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Bachelor (B.A.; ULaval), Master (M.Sc.; UdeM) and now Ph.D student in Political Science at University of Montréal. Research interests: Nation-building; post-Soviet area (Moldova; Ukraine; Belarus); de facto states (Transnistria); tourism; and legitimization strategies. Currently working on a project on tourism in de facto states as an internal and external legitimization strategy.
June 2019 - August 2019
Secrétariat du Québec aux relations canadiennes
- Research Assistant
In recent years, there have been significant investments in tourism projects and the establishment of a comprehensive tourism plan by the Transnistrian de facto government but also in Nagorno-Karabakh, for example. Based on the official data and policies in the Eurasian de facto states, as well as on fieldwork observations mainly in Transnistria, t...
To enact its de facto separation from Moldova, Transnistria has been developing different strategies for more than 30 years to legitimize its existence among the region’s population and the international community. Since 2006, the de facto state develops strategies that could be described as nation branding tactics. Tourism, officially a government...
Français: Ce mémoire étudie l’industrie touristique comme stratégie de légitimation interne et externe dans les États de facto. En nous basant plus particulièrement sur le cas de la Transnistrie, nous avons employé une analyse mixte se basant sur des données et politiques officielles ainsi que sur des observations photographiques obtenues directeme...
La recherche décrit l’évaluation d’un nouveau dispositif d’alternance travail-études à l’attention de travailleurs de l’industrie manufacturière québécoise. La formation professionnelle avait pour but de les aider à progresser au sein de leur entreprise et à occuper un nouveau poste requérant davantage de qualifications. Au moyen de 63 entrevues té...
Book Review - The Dynamics of Emerging De-Facto States. Eastern Ukraine in the Post-Soviet Space Tetyana Malyarenko et Stefan Wolff, New York : Routledge, 2019, pp.104 - Félix-Antoine Cloutier
To enact its de facto separation from the Republic of Moldova, Transnistria has been developing several nation-building policies for more than 30 years now to legitimize its existence among the region’s population and the international community. Since 2018-2019, a new policy has officially come to life: tourism. The aims of this policy are the creation of a new logo, translation of street names, the conception of a travel guide, diversification of the touristic offer, and the restoration of the urban environment. The recent development of an autonomous Transnistrian tourism industry is indicative of the different options employed by this de facto state to build its identity and reach a local and international public. Additionally, tourism is not only a government affair and many private companies are invested in this process since they are offering products that reproduce these nation-building strategies. Therefore, how does tourism contribute to the identity construction of the Transnistrian de facto state? The present research is based on official data and field observations collected in Transnistria during the summer and autumn of 2019 in the cities of Tiraspol, Bendery/Tighina and Kistkany. With these empirical pieces of evidence, we will demonstrate how the public and private sectors of the tourism industry not only generates incomes but also allows the Transnistrian state to distinguish itself from its parent state, Moldova, and legitimize and normalize its de facto independence to an internal and external audience.