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Talk to a Diplomat: Interview with Michael Oshell

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Listen as I interview Michael Oshell. He is currently our Research Analyst. Previously, Michael worked as a Program Editor for the International Business and Economy program at the NATO Association of Canada. He is a graduate of Queen’s University with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Studies where he developed a passion for international political economy. Prior to his time at the NAOC, Michael was the Co-Managing Editor of Politicus Journal, an undergraduate academic research journal located at Queen’s University. He has also volunteered on conferences with the Centre for International and Defence Policy.

Michael is a co-author of “Matching Reality with Necessity: A Defence Policy to 2025,” a white paper examining Canadian Defence and Security policy. This white paper was recently presented to the government.

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Listen as Michael discusses the upcoming NATO Economy Forum on Mining and Infrastructure. The Economy Forum came to life as a response to NATO’s interest in economic development and security. The NATO Council strives to help realize this goal by increasing economic trade among NATO Allies and partner countries. This conference will offer ample opportunity for Canadian businesses to participate in some very valuable B2B and G2G meetings with foreign business and government representatives. The point of the Forum is to increase Canadian trade and investment with the participating countries.

The Economy Forum is scheduled to take place on March 9th, 2016. For further information, please contact the NATO Association of Canada at 416-979-1875 or

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Interview with Michael Oshell
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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.