Rouba Chbeir, PhD candidate (International Economic Policy) at NPSIA, is the recipient of the 2023-2024 Cadieux-Léger Fellowship with Global Affairs Canada (GAC). She will serve from January to June and will be fully integrated as an analyst within GAC’s Foreign Policy Research and Foresight Division, supporting GAC’s efforts “to build new expertise on international issues key to Canada’s future and increase capacity to anticipate and manage prolonged crises” through her direct experience in a policy environment.

Rouba will be able to draw on lessons from her own ongoing doctoral research on conditionality reform at the International Monetary Fund as she provides GAC with policy research, environmental scanning, and policy engagement support focused on the complex challenges facing Canadian foreign policy today. The priority focus areas for her appointment include: the rebalancing of global power, the impact of new international actors, the geopolitics of critical assets and resources, and the geopolitical impact of climate change.

The fellowship also places particular emphasis on identifying and engaging new sets of stakeholders, as part of working directly with the division’s policy engagement team. Rouba will contribute to build networks within GAC, the Canadian government, and participate in policy development processes to enhance GAC’s engagement with internal, external experts, and new policy actors – through networking and contributing to policy working groups and other initiatives that advance the division’s research agenda including, understanding the evolving structure of international relations and its implications for Canada.

Congratulations from all of us at NPSIA!