Meeting the Challenge of Populism at Home and Abroad

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm EDT
Event Location: 
Lakehead University, ATAC 1010 Thunder Bay Campus; OA 2006 Orillia Campus
Event Fee: 
Free. Everyone is welcome.
Event Contact Name: 
Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu
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Join us on 4 April at 7:30 pm in ATAC 1010 and OA2006, to hear Ben Rowswell speak on "Meeting the Challenge of Populism  at Home and Abroad." Orillia will have videoconferencing for the talk in OA 2006.

Ben 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.

Other positions over his career include 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.

Ben 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 event is made possible by The Thunder Bay Branch of the Canadian International Council, Lakehead University’s Department of History, and Lakehead International.

It is free and open to the public! Everyone is welcome!