Feature Team

Senior Editors

Francesca Wallace

Frankee is a U1 student studying political science and geography. This is her second year working with MIR and she enjoys writing about Canadian politics and foreign policy. Hailing from Burlington, Ontario, she enjoys the diverse array of perspectives that McGill has to offer.


Sarie Khalid

Sarie is an Economics and Political Science double major student who has a passion for the Middle East. His hobbies include Islamism, Macroeconomic policy, Counter-Terrorism and Pink Floyd. Sarie also previously wrote for The Khaleej Times, which is one of the oldest English newspapers in the Arabian Gulf.

Andrew Figueiredo

Andrew Figueiredo is a first year student from Wichita, Kansas, USA studying International Development Studies and History. He has always loved politics and has been heavily involved, working on campaigns attending the United States Senate Youth Program. Andrew is also a member of IRSAM’s Model UN Delegation Team. His interests include working class political trends, campaign strategy, international power relations, political history, and economic justice. Andrew seeks to provoke intriguing discourse about global affairs and to broaden his knowledge.

May Lim

May is a U3 International Development Studies Honors major with minors in political science and East Asian studies. May was born in South Korea, raised in Vancouver, and is loving Montreal minus its winter. She enjoys reading and writing about political dynamics in East Asia, as well as international organizations and policy with special regards to human rights.

Arnavi Mehta

Arnavi Mehta is a U2 student studying Honours Political Science with a minor in Economics. She was born in India and has lived in the Middle East and South East Asia, and subsequently developed an interest for the history and politics of those regions. Arnavi wants to explore the role of media and political economy in international conflicts, law and conflict resolution.

Harrison Brewer

Harrison Brewer

I am a second year Classics student from London, UK with a patriotic love of British and European politics. I am also well versed in Iranian politics, International Relations, the UN and Ancient History although the last one is less relevant.

Jason Li

Jason is a U3 student in honours political science with minors in international development and East Asian studies. Originally hailing from outside Boston, he enjoys exploring American politics, Canadian politics, Chinese-Taiwanese relations, and international diplomacy.

Pauline Werner

Pauline is pursuing an honours degree in political science and economics with a minor in hispanic languages. She is a dual American and French citizen from Kansas City, MO in her second year at McGill. She’s interested in how domestic movements affect foreign policy and the extent to which historical international relations patters have formed our presently globalized world. She also can’t wait for you all to see the great work that MIR will do this year!

Nelanthi Hewa

Nelanthi is a U3 student majoring in English Literature with a double minor in History and Philosophy. She has worked as an editor for several journals at McGill University and is eager to pursue editing and publishing professionally. She is also interested in women’s issues, Canadian and American domestic policies, and the impact of changing demographics on politics.

Henry Off

Henry Off

Henry Off is a fourth year student at McGill studying in the joint honours program of Political Science and Middle East Studies. He specializes in modern Middle East politics.

Nicki Siamaki

Nicki is a U3 student doing a Joint Honours in International Development and Middle East Studies. Consequently, she is interested in writing about the Middle East and International Development, along with politics, human rights, and international law in the region.

Alec Regino

Alec Regino is a U2 studying Sociology and History hailing from Biñan, Philippines. He has a passion for politics in the Asia Pacific region, globalization, the drug trade, cross-strait relations, and the dynamics of race, gender, and religion in society.


Purvi Shrivastava

Purvi Shrivastava is a freshman in the faculty of arts pursuing a major in economics with a double minor in political science and psychology. A polyglot with a passion for global politics, she enjoys writing about elections, United Nations missions, international security and human rights issues. She looks forward to studying Law at the graduate level.

Quinn Lazenby

Quinn Lazenby is a second year Political Science student with a minor in Sexual Diversity. He was born in Calgary, where he grew up performing musical theatre and ballet. Within the arena of international affairs, Quinn’s passion lies in feminist and queer politics.

Brian Wood

I am Brian Wood , a U2 student majoring in Political Science and International Development Studies. I was born and raised in Barbados, a small developing state in the Caribbean faced with social-economic challenges in today’s global world. Growing up in this environment, I have developed a passion for development, humanitarian assistance, and international affairs, with hope of bringing my expertise back to my country. I am mostly interested in US and UK politics as it relates to foreign policy.

Alexandra Yiannoutsos

Alexandra Yiannoutsos

Alexandra is a U0 student from the US, studying Political Science, Economics, and International Development Studies. Her interest in international relations have developed through her extensive travel experiences.

