Queen's University

Dr. Sté​fanie von Hlatky

Associate Professor, Department of Political Studies
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I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Studies at Queen's University, I am the former Director of the Queen’s Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP), and founder of Women In International Security Canada Inc. I earned my BA from McGill University, and my PhD from the Université de Montréal. I have held positions at Georgetown University, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Dartmouth College, the Centre for Security Studies at the ETH Zurich, and was a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair at the University of Southern California.

My research focuses on NATO, armed forces, military cooperation, interventions, alliances, deterrence and gender dynamics in the armed forces, and defence policy.

My work has been published in the Canadian Journal of Political Science, the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, Defence Studies, International Journal, European Security, Études internationales, Asian Security, as well as the Journal of Transatlantic Studies. I am the author of American Allies in Times of War: The Great Asymmetry (Oxford University Press, 2013), and I have also published two edited volumes: The Future of US Extended Deterrence (with Andreas Wenger) (Georgetown University Press, 2015) and Going to War? Trends in Military Interventions (with H. Christian Breede) (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016).

Most Recent Project

The Conversation: The arrest of Huawei executive has put Canada in tight spot

File 20190120 100273 1o32uz.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Canada has been in the spotlight for acting on an American extradition request, arresting Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of telecommunications giant Huawei and daughter of its founder.

For those in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s corner, the debate so far has focused on the detention of Canadians in China, with Beijing being painted as thuggish for its retaliatory tactics.

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  • The Conversation: The battle to get more women into the military

    File 20170623 12623 umhfx6.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1The Trudeau government released a new defence policy in early June, after months of speculation about the size of the defence budget, purchase of major equipment and Canada’s future role in military operations.

    The election of Donald Trump in the U.S. no doubt threw the process off course and forced certain revisions to the policy, which was initially due in January. The policy offers guidelines on the types of operations the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) might undertake and promises a steady increase in funding over the next decade. But its main focus is on people — the women and men who dedicate their life to military service.

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  • Going to War? Trends in Military Interventions

    Going to War? by Queen's University professor and researcher Dr. Sté​fanie Von HlatkyGoing to War? (co-edited with H. Christian Breede) is multi-disciplinary study on wartime decision-making, with a focus on how Canada and its allies engage in conflict.

    Going to War? investigates the reasons why countries enter conflicts by considering the depth and complexity of issues surrounding military deployments. Showing how such conditions affect future decisions about the use of force, contributors to this volume study recent experiences with military interventions - such as regional flash points, the global financial crisis, and public weariness - to outline the crucial factors that influence wartime decision-making.

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  • The Future of US Extended Deterrence: The United States, NATO, and Beyond

    Book cover for: The Future of Extended Deterrence--The United States, NATO, and BeyondThe Future of Extended Deterrence (co-edited with Andreas Wenger) brings together experts and scholars from the policy and academic worlds to provide a theoretically rich and detailed analysis of post-Cold War nuclear weapons policy, nuclear deterrence, alliance commitments, nonproliferation, and missile defense in NATO but with implications far beyond. The contributors analyze not only American policy and ideas but also the ways NATO members interpret their own continued political and strategic role in the alliance.

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  • American Allies in Times of War: The Great Asymmetry

    Cover for American Allies in Times of War: The Great Asymmetry, by Queen's University researcher Stephanie von HlatkeThis book focuses on military cooperation between the United States and its allies in times of war and asks: why are allies so unpredictable? It shows that alliance demands related to military cooperation cannot always be fulfilled by democratic allies due to domestic political constraints. Additionally, concerns over military feasibility can further constrain governments in committing resources to war. Taking these constraints into account is key to explain the varying levels of military cooperation between democratic allies. This book also explains how American allies can turn down US requests for political and military support.

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