Jayson Derow is a Research Analyst at the NATO Association of Canada. He has completed his studies for a Master of Arts in Political Studies, with a specialization in International Relations at Queen’s University. Eight years of military service in the Canadian Armed Forces with the Royal Regina Rifles and one deployment to Afghanistan in 2010 has influenced his desire to study politics and international relations. His research interests broadly concern American, Canadian, and European foreign and defence policy analysis; Western state relations with NATO; Western policy and the MENA region; and war and civil conflict. After serving in the military, he went on to co-found the Youth Atlantic Treaty Association of Canada (YATA Canada), which aims to educate and promote co-operation among young professionals in NATO Allied and Partner states in the constantly changing security environment. As the organization’s president, he works with university students and young professionals to build the next generation of policy leaders, through creating volunteerism opportunities, encouraging open dialogue through forums and debates, and by developing leadership skills. Jayson is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration at Queen’s University School of Policy Studies.