts in International Affairs, Specialization in International Organizations and Global Public Policy

Kareem Abd-El-Aziz

Samuel Henderson

Allyson Fox

Sara Reid

Surya Sarkar-Huot

Master of Arts in International Affairs, Specialization in International Organizations and Global Public Policy, with Co-op

Balma Braimah

Alexandra Kopij

Alexandre MacIssac

Melissa Rees

Noah Siegrist

Master of Arts in International Affairs, Specialization in International Economic Policy

Larisa Averkieva

Lauren Hadaller

Master of Arts in International Affairs, Specialization in International Economic Policy, with Co-op

Jacob Cutts

Jeremiah De Sousa

Amirhossein Estebari

Miles Wu

Master of Arts in International Affairs, Specialization in Security and Defence Policy

Heather Buisman

Rajeswari Gandhi

Alexandra Kaminski

Ryland Patterson

William Richardson

Supriya Trivedi

Mackenzie Vezina

Master of Arts in International Affairs, Specialization in Security and Defence Policy, with Co-op

Taras Dlugosh

Idan Iskovich

Clarissa Leir-Taha

Alexander Penn

Master of Arts in International Affairs, Specialization in Program Management for Development and Human Assistance

Janice Fu

Eliu Mejia

Gladys Omage

Master of Arts in International Affairs, Specialization in Program Management for Development and Human Assistance, with Co-op

Laura Pottier

Master of Arts in International Affairs, Specialization in African Studies

Michelle Rugamba

Combined Master of Arts in International Affairs and Juris Doctor

Gaelle Groux

Neelofar Haseeb

Issac Turner

Combined Master of Arts in International Affairs and Juris Doctor, Specialization in Intelligence and International Affairs

Krystene Robinson

Sara Romeih

Combined Master of Arts in International Affairs and Juris Doctor, Specialization in International Organizations and Global Public Policy

Sydney Elliot

Jadeney Wong

Combined Master of Arts in International Affairs and Juris Doctor, Specialization in Conflict Analysis and Conflict Resolution

Peter Knowlton

Natalie LaMarche

Liliane Langevin

Combined Master Arts in International Affairs and Juris Doctor, Specialization in International Economic Policy

Alexander Hobbs

Meagan Vestby

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