In the third article of the NATO and Nation-Building series, Kaleigh Heard discusses the relationship between local ownership of reconstruction efforts and long-term security.
Kaleigh Heard is a recent alumna of the University of Western Ontario with an Honors Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a Minor in French Translation. She is presently a Master’s Candidate in the War Studies department at the Royal Military College of Canada under the supervision of Dr. Jane Boulden and Dr. Howard Coombs. Her research pertains to the utility of imperial oversight in post-conflict reconstruction, focusing mainly on post-2014 Afghanistan. Kaleigh has worked extensively within the international relations field and academic community, acting as a member of the Corporate Social Responsibility team at a Chicago-based Fortune 150 company, as well an internship with the New York-based International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect. She also acts as a teaching assistant and research analyst at the Royal Military College of Canada. Her interests include humanitarian intervention, post-conflict reconstruction, the intersection of security and development and United States foreign policy.