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Talk to a Diplomat: Interview with Ian Goertz

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Today I will be interviewing Ian Goertz. He is the program editor for Canada’s NATO at the NATO Association of Canada. Ian recently completed his M.A. in Intelligence and Strategic Studies at Aberystwyth University in Wales. Prior to this, he completed his B.A. in Political Science at McMaster University. Ian wrote his dissertation on the role of technological innovation and the intelligence community. His research interests are intelligence and strategic studies, emerging security, international relations of technology and the Internet.

Listen as Ian discusses his dissertation, “Technological Innovation and Intelligence: A Past, Present and Future Examination of the Intelligence Community and its Adaptation to Rapid Technological Change Throughout the 20th and 21st Centuries.”

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Interview with Ian Goertz
Talk to a Diplomat


Some of the significant challenges associated with the modern understanding of intelligence consists of the fact that there is a lack of balance between the human side of intelligence and the technological side of intelligence. Therefore, human analysis has been replaced by algorithmic mechanisms.

Next, Ian examines some of the concerns pertaining to replacing human analysis with algorithmic mechanisms.

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Interview with Ian Goertz
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.