Jeremy Kinsman

Russia has been a focal point in the news for quite some time. We all wonder what the future holds for that part of the world, and what the implications might be for ours. On Wednesday, March 4th we will have an opportunity to hear from an experienced diplomat, Ambassador Jeremy Kinsman, who has worked extensively in that part of the world and who has personally interacted with President Putin through his role as a former ambassador to Russia.

Ambassador Kinsman is one of Canada’s most experienced diplomats, having spent more than 40 years with the Canadian Foreign Service. As a Canadian ambassador, Kinsman served in Moscow (1992-96), in Rome (1996-2000), as high commissioner in London (2000-02), and as ambassador to the European Union in Brussels (2002-06). During his career he also served as the Canadian Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Albania.

Today, Kinsman is a widely regarded international affairs contributor to Canadian and international news organizations. He also speaks and lectures throughout Europe and North America, and leads professional training workshops on democracy and human rights. Justin Trudeau, leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, recently named Kinsman to his inner circle of advisors on foreign affairs as a part of his candidacy for Prime Minister.

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Kinsman graduated from Princeton University and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. He served as the Diplomat-in-Residence at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University from 2007-2008 before being appointed as Regent’s Lecturer at the University of California, Berkley. He currently serves as Project Director at the Institute of Governmental Studies at Berkley while concurrently serving as Distinguished Visiting Diplomat at Ryerson University, Toronto.

During the early years of his career, Kinsman served as the Canadian Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York and as Minister for Political Affairs in Washington. He later served Canada as the Chairman of Policy Planning and as its Political Director. Kinsman is a co-author of the Diplomat's Handbook for Democracy Development, produced by the Council for a Community of Democracies in Washington, DC.

Ambassador Kinsman will be speaking in the Fellowship Center at the Village Church on Wednesday, March 4th. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served at 6:00, with the program beginning at 6:30. Tickets will be $30 until February 25th at 5:00pm. After that time tickets will be $35. Student tickets are available for $10. Advance ticket purchase is recommended, and may be purchased online or by calling (858) 381-8070.

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