Analyst / Researcher experienced as a Program Director with the NATO Association of Canada, a United Nations junior consultant, and National Security reporter with iPolitics.ca.

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About Claire

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First I was a parliamentary reporter covering national security, then I went on to work as a Program Director with NATO in Canada, then flew off to Kigali, Rwanda for a short term contract with the United Nations Populations Fund.

My work with the United Nations was brief but rewarding. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have contributed to advocacy and policy papers on access to abortion, limitations on contraceptives for teenagers, the barriers facing teen mothers, and the impacts of high fertility on low income populations. I filled a gap in the Communications department given my history in journalism during a long hiring period, reassessing their unit’s assets and protocols for improvements. As one of the few English first language staff in the country office, I was a valuable addition to projects across every unit and gained invaluable experience from being included and relied on in more meaningful ways than translation.

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 gender security, climate change, refugees and migration, civilian-military relationships and so much more. As the Association’s primary contact in Ottawa, the larger part of my role was to build and sustain relationships with diplomats and ambassadors, politicians and bureaucrats including those at the Department of National Defence and Global Affairs, and civil society counterparts. I travelled to Berlin, Paris, Montreal and Toronto in this capacity, working to grow our association as well as our youth counterparts and partners as leaders in our respective networks. 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: the Women Peace and Security Network; Women in International Security – Canada; the Canadian International Council; Oxfam Canada, and TSAS, the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (to name a few).

It’s been a winding and interesting road through policy coverage to policy writing, building skills that carry on to whatever I come up with next. The goal has always been the same; do the work to help define a better world, increasing dialogue on difficult issues to eliminate barriers of entry for the next generation along the way. With such diverse experience, I offer a lot to multilateral discussions and organizations.

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.  My stint with the UN delayed my plans to pursue a master’s degree but I will likely be found in a classroom in September, 2020.

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

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Contact

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You can always email me at clairem.wahlen@gmail.com.

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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