Talk to a Diplomat: Episode XXXIII

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Watch as I interview Mr. Octavius Pinkard. He is a PhD Researcher at the University of Kent. His work focuses on the development and projection of identities and interests among Lebanese diaspora communities in Senegal, the United States, and the European Union. Mr. Pinkard has served as an editor of a Working Paper series on diasporas and security. In addition, he has extensive experience that includes NATO headquarters in Brussels, the National Security Education Program in Washington, and teaching Comparative Politics and International Relations at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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Episode XXXIII Part I: NATO ASSOCIATION OF CANADA

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Next, Mr. Pinkard discusses some of the issues pertaining to regional power and security in the Eastern Mediterranean. In addition, Mr. Pinkard also examines some of the major issues of concern associated with Lebanon and Hezbollah.

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Episode XXXIII Part II: NATO ASSOCIATION OF CANADA

Lastly, Mr. Octavius Pinkard examines how securitization processes impact diaspora relations with the state, notions of belonging, and trajectories of state policy.

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Episode XXXIII Part III: NATO ASSOCIATION OF CANADA

Magdalena Surma

About Magdalena Surma

Magdalena Surma is currently Canada's NATO Program Contributor and Outreach Coordinator. Former Program Editor of Global Horizons, Magdalena completed a BA in Legal Studies (Honours) and a Masters in Public Service at the University of Waterloo. She also attended Harvard during two summers, where she completed courses in psychology, government, and law. In addition, she successfully completed Harvard Law School’s Executive Education Program in Negotiation and Leadership. Magdalena is currently completing an LLB through University of London’s International Program. She is passionate about law, government, and charitable non-profit organizations. As an avid researcher, she hopes to extend her research to investigate women in security while examining society, culture, and international relations. In addition, Magdalena is also passionate about international business and economy. She is very excited about being involved with various projects at NATO, specifically engaging youth and society about international affairs. Apart from a love of politics, Magdalena enjoys fine art, ballet, and classical music.