Brandon Ray, former International Policy Institute Arctic Fellow (2016-18) is an author on a just-published paper in the American Review of Canadian Studies. The Model Arctic Council: Simulated negotiations as pedagogy an embodied diplomacy, demonstrates how the Model Arctic Council both produces and constitutes diplomacy. Authors L. Saron, V. Muzik, B. Ray, G. Gambrell, L. Yona and R. Comeau argue that the Model Arctic Council challenges students to think about the influence of the Permanent Participants (Indigenous organizations on the Arctic Council) and other non-state actors effectively bringing to light the “false binaries between state diplomacy and non-state diplomacy” (p. 105).
Brandon’s thesis, Framing Arctic renewable energy: A multi-stakeholder analysis (June 2018), examined how various actors frame the shift from oil/gas-based energy to renewable energy for the Arctic regions of the United States and Canada. Nives Dolšak was his supervisor; Tom Leschine and Nadine Fabbi served on his committee.
Brandon is currently on active duty with the U.S. Navy.