October 2017 – Consul General James K. Hill leaves Seattle to become Ambassador of Costa Rica. In September 2017 Consul General for Mexico, Robert Dondisch, hosted a dinner party in his honor.
Jay-Kwon Park successfully defended his master’s thesis, “Projecting South Korea’s Future as a Middle Power in the Arctic,” on December 6, 2017. His thesis analyzes South Korea’s efforts to use its status as a middle power to have a greater influence in international relations. Using Canada as one of the examples of how the Arctic Council has provided a venue for middle powers, Jay-Kwon goes beyond the popular view that South Korea is driven by economic interests in the Arctic, arguing that its many activities, particularly in enhancing relations with Arctic indigenous peoples, puts South Korea in a unique category. Vincent Gallucci, former faculty director of Canadian Studies, and Nadine Fabbi served as chair and committee member, respectively.
Brandon Ray, MA student in International Studies, defended his thesis in early June 2017 and was awarded a High Pass by his thesis committee. Brandon’s thesis focuses on how various organizations, sub-national regions, and Indigenous peoples in Canada and the United States are responding to renewable energy policies. In the photo Brandon (second from right) with his chair, Nives Dolsak (far right), Marine and Environmental Affairs; Tom Leschine, also with the School of Marine Affairs; and Nadine Fabbi, Managing Director of the Canadian Studies Center.