Luca Loggia

Luca is a a third-year Honours student in political science with a minor in psychology. Enjoying both Canadian and Italian citizenship, he was born in beautiful Victoria, British-Columbia, and raised in the cosmopolitan treasure that Montreal embodies. His fields of interest are Canadian foreign policy and Latin American politics, with a particular focus on the Venezuelan polity.

Gabrielle Denis

Gabrielle is a U3 student in Honours Political Science, with minors in Economics and Sociology. Her interests include Southeast Asian political dynamics, the cross-cultural analysis of religious fundamentalisms, and the EU’s agricultural and forestry policy-making.

Mimi Klein

Mimi Klein, born and raised in Los Angeles, is a third year Arts student studying International Development Honors with a minor in Marketing at McGill University. Her interests mainly focus on policy, development and social issues in Latin America and the Middle East, especially in relation to the United States.

Thea Koper

Thea Koper is a second year student at McGill University majoring in Political Science and Philosophy. She is excited to join the MIR team and is fascinated by the world around her. Thea is interested in comparative politics, as well as medieval political theory, and wishes to continue studying and writing about the complicated issues this world faces..

Martin Dimitrov

Martin is an honours political science and psychology student. His academic interests are in political philosophy and the nature of the human mind. He enjoys writing about science and public policy, ethics, and religion.

Emily Hunt

Emily Hunt is an honours political science major with a minor in history, whose interests lie in American politics/intelligence as well as the transformative effects of the Arab Spring. Her hobbies include long distance running, to avoid political reality, and Harry Potter, in hope that wizards might come to help us with our muggle problems.

Adrin Shojaie

Adrin Shojaie is a 4th year Honours Political Science student with a minor in African Studies. His areas of interest include Canadian domestic and foreign policy, Middle Eastern politics, as well as African politics.

Jasmine Lee

Jasmine Lee is a Political Science student in her final year at McGill University. Her interests are not necessarily regional, but rather encompass all issues regarding or related to human rights and the political influence of media. She is currently travelling all over the world, making up for the 20 years of lost time she spent land-locked within Canada and the USA.

Mary Thieffry

Mary us U2 Student majoring in Liberal Arts (History, Culture, and Society stream) and minoring in anthropology and hispanic studies. French/British/Swiss citizen currently the Canadian Dream.

Cassidy Bright

Cassidy Bright is a U1 student from the United States majoring in Political Science and Sociology with a minor in Arabic. She enjoys traveling and learning languages in an effort to broaden her perspective on the world, and writing in order to share it.

Kathryn Schmidt

Kathryn Schmidt is in her third year at McGill pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in the joint honours program for Political Science and History. She is most interested in international politics, political-military affairs, and Turkey’s geopolitical importance.

Juliette Lequesne

My name is Juliette Lequesne; I am a third year student at McGill pursuing a double major in Political Science and History with a minor in German Studies.  I was born in Paris, France but I moved to Prague, Czech Republic when I was a kid and then to London, UK.  These moving experiences have given me the opportunity to open up to different cultures and opinions. My interests include Central & Eastern European politics, Post-Soviet politics as well as Transatlantic Relations. I hope to continue Graduate school in one of these fields.

Iman Lahouaoula

Iman is from Vancouver, located in the best coast, the west coast. A third year studying Honours Psychology, her passions are a seamless blend of science, international relations and history. Her areas of interests are all aspects of the Middle East and North Africa as well as the social and governmental development of Southeast Asian nations.

Jennifer Chan

Jennifer Chan is a second year student majoring in Political Science and minoring in International Development Studies and German. She was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. She enjoys discussions about Canadian politics, international relations, the dwindling population of bees, and socio-economic inequalities.



Natalie Gastevich 

Natalie is a first year Arts student from Chicago. Although she is undecided about her major, she has always had a strong interest in political and international relations. She is most intrigued by social justice issues and is passionate about juvenile justice, specifically in her home town.

Kendal Webb

Kendal is a first year student studying Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies. She is interested in American and international politics, the role of the international community in human rights issues, and the impact of sectarianism in the Middle East.

Maddie Clark

I’m an ArtSci student double majoring in International Development Studies and Biology, and am in my freshman year (hello there USA). I’m from just outside of Washington D.C. in Northern Virginia, so politics have thoroughly inundated my area. I really had no choice but to be interested. In addition to American politics, global health fascinates me, as does human rights, specifically in Africa, both Northern and Sub-Saharan, and the Middle East. My dream is to go into medicine and work for a medical NGO (MSF, Red Cross, etc.).

Isobel van Hagen

Isobel is originally from New York and is a U3 student studying IDS and political science. Her particular areas of interest include the impact of religion on society, women’s empowerment in developing nations, as well as exploring the usefulness, or lack thereof, of international organizations in the development process.

