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Experts Available: The Inauguration of Donald Trump

With the inauguration of Donald Trump taking place Friday, Jan. 20, Carleton experts are available to comment:

Elliot Tepper

Distinguished Senior Fellow, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Security and Defence Studies

Phone: 613-225-8076 or 613-852-4262
Emaile_tepper@carleton.ca or elliottepper@rogers.com

Tepper has worked with national and international organizations on a broad range of topics and has been engaged with media throughout his career. He can offer commentary on international relations, nuclear issues, the United Nations and terrorism.

John Higginbotham

Senior Distinguished Fellow, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs

Phone: 613-325-8806
Email: john.higginbotham@carleton.ca or johnhigginbotham@rogers.com

Higginbotham has served in senior Canadian diplomatic posts in Washington, D.C., Hong Kong and Beijing, and as an assistant deputy minister in Transport Canada, Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) and the Canada School of Public Service (CSPS).

Meredith Lilly

Associate Professor and Simon Reisman Chair in International Affairs, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs

Phone: 613-520-2600, ext. 1387
Email: Meredith.Lilly@carleton.ca

Lilly is an award-winning researcher and public policy expert. She served as Foreign Affairs and International Trade adviser to Canada’s prime minister from 2013 to 2015.  She has extensive experience in free-trade negotiations and international trade, public policy development, executive branch decision making, international security matters and Canada-U.S. relations.

Lilly is available to comment on international trade and economic issues and the potential implications of Trump’s presidency for the Canada-U.S. relationship.

Colin Robertson

Senior Distinguished Fellow, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs

Email: robcolin@gmail.com

Robertson is Vice-President and Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

A career foreign service officer from 1977 to 2010, he served as first head of the Advocacy Secretariat and minister at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. He was consul general in Los Angeles, with previous assignments as consul and counsellor in Hong Kong and in New York at the United Nations and Consulate General. In his final assignment, he directed a project on Canada-U.S. engagement at Carleton University’s Centre for Trade Policy and Law, with the support of the federal and provincial governments and the private sector.

Robertson is available to comment on the potential implications of Trump’s presidency for Canada-U.S. relations.

Melissa Haussman

Professor, Department of Political Science

Phone: 613-520-2600, ext. 2768

Haussman teaches U.S. and comparative North American politics. Her scholarship has generally focused on questions of comparative political institutions and behaviour in the U.S. and Canada, with particular emphasis on gender issues. She is the author, co-author or co-editor of five books. She is currently co-editor of the International Journal of Canadian Studies.  Among her recent publications is a co-authored chapter with Prof. Lori Turnbull comparing the shift toward “responsible parties” in the U.S. Congress versus a more executive- centered system in Canada under former prime minister Stephen Harper. This chapter was part of Canada and the U.S.: Differences that Count (2014). This book was listed as one of the Hill Times Top 100 Books on Canada in 2014.

Haussman is an American who became interested in Canadian-U.S. comparative politics while spending a semester in Quebec during the 1980 referendum. Haussman worked as the legislative aide to a Massachusetts state representative in 1984 to 1986, and served as a local Town Meeting Member in Massachusetts.  In 2008, she took Carleton undergraduate and graduate students to work on the Hillary Clinton presidential primary campaign.

David Carment

Professor of International Affairs, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs

Phone: 613-520-2600, ext. 6662
Email: david.carment@carleton.ca

Carment is a NATO Fellow and is listed in Who’s Who in International Affairs. He serves as the principal investigator for the Country Indicators for Foreign Policy project (CIFP). He is the editor of Canadian Foreign Policy Journal and is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

He has served as the director of Carleton’s former Centre for Security and Defence Studies (now part of the Centre for Security, Intelligence and Defence Studies). He has received SSHRC fellowships and research awards, Carleton’s Research Achievement Award and a Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award. He has held fellowships at the Kennedy School, Harvard and the Hoover Institution, Stanford. He currently heads a team of researchers that evaluates policy effectiveness in failed and fragile states.

Kerri Froc

Adjunct Research Professor and Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Law and Legal Studies

Email:   kerri.froc@carleton.ca

Froc’s research is focused on the history and philosophical underpinnings of the right to equality under section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. She is also writing a book on gender equality and reviving Canada’s equal rights amendment.

Her research has appeared in publications such as the Canadian Bar Review, the Review of Constitutional Studies, the Canadian Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law, and in the anthologies Feminist Constitutionalism and Advancing Social Rights in Canada. She lectures and writes on issues concerning theories of constitutional interpretation, access to justice, reproductive rights, rights of political representation, and complex rights violations experienced by working women, poor women and racialized and Indigenous women, among others.

Froc is available to comment on topics related to women’s rights.


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