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Stéfanie von Hlatky: Co-Director of CDSN-RCDS & Associate Professor of political studies at Queen’s University and the former Director of the Queen’s Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP). Her research focuses on NATO, armed forces, military interventions, and defence policy.

Stephen M. Saideman: Co-Director of CDSN-RCDS & Paterson Chair in International Affairs, as well as Director of the Canadian Defence and Security Network – Réseau Canadien Sur La Défense et la Sécurité, and Professor of International Affairs at Carleton University.

Episode 4: Women Influencing Foreign Policy

 August 8, 2019

In this episode of Battle Rhythm, Stef reveals she has been named Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel (HLCol) of the Princess of Wales’ Own Regiment. Discussing the news, Steve and Stef ponder the significance of Canada not being invited to join the British fleet amidst tensions with Iran. They go on to discuss Canada's efforts to replace the F18 as well as Turkey’s procurement of Russian air defence systems and its implications for NATO. They also analyse and offer their thoughts on the Heyder Beattie Sexual Misconduct settlement. This episode features listener questions with responses from Steve and Stef. The Emerging Scholar segment is with Meagan Shoemaker who discusses her research on how women’s deployment decisions and motivations are gendered. In the feature interview, Stef speaks with Dr. Sylvia Bashevkin about her award-winning book Women as Foreign Policy Leaders. Finally, in Steve's Peeves, Steve discusses the problem of sexual misconduct in the US armed forces and the role of Congress on addressing it.

  • Meaghan Shoemaker is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Studies at Queens University. Her research interests include NATO, human security, veterans, gender.

  • Sylvia Bashevkin is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. Her primary research focus is gender and politics, notably women’s impact as public leaders. She is the author most recently of Women as Foreign Policy Leaders, a comparative study of four American decision-makers since the Reagan years. Her edited volume on women premiers in the Canadian provinces and territories is forthcoming in spring 2019 from UBC Press. Sylvia Bashevkin has served as president of the Canadian Political Science Association, president of the women and politics research section of the American Political Science Association and principal of University College, the founding college of the University of Toronto. Her scholarly distinctions include fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada, the Jill Vickers Prize from the Canadian Political Science Association, the Mildred Schwartz Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Political Science Association, and the Ursula Franklin Gender Studies Award from the Royal Society.

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Épisode 4 : Les femmes influencent

Dans cet épisode de Battle Rhythm, Stef révèle qu’elle a été nommée lieutenant-colonel honoraire du Princess of Wales' Own Régiment. Concernant les actualités, Steve et Stef discutent le fait que le Canada n'a pas été invité à joindre la coalition navale britannique pour défendre le détroit d'Ormuz parmi les tensions avec l’Iran. Ils analysent également l’acquisition des systèmes de défense aériennes russes par la Turquie et les répercussions sur l’OTAN. Steve et Stef offrent aussi leurs réflexions sur l’importance du règlement sur l’inconduite sexuelle Heyder Beattie et répondent aux questions des auditeurs. Le segment des chercheurs émergents est avec Meagan Shoemaker, qui parle de sa recherche concernant les décisions et les motivations de déploiement des femmes. Dans l’interview spéciale, Stef entretient avec le Dr. Sylvia Bashevkin à propos de son livre Women as Foreign Policy Leaders. Finalement, dans le segment Steve Peeves, quelques mots sur l’inconduite sexuelle dans les forces armées États Unis.

Meaghan Shoemaker est candidate au doctorat en sciences politiques a l’Université Queens. Elle s’intéresse notamment à l’OTAN, à la sécurité humaine, aux anciens combattants et au genre.

Sylvia Bashevkin est professeure au Département de science politique de l’Université de Toronto. Sa recherche porte principalement sur le genre et la politique, notamment l’impact des femmes en tant que dirigeantes publiques.

EPISODE 3: NATO, Boston for Berlin

July 24, 2019

In this episode of Battle Rhythm, Steve and Stef reveal that the Canadian Defence and Security Network (CDSN) is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). They also provide updates on their current research projects and recent travel to Israel (Steve) and Holland (Stef). Discussing the news, Steve and Stef talk about Secretary General of NATO, General Stoltenberg’s recent visit to Canada and Canada’s contributions to NATO. They also discuss the recent accidental disclosure of location of U.S. nuclear weapons in Europe. In the emerging scholar segment, Stef speaks with Sarah Greco about her fascinating PhD dissertation on the salience of soft power mechanisms in power transitions amongst great power rivals. This episode’s featured interview is with Sara Moller who talks NATO in the Trump era. Finally, in Steve’s Peeve’s, Steve argues that presidential tweets matter!

 Battle Rhythm is part of the CGAI Podcast Network, a partner of the CDSN-RCDS.

