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Talk to a Diplomat: Interview with Erick McKinlay Part I

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Listen as I interview Erick McKinlay. He successfully completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Toronto, majoring in History and minoring in Political Science and Italian Studies. Erick McKinlay also completed a Master of Arts degree with a specialization in Culture and Communication along with a law degree (J.D.) at the University of Ottawa. Previously, Erick worked at the Public Service Relations Board, where he provided feedback to Senior Counsel regarding the editing of board decisions. Erick drafted a report on the different types of advocacy carried out by lawyers who appear before adjudicators at the board. He also researched particulars of how technology is used by public agencies in North America.

Listen as Erick discusses the conference that he attended about the Syrian Crisis and Turkey: Security and Humanitarian Challenges. In addition, Erick examines some of the main arguments made by the Director General of the Turkish Red Crescent, Dr. Mehmet Gulluoglu.

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Interview with Erick McKinlay
Talk to a Diplomat


Next, Erick discusses the success of the conference.

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Interview with Erick McKinlay
Talk to a Diplomat



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.