Conversations with History: Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley

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This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.

Conversations with History host Harry Kreisler welcomes former Canadian diplomat Jeremy Kinsman.  Drawing on his forty year career in the Canadian Foreign Service, including his service as Ambassador to the European Union, the United Kingdom and Russia, Kinsman traces changes in the diplomat's portfolio. He analyzes the implications of emerging centers of power in the global system and the failure of the West to discern Russia's interests and concerns. Kinsman looks at the relationship of Canada to the United States and the consequences of the last eight years of U.S. foreign policy including the challenges of democratization in the wake of the debacle in Iraq. Kinsman offers his impression of political leaders he has observed close-up including Yeltsin and Putin, Blair and Trudeau, and Clinton and Reagan. He also speculates on the implications of the election of Barack Obama.

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