Guest Biographies:

  • Sara Greco is a doctoral candidate of political studies at Queen’s University, an R.S. McLaughlin Graduate Fellow, and a Student Fellow at the Centre for International and Defence Policy. Her most recent article, co-authored with Stéfanie von Hlatky, is entitled “Soft Contributions are Hard Commitments: NATO and Canada’s Global Security Agenda" and has been published in Canadian Foreign Policy Journal.

  • Sara Bjerg Moller is an Assistant Professor at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Modern War Institute at West Point. Her research interests include military interventions, alliances, and grand strategy. She uses a variety of methods to investigate the group dynamics and interplay of conflict and cooperation in wartime.


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Episode 2: Feminist Futures for the CAF

July 10, 2019

In this episode of Battle Rhythm, Steve and Stef provide updates on their research projects and recent travel. Discussing the news, Steve offers perspective on the political challenges of current Canada-China tensions and Stef highlights the recent appointment of Brig.-Gen. Jennie Carignan to command the NATO training mission in Iraq. In the emerging scholar segment, Stef speaks with Andrea Lane about her research examining the experience of female combat soldiers in Canada. This episode’s featured interview is with Brig.-Gen. Jennie Carignan who talks about leadership and affecting change in the military. Finally, in Steve’s Peeve’s, a plea about force.

 Battle Rhythm is part of the CGAI Podcast Network, a partner of the CDSN-RCDS.

Guest Biographies:

  • Brigadier-General Jennie Carignan is currently the Commander 2nd Canadian Division and Joint Task Force (East) and was recently promoted to Major-Gen. and will take over the command of the NATO training mission in Iraq this fall. Commissioned into the Canadian Military Engineers in 1990, hercommand appointments include Commanding Officer of 5 Combat Engineer Regiment, Commandant of the Task Force Kandahar Engineer Regiment and Commandant of the Royal Military College Saint-Jean. Overseas, she served in deployments to Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Golan Heights, and Kandahar (Afghanistan). BGen Carignan earned a Master's degree from the United States Army Command and General Staff College and the School of Advanced Military Studies. She is a graduate of the National Security Studies Programme and earned a Master’s degree in business administration from Université Laval. BGen Carignan is the recipient of the Order of Military Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal. She received the prestigious Gloire de l'Escolle medal which recognizes graduates from Université Laval who have distinguished themselves professionally and in service to their communities. She was recently awarded an honorary doctorate in Business Administration from Université Laval.

  • Andrea Lane is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at Dalhousie University. She holds a BA (Hons) in Political Science from Dalhousie, and an MA in International Affairs from Carleton (NPSIA,) with previous studies in English Literature and Classics. Her MA thesis tested a theory of differential mobilization into non-Islamic terrorism, while her undergraduate thesis explored civil-military tension in the Auditor General’s review of defence procurement in Canada. Andrea’s research interests include maritime security, military cultures, civil-military relations, defence policy and procurement, gender in security, and Canadian foreign policy.


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Épisode 2 – Le transfert de pouvoirs au niveau mondial

Dans cet épisode de Battle Rhythm, Steve et Stef font le point sur leurs projets de recherche et leurs récents voyages. En discutant les actualités, Steve donne sa perspective sur les défis politiques des tensions entre le Canada et la Chine et Stef souligne la récente nomination du brigadier-général Jennie Carignan qui commandera la mission de formation de l’OTAN en Irak. Dans le segment pour les chercheurs émergents, Stef parle avec Andrea Lane de sa recherche sur l’expérience des femmes soldats de combat dans les forces armées canadiennes. L’entrevue spéciale est avec brigadier-général Jennie Carignan, qui offre quelques réflexions sur le leadership and la meilleure façon d’apporter des changements dans l’armée. Dans Steve’s Peeves, un plaidoyer au sujet de l’utilisation de force militaire.

Notes biographiques

Brigadier-général M.A.J. Carignan - Diplomée du Collège militaire royal du Canada en génie, la brigadier-général Jennie Carignan se joint au Génie militaire canadien en 1990. Elle occupe plusieurs postes de commandement, notamment celui de commandant du 5e Régiment du génie de combat, commandant du régiment de génie de la Force opérationnelle Kandahar et commandant du Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean. À l’étranger, elle participe à des missions en Bosnie-Herzégovine, sur le plateau du Golan et à Kandahar (Afghanistan). La Bgén Carignan obtient une maîtrise en arts et sciences militaires du United States Army Command and General Staff College et de la School of Advanced Military Studies. Elle est diplomée du Programme de sécurité nationale et possède une maîtrise en administration des affaires de l’Université Laval. La Bgén Carignan est récipiendaire de l’Ordre du mérite militaire et de la Médaille du service méritoire des mains du gouverneur général du Canada. Elle reçoit la prestigieuse médaille Gloire de l’Escolle, remise aux diplômés de l’Université Laval qui se sont distingués dans leur domaine professionnel et au service de leur communauté. L’Université Laval lui a récemment décerné un doctorat honorifique en administration des affaires.

