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The friendships we made on the trip will lead to a wide network of connections down the road.

The entire process of strategic planning and forecasting for the potential crisis has me highly intrigued and is partly why I am interested in pursuing a career within the intelligence sector.

I feel way more confident about my public speaking and negotiating skills.

It is bittersweet because we have been a cohort that has visited so many places, talked to many officials around the world, and learned and grown together.

I've been thinking of the NATO Field School during COVID-19, and how it must be affected by the global pandemic. I am so grateful for everything I learned during the field school and how it gave me an unparalleled hands-on experience that helped me to advance my studies in political science. It was actually because of the field school, especially our stop in Riga, that I have decided to do a masters in strategic communications, as I feel that it is an incredibly important and current field of study. I am applying to the Strategic Communications programs at King's College London and at the London School of Economics.

(Chloe Lovato, NATO Field School 2019)

Featured Alumni

Joseph Waugh, MA
NATO Field School 2019















Joshua Thomas Baker, BA (Hons.)
NATO Field School 2018


I began my MA in political science at Simon Fraser University in 2018. Knowing my interest in international relations, my faculty advisor, Professor Alexander Moens, suggested that I attend the NATO Field School in summer 2019. I'm so glad that I did. This program gave me an intensive look at what it is like to work in the field of international relations and gave me a practitioner's perspective on topics of international security. During the program, I developed practical skills and experience that helped fill out my resume and prepare me to apply for jobs in the federal government. I have since been accepted into the Policy Officer Recruitment Program through the Department of National Defence and I will be starting an exciting career in national security in September. It is not an overstatement to say that I would not have gotten here without having attended the NATO Field School. If you are interested in international relations or international security, I highly recommend that you consider the program.

*The Policy Officer Recruitment Program at the Department of National Defence offers talented individuals the opportunity to become effective defence policy officers. Since 1987, this prestigious program has accepted 200 individuals, many of whom are now in senior policy officer or executive positions in the federal government.

I am a current graduate student at The Johns Hopkins University – School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C.  At SAIS, I am concentrating on Security Studies where I am focused on developing the necessary skillset and knowledge to work for the Department of National Defence and later with NATO. In May and June of 2018, I completed the SFU NATO Field School, and I am confident it was one of the best decisions I made as an undergraduate student. Before the Field School, I was studying at the University of Calgary, beginning my undergraduate thesis on the First Canadian Army in the Normandy Campaign. Though studying military history is a passion of mine, I became very interested in current international issues, such as the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia and the growing military presence of China in the South China Sea.

It was the NATO Field School that allowed me to combine my passion for military history and my growing interest in international security. While on the Field School, it became clear that if I wanted to work on the international stage, I would need to continue my education at the graduate level in international relations. The NATO Field School allowed me to develop an in-depth understanding of current contentious issues and how international organizations like NATO, respond to new threats, such as hybrid warfare, dis-information, refugee crises, and climate change. As such, my experience with the Field School gave me a competitive edge on my resume.