CIPS Best Blog Award 2022: Public Voting Now Open

CIPS Best Blog Award 2022: Public Voting Now Open

It’s that time of year again… time to launch CIPS’ Best Blog award! Just like last year, we hope this competition will provide you with an opportunity to revisit some of the best blogs from the past 12 months.


It gives us great pleasure, then, to announce that public voting for the second-ever blog award is about to begin! The CIPS Best Blog award is designed to recognize the very best blog written in the CIPS community for the previous academic year. During this time, CIPS published 50 original blogs on topics ranging from the war in Ukraine to climate change and from advice to the new minister of foreign affairs to the issue of activists in exile in Canada. We hope that you have enjoyed and appreciated reading them as much as we have. Voting will being on 22 September and conclude on 28 September.

First, some background on the competition so far. Like last year the first round of the competition was judged by a panel of experts – to whom we are extremely grateful (see below for profiles) – who have narrowed down the full list to a top six. This determination was based on the following criteria:

  • The importance of the policy issue discussed
  • The originality of the academic insight it provides
  • The quality of the argument and the quality of the writing

The shortlist is as follows:

  1. The Politics of Travel Bans – by Rita Abrahamsen
  2. Pour une politique étrangère féministe cohérente – by Bénédicte Santoire
  3. NATO vs. Putin: the Lessons of the Ukraine Crisis – by Alexandra Gheciu
  4. Canada and the American Crisis – by Michael C. Williams
  5. Re-imagining the future: Is UNESCO on to something? – by Sarah-Lea Effert

Our judges

Madelaine Drohan

Returning for the third year as a judge, Madelaine Drohan is an award-winning author, editor and journalist who has covered business and politics in Canada, Europe and Africa during her 40-year career. She was the Canada correspondent for The Economist magazine from 2006 to 2019. Her book, Making a Killing: How and why corporations use armed force to do business, won the Ottawa Book Award and was shortlisted for the National Business Book of the Year Award in 2004.

Junie Saint-Fleur

Also returning for a second year as a judge, Junie Saint-Fleur is a program manager for international development organizations. She has more than 12 years of experience as a practitioner in international development, working primarily on issues related to gender and youth empowerment. She holds an LLB in Common Law and a B.A. in Sociology from Université de Moncton and is in the process of obtaining a Masters degree from Université Laval.

David Hornsby 

David Hornsby is a Professor of International Affairs and the Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning) –  Politics of Science, International Political Economy, Canadian Foreign Policy, South African Foreign Policy, International Organization, and Pedagogy in Higher Education at Carleton University.

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