La brigadier-général Carignan commandera la mission de formation de l’OTAN en Irak.

Andrea Lane est candidate au doctorat en sciences politiques à l’Université Dalhousie. Elle détient un baccalauréat en sciences politiques de l’Université Dalhousie ainsi qu'une maîtrise en affaires internationales de l’Université Carleton (NPSIA).  Andrea s’intéresse dans les domaines de recherche suivants: la sécurité maritime, les cultures militaires, les relations civilo-militaires, la politique et l’approvisionnement en matière de défense, l’égalité des sexes en matière de sécurité et la politique étrangère du Canada.

Episode 1: SHifting Power

June 26, 2019

In the pilot episode of Battle Rhythm Podcast, Steve and Stef introduce themselves and explain the purpose and format of the podcast. They discuss the end of Canada’s peacekeeping mission in Mali and the appointment of Canada’s first ambassador for Women, Peace and Security. In our Emerging Scholar segment, Stef speaks with James Anderson, a US Air Force intelligence officer and Fulbright Scholar on US-Canada security relations. Steve shares some of his thoughts on millennials in the debut of 'Steve's Peeves.'  The feature interview guest is Dr. Dan Drezner, Professor of International Politics at Tufts University and Washington Post Columnist who offers his perspective on the frayed state of the liberal international order.

 Battle Rhythm is part of the CGAI Podcast Network, a partner of the CDSN-RCDS.

Guest Biographies:

  • Daniel W. Drezner is professor of international politics, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a contributing editor at The Washington Post. Prior to joining The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, he taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has previously held positions with Civic Education Project, the RAND Corporation and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and received fellowships from the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Council on Foreign Relations, and Harvard University.

    Drezner has written five books, including "All Politics is Global" and "Theories of International Politics and Zombies," and edited two others, including "Avoiding Trivia." He has published articles in numerous scholarly journals as well as in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Politico, and Foreign Affairs, and has been a contributing editor for Foreign Policy and The National Interest.

    He received his B.A. in political economy from Williams College and an M.A. in economics and Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University. His blog for Foreign Policy magazine was named by TIME as one of the 25 best blogs of 2012, and he currently writes the Spoiler Alerts blog for The Washington Post.

  • James Anderson is a Visiting Fulbright Fellow in Canadian-American relations at the Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP). He is concurrently working on a M.A. in Political Studies at Queen’s University. His research interests include US foreign policy, power transition theory, Canada-US and Canada-China relations. Against the backdrop of a rising China, James seeks to examine whether a historical inquiry of the formative processes of US-Canada relations can inform the future of Canada-China relations in the event that China supplants the US as the world’s ranking power.

    His keen interests in political-military affairs and veteran affairs led to past fellowships with the Washington, D.C. chapter Truman Project’s Defense Council (2018) and the Veterans in Global Leadership (2017). Furthermore, James was listed on the 2016 South Carolina Black Pages Top 20 Under 40 list for his role in uniting and empowering veteran graduates for advocacy in local and national initiatives at his alma mater. James holds a M.A. in International Relations from American University and B.A. in Political Science from the University of South Carolina.


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Dan Drezner’s most recent book: The Ideas Industry: How Pessimists, Partisans, and Plutocrats are Transforming the Marketplace of Ideas.

Movie Recommendation: War Games


Épisode 1 – Le transfert de pouvoirs au niveau mondial

 26 juin 2019

Dans l’épisode pilote de Battle Rhythm Podcast, Steve et Stef se présentent et expliquent le but de ce projet et le format des épisodes. Ils discutent la fin de la mission de paix Canadienne au Mali ainsi que la nomination de la première ambassadrice pour les femmes, la paix et la sécurité, Jacqueline O'neill. Ensuite, Stef parle avec James Anderson, un boursier Fulbright sur les relations de sécurité canado-américaines. Dans le début de "Steve Peeves'", Steve offre quelques réflexions sur la génération du millénaire. L'interview spéciale est avec Dr. Dan Drezner, professeur en politique internationale à l’université Tufts et chroniqueur au Washington Post qui partage son point de vue sur l'état fragile de l’ordre international libéral.

Battle Rhythm fait partie du réseau CGAI, un partenaire du RCDS-CDSN.

Notes biographiques

Daniel W. Drezner est professeur en politique internationale et chroniqueur au Washington Post. Avant de joindre l’université Tufts, il a enseigné à l’Université de Chicago et à l’Université de Colorado à Boulder. 

James Anderson est un boursier Fulbright en relations canado-américaines au Center for International and Défense Policy (CIDP) et un agent de renseignements avec la force aérienne américaine. Il poursuit simultanément une maîtrise en études politiques à l’Université Queen’s. Il s’intéresse notamment à la politique étrangère américaine, à la théorie de la transition du pouvoir, aux et canado-chinoises.