Khalid Mahdi is a Research Analyst and Editor of the NATO’s Arc of Crisis program at the NATO Association of Canada. Khalid holds a Master of Global Affairs (MGA) Degree from the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. Khalid also holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Political Science from the University of Toronto. His research interests lie in the areas of East-Asian security, nuclear proliferation and security, and terrorism. In February 2015, Khalid received a Graduate Research Award for Disarmament, Arms Control, and Non-Proliferation from the Simons Foundation and Global Affairs Canada, for his position paper on the efficacy of multilateral export controls pertaining to the regulation of dual-use sensitive space technologies. Khalid can be reached at

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Has Iran Reached A Turning Point In Its Relations With The World?

Our program editors debate whether Iran’s adherence to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signifies a new era in its foreign policy.

Asia-Pacific Khalid Mahdi

As Close as Lips and Teeth? A Re-examination of Chinese-North Korean Relations

Following North Korea’s third nuclear test in February 2013, China has been increasingly vocal in its displeasure of the country’s recent activities. This article questions whether relations between the two countries will endure under such turmoil.

Cyber Security and Emerging Threats Khalid Mahdi

Who Says That Drones Are Just For Assassinations? A Recap of the May 8th Drones Roundtable

On May 8, 2013, the NATO Council of Canada held a roundtable discussion on the growing role of robots in warfare. The roundtable touched upon some of the tactical, legal and moral controversies surrounding the use of drones on the battlefield.

Cyber Security and Emerging Threats Khalid Mahdi

International Condemnation of the North Korean Nuclear Test: Firmness in the Face of Insanity?

On February 12, 2013, North Korea conducted its third nuclear test. This article examines North Korean actions and rhetoric in the aftermath of the test, and the impact of international sanctions.