Barış Atakan Kafadar is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto where he obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction. His area of study consists of a double major in International Relations and Peace, Conflict and Justice alongside a minor in Diaspora and Transnational Studies. Barış has also been published in the Arbor Journal of Undergraduate Research with an article titled “An Ecofeminist Approach to Domination and Hierarchy in Times of Climate Crisis.”
Alongside being an intern at the NATO Association of Canada, Barış also holds a position on the Board of Directors at the Federation of Canadian Turkish Associations. With this experience, Barış has developed a deep understanding of diaspora relations and power dynamics within domestic Canadian politics. As an aspiring peacekeeper, Barış aims to work in the Western Balkans in not only promoting security but developing the region into a beacon stability and democracy.
Armenia and Azerbaijan have been rivals since long before the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and conflict between the two has become a norm. Barış Atakan Kafadar examines how peace and cooperation in the region is possible and sustainable.
Will the newly elected Giorgi Meloni maintain ties with NATO? Barış Atakan Kafadar examines the implications of the new Italian far-right government on NATO-Italy relations.
Should Kosovo risk political and economic instability for NATO membership? Barış Atakan Kafadar examines the militarization of the Kosovo Security Forces and how they strengthen Kosovo’s NATO desire.