On Thursday, June, 25, the Consul General of France in Toronto, Monsieur Jean-François Casabonne Masonnave, promoted Glendon Professor Stanislav Kirschbaum, chair of the Department of International Studies at Glendon College, to the rank of Officer in the Order of Academic Palms of the French Republic. This follows on the decoration that promoted Kirschbaum on Jan. 1.
Kirschbaum was originally inducted into the Order of Academic Palms of the French Republic (one of France’s most prestigious forms of recognition bestowed on members of the academy) with the rank of Knight in recognition of his efforts to enhance academic relations between France and Canada. He is one of the founders of the Association France-Canada d’études stratégiques. Since founding the association, Kirschbaum has been active in the association’s annual meetings, two of which he organized at Glendon, and its publications, which now constitute a collection published by Editions Bruylant titled Collection études stratégiques internationales of which he is one of the editors.
In a letter to Kirschbaum the ambassador of France Nicolas Chapuis indicated that “in granting this distinction, the French Government sought to acknowledge your remarkable work and more particularly your contribution to the strengthening of exchanges and academic cooperation between France and Canada.”
Kirschbaum is a graduate of the National Defense College of Canada; Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada; secretary of the International Council of Central and East European Studies from 1980 to 2010; co-president of the Association France Canada d’études stratégiques; and member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He is a long-serving member of the academy at Glendon College at York University.