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Talk to a Diplomat: Episode with Ms. Clare Lopez

We’re back!

Watch as I interview Ms. Clare Lopez. She is a strategic policy and intelligence expert with a focus on the Middle East, national defence, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and counter-terrorism issues. Her expertise includes Islam and Iran. Ms. Lopez worked as an operations officer with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). She served domestically and abroad for 20 years, completing a variety of assignments. Counter-intelligence, counter-narcotics, and counter-proliferation issues are some of her areas of expertise along with the Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans.

Ms. Lopez speaks Spanish, Bulgarian, French, German, and Russian. She is also studying Farsi. Ms. Lopez is currently the Vice President of, “The Intelligence Summit” and she was a Professor at the, “Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies.”


Next, Ms. Lopez provides advice to the students interested in pursuing a career with the Central Intelligence Agency.

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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.