Mia Trana

My name is Mia Trana. I’m a second year joint honours psychology and economics major with a minor in international development. This is my first year writing for the McGill International Review. I’m interested in gender in politics, Asian and U.S. politics. I enjoy running and catching up on sleep in my spare time.

Alexander Sirois

Alex Sirois is a U2 Political Science major and Sociology minor. Originally from Croatia, he intends on pursuing law upon completion of his undergraduate studies at McGill. Alex is intrigued by the socio-political aspects of sports, particularly in multiethnic countries. His main regions of concerns are Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasus, and the Middle East

Alex Tolic

Alex is a U3 student completing a double major in History and Political Science. He is passionate about 19th & 20th century European politics and history, specifically the rise of nationalism and the fall of empires across Europe leading into the First and Second World Wars. In addition to this, American constitutional law as well as international organizations and their role in the Cold War are also topics of his research.

Patricia Sibal

Patricia is a U1 Political Science and International Development student, with particular interest in global human rights issues, feminism, Middle Eastern, Asian and American politics. She’s hoping that she can use MIR as a platform to express her (many and strong) opinions, educate and inform people, and learn from her fellow writers and staff.

Amina Zaidi

Amina Zaidi is second year Economics major and International Relations and Japanese minor. She is fascinated by International law, treaties, and globalization.

Jules Achard

Jules Achard

Jules is a Franco-American third year student pursuing Joint Honours in Political Science and International Development. He takes an interest in American politics, Islamism, the political dynamics of the Middle East and Latin America, as well as the global dynamics shaping environmental and food policy. Born and raised in New York, he is an avid traveller and hopes to add many more interests to his list over the years.

Corrina Vali

Corrina is a U2 student, studying International Development, Economics and Political Science at McGill. Born and raised in India, she is especially interested in South Asian politics and economic development. Corrina hopes to highlight the most pressing issues in the region through her writing. Upon graduation, Corrina aims to work in shaping development policy through international organizations and public agencies.

Alexandre Leroy

Alexandre Leroy is a U3 Management student, majoring in International Management with a minor in Political Science and a Concentration in Strategic Management. His strong interest for China led him to spend six months there last year. As such, he’s fascinated about the country’s rise and its foreign policy. He also enjoys exploring the political consequences of globalisation, especially in Europe.

Arshaaq Jiffry

Arshaaq Jiffry

Arshaaq is a U0 Computer Science major but has a strong passion for international politics especially regarding modern middle eastern development and UK politics. Although, advancing technology is also a big interest of his and hopes he can implement that within his writing. Arshaaq is excited to learn more about the world around him and also express his opinions on the MIR stage.

Anne Karam

Anne Karam

Anne Karam is a U2 student pursuing studies in International Development and Management. Her areas of interest range from the Middle East, particularly the role of religion in politics, to the power dynamics between European countries and to US politics. Anne believes travel is an opportunity to discover new cultures and develop a better rounded view of the world.
Jeremy Monk
Jeremy Monk
Jeremy is a U3 International Development Studies and History double major with a minor in Education. He is from Montreal, but has also lived in New England and Ontario. His main areas of interest are access to primary and secondary education, education in wartime, transportation and education, and place-based education theory.
Nicole Sharma
Nicole Sharma
Nicole Sharma is a U2 student majoring in Political Science and Economics and minoring in Geography (Urban Systems). She is most interested in writing about economic politics, American politics, and technology.
Nandini Srivastava
Nandini Srivastava
Nandini Srivastava is currently in her third and final year pursuing honors in Political Science and a double minor in Sociology and Philosophy. Nandini was a student fellow in the Research Group on Constitutional Studies for the 2015-2016 academic year. She has been working as a junior editor with the online journal called the Initiative for Policy Research and Analysis for the past one year. Her interests include International Relations, International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law and International Security with a focus on the regions of South Asia, Middle East, and North America.
Eloise Goldsmith
Eloise Goldsmith
Eloise Goldsmith is a recently graduated Political Science and Russian Language student from Washington, D.C. She is interested in security issues, gender and human rights and also enjoys writing about the Eurasia region.
Taylor Mitchell
From a quiet neighbourhood in Edmonton, to an apartment on the always-bustling Saint Catherine street, Taylor Mitchell is now finishing her second year at McGill University. She is an English major with a double minor in Political Science and African Studies. Most of her time is spent, however, trying to justify her degree, writing for The McGill Daily, and reading The New Yorker.
Isabel Post
Isabel Post is a U2 Political Science and Russian Language student born in London, England and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Before university, she spent a year studying Russian in Moldova and Ukraine. Her academic interests today include the development of transitional democracies in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia, and the semi-autonomous breakaway republics in those regions.
Helena Martin

Helena Martin is a U1 Arts student majoring in Political Science and minoring in 2 languages. This is her second year writing for MIR. She was born in the Philippines and has lived in Singapore and Ontario. Her constant moving has given her a lot of cultural insight and experience dealing with different norms and traditions. With her writing, she aims to shed light on important immigration, diplomatic affairs, and government issues. In the future, she aims to become a diplomat in order to deal with international affairs that impact the constantly globalising world.

