Leaving a legacy of strength at NPSIA

Two faculty members who have made immeasurable contributions to the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) retired at the end of June.

Martin Rudner stayed until the close of business on June 29, “until the last light was out.”

After 23 years at Carleton as professor, associate director and acting director at NPSIA, and founding director of the Canadian Centre of Intelligence and Security Studies, Rudner did much to raise intelligence and security studies to a major focus of the master’s program in international affairs.

Over the decades, he contributed to numerous conferences and seminars, commented on and analysed international security affairs for the media and consulted and lectured on security and counter-terrorism issues for the Canadian government and international authorities.

Maureen Molot, who was at NPSIA since 1982 as associate director and director, says, “I will desperately miss being part of a place I have been connected to for a very long time.”

While Molot will continue as editor of the Canadian Foreign Policy journal and continue her research on the automobile industry, she downplays her legacy to the school—her contributions to the study of international political economy and Canadian foreign policy, her part in building up NPSIA’s faculty, initiating the joint MA/LLB program with the University of Ottawa, helping to develop NPSIA’s first proposal for a PhD program and assisting in creating the Centre for Trade Policy and Law.

“It has been a team effort,” Molot insists. “This is an extraordinary collegial place where people work together. NPSIA has evolved to become one of the top schools in North America and these things don’t happen without a lot of work on the part of a large number of people.”

NPSIA director Fen Hampson is quick, however, to give credit where it is due.

“The strength of the school today is in no small measure due to [Molot’s] enormous contributions as a former director and faculty member. She has played a key leadership role.”

Of Rudner, Hampson says, “His energy and enthusiasm and commitment have made the Canadian Centre for Intelligence and Security into one of the leading centres for policy research and public discussion on security and intelligence issues across the country.”

As his own assistant, Janet Doherty, and administrator Brenda Sutherland retired at the same time as Molot and Rudner, Hampson reflected that, “In an ideal world, we wouldn’t have so many talented and committed individuals retiring at the same time. They are leaving a legacy of strength that the school will continue to build on for the future.”

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