IAPSS USA & Canada
It is a very exciting time to be studying American politics. As the United States pursues an increasingly isolationist foreign policy and debate concerning the direction of domestic policy becomes increasingly populist and polarizing – from Bernie Sanders’ democratic socialism to firmly entrenched global capitalist norms to President Trump’s chaotic kleptocratic cronyism – the decisions being made in the White House today have great and lasting impacts on global trade and hegemonic order. It is also fascinating to observe this moment in world politics from a Canadian perspective. As a nation that has long and largely constructed its national identity by comparing itself to the United States, Canada is facing a moment where it is being forced to define itself though its response to grand social and economic issues such as climate change, immigration, and reconciliation of Indigenous and settler Canadians. These same issues are being raised in the United States, especially as candidates for the next presidential election refine their policy platforms. As neighbours who have historically shared a uniquely strong partnership, and who now face issues together on the global stage, it is only natural that a platform for mutual discourse should emerge, particularly to give a voice to the students and youth of these two nations.
IAPSS USA and Canada is primarily interested in bringing together students of political science, economics, philosophy, and public policy to network, share research, and strengthen connections between schools, regions, and nations. Our vision is to create a platform for student voices, a medium of exchange for informed political discourse, and a series of events and opportunities for personal and professional growth.
The goal for the 2019/2020 mandate is to establish a presence online and at universities across Canada and the United States, build a membership composed of passionate students, and host our first annual convention in Autumn 2020.
Thursday, July 11, 2019: We are excited to welcome Nina Kapur to the team as our Fundraising Coordinator! A recent graduate of the University of Florida with a Joint BA/BSc in Political Science and Psychology, Nina brings a wealth of intelligence and experience to IAPSS USA and Canada. Welcome to the team, Nina!
Saturday, June 8, 2019: All of our social media platforms are now up and running! Keep up to date with info on events, partnerships, research opportunities and more @iapssusacanada on instagram and twitter and on our facebook page, IAPSS USA and Canada!
Saturday, June 1, 2019: Our first day of the new mandate! We have put together a team of highly capable and dedicated volunteers to serve as the executive council of IAPSS USA and Canada, and we look forward to this year of expansion and growth. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you are interested in representing your city or school as an ambassador.