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Brenda O'Neill's 2013 conference paper "The Political and Civic Participation of Canadian Women" has been nominated for the Jill Vicker's Paper Prize. The decision will be announced at the 2014 CPSA Meeting in May.

Maureen Hiebert's paper "R2P as National Security Thesis: Atrocity Prevention and the Goldilocks Problem" has been nominated for Best Paper in International Relations at the Midwest Political Science Association conference in Chicago, Illinois, April 2-6, 2014.

Brenda O'Neill, Elisabeth Gidengil, Catharine Côté and Lisa Young, "Freedom of religion, women's agency and banning the face veil: the role of feminist beliefs in shaping women's opinion" in Ethnic and Racial Studies, published online March 6, 2014,  DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2014.887744, available at

Sarah Jordaan has had a multi-author (lead author Adam Brandt) policy forum published in the journal Science

"Methane Leaks from North American Natural Gas Systems", Policy Forum Energy and Environment, Science 14 February 2014: Vol. 343 no. 6172 pp. 733-735, DOI:10.1126/science.1247045. The paper argues that natural gas (NG) is a potential "bridge fuel" during the transition to a decarbonized energy system: It emits less carbon dioxide during combustion than other fossil fuels and can be used in many industries. However, because of the high global warming potential of methane (CH4, the major component of NG), climate benefits from NG use depend on system leakage rates. Some recent estimates of leakage have challenged the benefits of switching from coal to NG, a large near-term green house gas (GHG) reduction opportunity. Also, global atmospheric CH4 concentrations are on the rise, with the causes still poorly understood.

Donald Barry, "Canada's Approach to Climate Change is Key to US Approval of Keystone," Inside Policy, (February 2014), 24-27.

Chance Minnett Watchel and Matthew Hennigar, "Righteous Litigation: An Examination of Christian Conservative Interest Group Litigation Before the Appellate Courts of Canada, 1982-2009." In: Modern Canada: 1945 to Present, edited by Catharine Briggs. Toronto, Ontario: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Susan Franceschet is a member of a recently launched international research network: Political Women and Executive Representation (PoWER), dedicated to learning when, why, and how women are recruited to the executive branch in parliamentary and presidential democracies. Other members of the group include Claire Annesley (University of Manchester), Karen Beckwith (Case Western Reserve University), and Isabelle Engeli (University of Ottawa). Follow the research group on twitter @execgenderpower or find more information on their website:

Tom Flanagan, Winning Power: Canadian Campaigning in the Twenty-First Century, McGill-Queen's University Press, January 20, 2014, 252 pgs.

Susan Franceschet and Gwynn Thomas, "The 2013 Chilean Elections: Making History Again?" blog post for Political Insight, Political Studies Association, January 17, 2014.

Susan Franceschet and Jennifer M. Piscopo, Sustaining Gendered Practices? Power, Parties, and Elite Political Networks in ArgentinaComparative Political Studies,  47(1): 85-110, 2014.