Hristijan Ivanovski

Hristijan Ivanovski is a Research Fellow at the University of Manitoba Centre for Defence and Security Studies (CDSS;, Associate Editor (Europe) of iAffairs Canada (, and a former coordination officer with the Secretariat for European Affairs (SEA) of the Republic of Macedonia. Since 2016, he has also been a Member of East-West Bridge (EWB; contributing to the Foundation’s Foreign Policy Task Force.

Hristijan joined the Center in May 2010, after spending four years (2005-2009) as a translation coordination officer with Macedonia’s SEA tasked with co-preparing the country’s national version of Acquis Communautaire (EU law), He has graduated from the Iustinianus Primus Faculty of Law (Ss. Cyril and Methodius State University) in Skopje with a BA in Political Studies and a specialization in International Relations, In 2016, Hristijan obtained an MA degree in Political Studies with a concentration in Strategic and Security Studies from the University of Manitoba. His MA thesis entitled A Common Defence for Europe serves as an important contribution to understanding a perplexing politico-military phenomenon - the European Union’s Common Foreign, Security and Defence Policy (CFSP/CSDP).

Hristijan’s versatile research interests are primarily focused on four areas: Central and Eastern Europe, NATO and the EU’s CFSP/CSDP, arms control and non-proliferation, and Canada’s foreign and defence policies, His academic work relies on an overarching analytical method, including historicism, and cross-combining knowledge and concepts of political, regional, and strategic and security studies. In 2011/12, Hristijan received a Graduate Research Award for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation from the Department of Global Affairs and the Vancouver-based Simons Foundation ( and has since published numerous research papers, commentaries, and scholarly articles internationally. Among other publications, Hristijan’s work has appeared in Canadian Military Journal, Contemporary Macedonian Defence, and Israel Defense. He can be reached at, on LinkedIn, or via Twitter @hristijani1.


Published single-author works:

“Canada’s 2017 Defence Policy: A Triple Boost for Canadian Defence Intelligence.” Canadian Military Journal 19, no.3 (Summer 2019): 57-61. (peer-reviewed, government publication) (EN); (FR); (EN); (FR);

“CSIS, CSE & CFINTCOM: The Pearls of Canada’s Security and Intelligence Establishment.” Canadian Military Intelligence Association (CMIA), Kingston, ON, April 30, 2019.;;;

“The ‘Israel to the Jews’ Act: National Defence by Other Means.” iAffairs Canada, August 20, 2018.

“The ‘Israel to the Jews’ Act: National Defence by Other Means (Part II).” iAffairs Canada, September 10, 2018.


CDSS Participation in Q/A Sessions with Senior NATO Leaders:

Q/A Session with Adrian Kendry, NATO Senior Defence Economist. Topic: "Security despite Austerity." December 18, 2012.  

Q/A Session with James Appathurai, NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy. Topic: NATO's Global Partnerships in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring. March 8, 2012. and

Q/A Session with Oana Lungesku, NATO Spokesperson. Topic: EU/CSDP-NATO Relations and the Importance of this Partnership to European Defence. December 4, 2013.


Other contributions:

“Addressing Verification Dilemmas in the Dawn of Nuclear Renaissance: An Extended Focus on (Potential) Non-Compliance.” (unpublished paper on the future of the IAEA’s safeguards verification role; shortlisted by DFAIT and the Simons Foundation in phase two of the 2011-2012 Graduate Research Awards for DACN)                 

 “Towards Virtual Disarmament: Addressing Gaps in the Promise.” (unpublished paper on the future of nuclear strategy; shortlisted by DFAIT and the Simons Foundation in phase one of the 2011-2012 Gradate Research Awards for DACN)                                                                      

Arms Control and Proliferation Roundtable. Policy Paper on US Nuclear Strategy. 2011 (63rd) Conference on US Affairs (SCUSA).West Point, New York, November 5, 2011. (published in the online version of the Undergraduate Journal of Social Sciences).