Currently with the United Nations Populations Fund in Kigali, Rwanda; former Program Director with the NATO Association of Canada and national security reporter with

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About Claire



A60A3230First I was a parliamentary reporter, then I worked with NATO – now I’m off to Kigali, Rwanda to work with the UNFPA.

It’s been a winding and interesting road through policy coverage to policy writing, culminating in this next journey with the United Nations. The goals have always been the same; contribute to a better world by improving and increasing dialogue on difficult issues. With such diverse experience, I offer a lot to multilateral discussions and organizations.

With the NATO Association of Canada, my goal was to explore the history of the alliance and the challenges it faces today. Programming went beyond the same tired topics and usual suspects to address climate change, refugee security, military – civilian relationships, gender security, hybrid warfare and so much more. As the association’s primary contact in Ottawa, the other half of my role was to build and sustain relationships with NATO nation embassies and high commissions, the federal government as well as federal departments, including Global Affairs, Veterans Affairs, and the Department of National Defence. I travelled to Berlin, Paris, Montreal and Toronto in this capacity, working within our association to grow as well as with youth counterparts and partners to increase our visibility. I’ve had academic papers shared at several conferences around the world and even presented some at workshops and seminars. It’s been a practicum in international relations and diplomacy and one I am very grateful to have met so many generous and kind people throughout.

As a parliamentary reporter, I focused heavily on national and digital security as well as contributing to the newsoom’s broad political coverage. I’ve also had bylines in the National Post, the Telegraph Journal, the Chronicle Herald, and Vice, among others. I’ve done hits for tv and radio, for CTV and CBC – you learn to tell stories on every medium in this modern day journalism. I spend far too much time on social media as a result of working with it so much as a reporter (send help).

I’m a proud member, support and sometimes volunteer in several organizations: Women in International Security – Canada; the Women Peace and Security Network; the Canadian International Council; Oxfam Canada, and TSAS, the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (to name a few). Check them out if you’re interested in being involved too!

I graduated from the University of King’s College with a Bachelor in Journalism (honours) and a double honour in Political Science from Dalhousie University. This placement with the UN has delayed my plans to pursue a master’sdegree but I will be reapplying for the 2020/2021 academic year.

I am English native and working on my French (intermediate) and German (rudimentary).

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You can always email me at

I’m very active on Twitter at @Claire_Wahlen.

Also on Instagram.

And LinkedIn.

Do you still use a phone as a phone? Me too! Happy to give my number to anyone looking for it.

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