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  • Last updated: 19 Mar. 2024 12:24

MINDS Fellow

Dr Jean-François Belanger

Dr Jean-Francois Belanger

Jean-François joins NDC as a Marie-Curie Fellow at the Danish Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Southern Denmark, and a non-resident fellow at the Cornell University Brooks Tech Policy Institute. He was previously a postdoctoral researcher in the Balsillie School of International Affairs at the University of Waterloo (2020-2023), and a postdoctoral researcher in the International Security Studies at Yale University (2018-2020).

He’s currently leading Wargaming as Experiments: Strategy and Unintended Consequences (WESUE) funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 fund as part of his Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship. The project uses geopolitical simulations to understand better the causes of nuclear escalation and restraint. Jean-François is interested in the ways in which geopolitical simulations can be used to generate data in rare events, develop better heuristics for crisis decision-making, and to inform military exercises.

Jean-François holds a PhD in Political Science from McGill University, an MA fin Political Science from Dalhousie University, and an honor’s degree in Political Science from Concordia University. He has taught classes at McGill and Concordia University. He also acts as a consultant on questions of defense and security (mainly procurement), and cybersecurity. Additionally, he is a board member for IN-SEC-M, Canada’s cybersecurity cluster.

In his free time he enjoys Brazilian jiu-jitsu, cooking, and writing science-fiction. He will eventually complete his pilot license.