Lakehead University hosting talk on populism at home and abroad

April 2, 2019 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

You are invited to Meeting the Challenge of Populism at Home and Abroad, a presentation by Ben Rowswell on Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 pm at Lakehead University in ATAC 1010.

Rowswell has 25 years of experience as a practitioner of international relations and is a pioneer in the practice of digital diplomacy. In his last position as Ambassador to Venezuela, he experienced the destructive power of modern populism.

He has held other positions including serving with the United Nations in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993, as Canada’s first diplomatic envoy to Baghdad, Iraq, after the fall of Saddam Hussein, and as the head of the NATO Provincial Reconstruction Team in Kandahar at the height of Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan.

Rowswell has also advised top levels of government on international strategy in the Privy Council Office during the tenures of Jean Chrétien and Stephen Harper, and at the Washington DC Center for Strategic and International Studies from 2003 to 2004.

This discussion is free and open to the public. Contact Dr. Michel Beaulieu at for more information.  




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