Former Ambassador to the European Union and High Commissioner to Britain
Distinguished Visiting Diplomat at Ryerson since 2010, Jeremy Kinsman left the Canadian Foreign Service in 2006, after 40 years. He had served as a Canadian Ambassador for 15 years, in Moscow (1992-96), in Rome (1996-2000) as High Commissioner in London (2000-2002), and as Ambassador to the EU in Brussels (2002-2006). Earlier postings were in Brussels and in Algeria before going to New York in 1975 where he became Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN. He was then Chairman of Policy Planning in Ottawa before becoming Minister for Political Affairs in Washington (1981-85). From 1985-99, he was on loan as Assistant Deputy Minister of Communications responsible for the cultural affairs portfolio of the federal government and for broadcasting. Recalled to Foreign Affairs in 1989 as the Assistant Deputy Minister for International Security Affairs and Political Director, he notably served as chair and interdepartmental coordinator for Canada’s political engagement in the Gulf War 1990-91. After leaving government service, Jeremy Kinsman transferred his energies to civil society, heading from 2007 an international project for the Community of Democracies which has recently produced the Third Edition of A Diplomat’s Handbook on Democracy Development Support (www.diplomatshandbook.org). He leads the project’s workshops which train professional personnel from participating countries and civil society representatives in democracy and human rights support. A frequent speaker and lecturer in Europe and North America, in 2007-2008 he was Diplomat in Residence at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University, Princeton, N.J. Kinsman was then appointed 2009-10 Regents’ Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley and joined Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies as Resident International Scholar.
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Former Canadian ambassador to Russia Jeremy Kinsman calls for a new, robust roadmap for dealing with Putin and asks: which global leader is prepared to stick to it?
The expectation that Justin Trudeau would re-establish a positive relationship with the White House officially fizzled this week. Jeremy Kinsman asks if Canada has been playing its cards right and how it might proceed.
As a Canadian ambassador once said, negotiating with the US means coping with ‘a country of a thousand players who can deliver a thousand wounds.’ As NAFTA talks continue, veteran diplomat Jeremy Kinsman reflects on his own experience and cautions against appearing too eager for an accord.
Canada's former High Commissioner to the UK, Jeremy Kinsman, on the many lessons that should be taken from Thursday’s results: ‘Division of societies won't work any more.’
With a general election called for June 8, is May a shoo-in? Jeremy Kinsman, former Canadian high commissioner to the UK, on why now and what could throw the narrative.
Navalny may not be able to beat Putin in next year's presidential election, but he is inspiring a new kind of thinking in Russia.
With Donald Trump’s inauguration around the corner, let’s take stock of his election — remembering not to normalize his behaviour — and then get on with it, writes Jeremy Kinsman.
Trudeau’s unabashed praise of the late Cuban leader reflects a special relationship between the two countries — one that needs reinforcing as Cuba faces a period of great change.
With the election of Donald Trump for U.S. president, we asked Canadian diplomats to name their one hope for his approach to foreign policy.
Aspects of Canada’s pluralism model may serve Europe well, but is it a fair comparison? In advance of 6 Degrees, the upcoming three-day event on inclusion, diplomat Jeremy Kinsman looks at the challenge of identity and integration in both regions.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has asserted that "there will be no second referendum” following Britain’s vote to leave the EU on June 23. But what if the European model changes in the meantime? As veteran diplomat Jeremy Kinsman writes, in a follow up to his open letter to David Cameron, when nothing is clear, anything may be possible.
The European Project was meant to ward against the 20th century nationalistic passions that led to two world wars. But a financial meltdown, refugee crisis and now unnecessary referendum have blown a perfect storm into a hurricane. Is the EU just too big to fail?
Why have Arab states failed? