My name is William Handfield-Jones, and I am a fifth year Public Affairs and Policy Management student. I have specialized in international policy with a concentration in conflict as well as taking a history minor which is why I am currently enrolled in this class. Most of my research throughout university has focused on International Humanitarian Law, the Canadian military and Canada’s role on the world stage.
My interest in these fields stem from my family’s history in the Canadian military. Both my parents as well as two uncles and my grandfather all served, and this allowed me to live in Europe throughout my high school years as my father was posted in Belgium. While there I was able to meet the offspring of military members from other NATO countries, who I am still friends with to this day. Some of these friends are from Eastern and Central European countries, and their families’ experiences living in the USSR spurred my interest in European history and politics, especially when related to authoritarianism. As many of these countries have mandatory military service, and due to my family history, I was inspired to join the Canadian military, and am currently in the process of enrolling as an infantry officer.
In my personal time, I enjoy spending time with my roommates whether it be watching tv, board games or anything else that helps pass the time in these weird days. I have a number of friends who work in the Byward Market and am looking forward to paying them visits in the future once everything has opened up again. I enjoy travelling a great deal, so hopefully once I am done Basic Training, I will posted somewhere abroad that I have yet to see.
I look forward to getting to know you all better.