Clara Marchionini

Clara is twenty years old and was born in the South of France in a Swiss-Italian family. She’s been studying political science, economics and communication at McGill since 2015. Her experiences living in Germany, the United States, France and now Canada have led her to develop a keen interest for international relations.

Bosko Dzepina

Bosko is a first-year finance and philosophy student. Interested in global economics & finance, financial regulation, health & economic policy.

Thomas Daechsel

Thomas is a double major in Political Science and History. His focus is largely based on Southeast Asian geopolitics, European affairs, and the growing question of UN legitimacy. If he is feeling brave he may even discuss the hostile battle zone that is Canadian politics.

Nick Chanko

Nick Chanko is a third-year student pursing a Bachelor of Arts at McGill University. He is double majoring in History and Economics. He is most interested in U.S. history, colonial and post-colonial history, as well as economic development. Nick values the historical contextualizing of current events, hopes for a more balanced distribution of power in international relations, and supports robust economic development in a world dominated by continued globalization. Nick is also a member of MICLA, a McGill research group investigating Canadian mining in Latin America.

Hannah Gerber 

Hannah is a U2 Political Science major, minoring in International Development and Philosophy. Hannah enjoys reading, researching and writing about legal policies related to women’s marriage and property rights in East Africa, and about the politics of land grabbing in southeast Asia. Her interests also include intervention on war crises, refugee law and aboriginal rights in Canada.

Jason Arnold

Jason Arnold

Jason is a U0 student studying computer science at McGill. In his spare time, he enjoys debate, trivia, and Overwatch.

Shirley Wang

Shirley Wang

Shirley is a U1 student pursuing a Microbiology and Immunology major and a minor in Political Science. She was born in Germany, and raised in Brampton, Ontario. Her areas of interest include American foreign policy as it relates to conflict resolution on a global scale, China’s rising economic and political influence, and domestic social equality in the US and Canada.

Suzanne Holcomb

Suzanne Holcomb

Suzanne Holcomb is a fourth-year McGill undergraduate student. She is pursuing a joint-honors major in political science and history with a minor in Chinese language. Her areas of interest are strategic studies, asymmetric warfare, China’s domestic and foreign policy, U.S foreign policy, and East, Southeast and Central Asian politics. Suzanne has been to mainland China on three occasions and has lived there for over two years in total. In the past Suzanne has interned at the U.S representational post in Taiwan. As her hometown is Washington D.C, she is also keeping a sharp eye on the ongoing U.S election season.


Marie-Hélène Gyorog

Marie-Hélène is a U3 majoring in International Development and minoring in Communications and French Literature. Growing up in a multicultural city like Geneva in Switzerland, she loves learning about cultural heritages and global immigration. Aside from being a coffee addict, she also really, really enjoys cheese.

Steven Polyakov

Steven is a incoming U2 student from Massachusetts, double majoring in Political Science and Economics. His research interests include European and Middle Eastern politics, particularly the changing dynamic of Europe post-Brexit and the role of foreign intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts. Since his time at McGill, Steven has slowly gained an appreciation for Canadian politics. Steven loves traveling, exploring new places, and meeting new people. He hopes to utilize his interests in law, politics, economics, and international affairs to contribute to the diversity of opinions present in this publication.

Etienne Lee

Hey I’m Etienne, currently in my second year majoring in History and Philosophy with a minor in Political Science. I have a keen interest in Ghana’s Democracy, the contentious political relationship between China and Hong Kong, French Political History and the works of Derrida, mainly his Of Grammatology.

Claudia Leung

Claudia is a second year student studying Political Science, Philosophy and Health Geography. Hailing from the ‘fragrant harbour’ that is Hong Kong, Claudia is particularly interested in Hong Kong and Chinese politics, in addition to health policy, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the future of internet law.

Katie McClelland

Katie McClelland is a U2 student from Maine pursuing Joint Honours in Political Science and Islamic Studies and a minor in Arabic. She is interested in writing about the Middle East, migration policy, and religion in politics.

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