Benjamin Zyla is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for International Relations at Queen’s University, and the Centre for International Policy Studies at the University of Ottawa. His research interests lie at the intersection of international relations (specifically international organizations and international security studies), global governance, foreign policy analysis, and transatlantic affairs. Ben is currently working on two research projects. Funded by a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship (2009-10), he compares the whole-of-government approaches of Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States in the context of peace-building in Afghanistan. In collaboration with Phil Lagassé, he is working on he is working on a project that tries to identify and explain the factors that propelled the evolution of Canadian national policy in the 1990s. This project is funded by the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Office of the Vice-President, Research, University of Ottawa (2009-2010). Ben holds Bachelor degrees from Sweden and Germany, a M.A. in Political Science from Carleton University (Ottawa, 2003), and a Ph.D. in War Studies (as a civilian) from the Royal Military College of Canada (Kingston, 2007). In the summer of 2008, Ben was a Visiting Scholar at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University. His previous research was also made possible by a postdoctoral fellowship from the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa (2008-09), and the R. B. Byers postdoctoral fellowship held at the Centre for International Relations, Queen’s University (2007-08), the Government of Canada Award (International Council of Canadian Studies, 2005-07), and a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD, 2002-2003).

A summary of the SSHRC project can be found here.




  • L’unilatéralisme avec le sourire Bilan des relations germano-américaines et perspectives pour 2009, Note du Cerfa 62 (Paris, Brussels: Comité d’études des relations franco-allemandes (Cerfa)), ISBN: 978-2-86592-503-2.

Peer refereed journal article

  • (forthcoming) Zyla, B. “Years of free-riding? Canada, the new NATO, and collective crisis management in Europe, 1989-2001,” American Review of Canadian Studies.
  • Zyla, B. “NATO and post-Cold War burden-sharing: Canada “the laggard?”, International Journal vol. 64, no. 2, pp. 337-359.


  • Zyla, B. “Riding the Asian Tiger? – How the EU Engaged China Since the End of the Cold War,” Special edition of Current Politics and Economics of Europe, vol. 17, no.1 (Fall 2007), pp. 1-21. Reprinted in Amy Verdun, The European Union and Asia: What Is There to Learn? (Hauppauge N.Y.: Nova Science Publishers, 2009).
  • Zyla, B. “A Bridge just far enough? – Canada and the transatlantic link today,” London Journal of Canadian Studies, no. 23 (2007), pp. 131- 153.
  • Zyla, B. “Multilateralism a la carte? – The George W. Bush administration and traditions of US foreign policy,” WeltTrends (Berlin), Zeitschrift für Internationale Politik und Vergleichende Studien [Journal for International Affairs and comparative studies], vol. 54 (Spring 2007), pp. 113-126.
  • Zyla, B. “How the E.U. supports the Bush doctrine,” Review of European and Russian Affairs, vol. 2, no. 2 (2006), pp.5-27.
  • Zyla, B. “Caught between Venus and Mars: Canadian Earthlings in the transatlantic relationship after Iraq,“ Critique – A World Wide Journal of Politics (Fall 2006), pp. 147- 168.

Peer-reviewed chapters in books

  • Zyla, B. (accepted for publication) “What Difference Does it Make in the World? Canada’s Devotion to a Cumbersone Alliance in the 1990s,” in David Long and Franz Kernic, Transatlantic Relations and International Conflict Management: Challenges and Responses (New York: Routledge, 2010).
  • Zyla, B. first-author with Joel J. Sokolsky, “Canada and the Atlantic Alliance in the post-Cold War era: More NATO than NATO?,” in Nikola Hynek, and David Bosold (eds): Canada’s New Foreign and Security Policy Strategies: Re-Examining Soft and Hard Dimensions of Middlepowerhood (Oxford and Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2009).
  • (forthcoming) Zyla, B. 26 commissioned entries about topics in the field of IR and IPE in Kurian, George T. (ed.), International Encyclopedia of Political Science (Washington: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2009).
  • Zyla, B. “Riding the Asian Tiger? – How the EU Engaged China Since the End of the Cold War,” in Amy Verdun (ed), The European Union and Asia: What Is There to Learn? (Hauppauge N.Y.: Nova Science Publishers, 2009).
  • Charron, Andrea; Zyla, B.; Boulden, Jane,  “NATO, the EU and Darfur: Separate but Together,” in Peter Schmidt (ed.) A Hybrid Relationship: Transatlantic Cooperation beyond NATO (Frankfurt a. M.: Peter Lang, 2007), pp. 147-160. Reviewd in Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft (ZPOL), Germany, 21.05.2008.
  • Zyla, B. “Canada and NATO’s first round of enlargement,” in Natalie Mychajlyszyn (ed.), Adaptation of NATO: From the North Atlantic Treaty to Security in Pakistan, BISON Paper 11 (Winnipeg: Centre for Defence and Security Studies, 2007), pp. 85– 107.
  • Zyla, B. “William Jefferson Clinton,” in Carl Hodge and Cathal Nolan (eds), U.S. Presidents and Foreign Policy: From 1789 to the Present (Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 2007), pp. 367-376.
  • Zyla, B. “The Balance of Power Theory,” in Rodney P. Carlisle (ed.), Encyclopedia of Politics: The Left and Right (Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA., 2005), pp. 541-45. The book won the ‘Best of Reference Award’, The New York Public Library, 2006.
  • Zyla, B. “Understanding American Foreign Policy: U.S. Foreign Policy Traditions and the George W. Bush administration,” in Tomasz Pludowski, (ed.), American Politics, Media, and Elections: Contemporary International Perspectives on US Presidency, Foreign Policy, and Political Communication (Warsaw and Torun: Collegium Civitas Press and Adam Marszalek, 2005), pp. 133-147.

Book reviews

  • Zyla, B. Contemporary Security and Strategy by Craig A. Snyder (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), reviewed in International Journal vol. 63, no.3 (Summer 2008), pp.794-96.
  • Zyla, B. Old Europe, New Security: Evolution for a Complex World by Adamski, J.; Troy Johnson, M.; Schweiss, C.M. (Ashgate, 2006), reviewd in JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, vol. 46, no.3 (Blackwell Publishing, 2008), pp. 731-32.
  • Zyla, B. Old Europe, New Europe and the US: Renegotiating Transatlantic Security in the Post 9/11 Era by Tom Lansford and Blagovest Tashev. (Alershot, Hants; Burlington, VT: Ashgate) reviewed in Political Studies vol. 5, no. 1 (January 2007), p.127.
  • Zyla, B. Kritik aus D.C.“ Review of Clyde Prestowitz, Der Schurkenstaat: Wohin steuert Amerika?, WeltTrends, Zeitschrift für internationale Politik und vergleichende Studien (Berlin), No. 49 (Winter 2005/2006), pp. 177-79.
  • Zyla, B. American Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy by Ivo H. Daalder and James M. Lindsay, reviewed in Canadian Military Journal vol. 5 no.3 (Autumn 2004), pp. 76-77.

Other articles

  • Zyla, B. “Why Canada Makes a Difference,” Vanguard Magazine (March/April 2008), pp. 14-15.
  • Mariano, Stephen J.; Zyla, B. “Ten Reasons to Stay in Afghanistan.” National Post, A14, Tuesday, April 11, 2006. Réédité dans The Transatlantic Quarterly (Fall/Winter/Spring 2005-06), published by the Atlantic Council of Canada.