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Democracy in Decline?

June 4, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The world is in a “prolonged democracy recession” according to Freedom House, the non-governmental organization co-founded by Eleanor Roosevelt.   With four decades of a distinguished career in the Canadian Foreign Service, including as Ambassador in Moscow, Rome, London and Brussels (EU), Jeremy Kinsman will share his views on democracy’s current direction.  

A few years ago, discussion began between Canadian and German Foreign Ministers, concerned by the evacuation of positive leadership from Washington, on how our increasingly like-minded countries could work together with others to sustain international commitment to protect democracy and human rights and essential multilateral cooperation.

This discussion led to a partnership program between the Canadian International Council and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung to strengthen civil society cooperation among scholars, experts, and practitioners on key issues, that could also provide a research and advisory resource for our two governments. The election of President Biden that heralds the return of the U.S. as a cooperative international partner and favours an ambitious effort to spur international and bilateral progress makes this an opportune time for the panels’ discussion of these issues.  

Our speaker, Jeremy Kinsman will discuss this partnership program, including the outcomes of the second conference in the Canada-Germany series which is a panel discussion on the pandemic.  Jeremy will also touch on the places where he served Canadian interests abroad: at the United Nations in New York, and in Washington, and as Canadian Ambassador to Moscow, Rome, London and the European Union in Brussels.

Jeremy Kinsman, born in Montreal, was in the Canadian Foreign Service for 40 years, the last 15 as our Ambassador in Moscow, Rome, London, and Brussels (EU).  Before his appointment as Ambassador, he had been Minister at the Canadian Embassy in Washington and at the UN in New York. Since his retirement from the Foreign Service, Jeremy has concurrently been Diplomat in Residence at Princeton University, his alma mater, Regent’s Lecturer and Resident International Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and Distinguished Visitor at Ryerson University in Toronto.  He was also a member of Prime Minister Trudeau’s Foreign Affairs Council. Since 2007 he has been an independent Director on the Board of Dundee Precious Metals Corporation.  Jeremy is a frequent media contributor and appears regularly on CTV.  He and his wife Hana have lived in Victoria since their return to Canada in 2006.

Note that this Zoom meeting is at 12 noon on June 4


June 4, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm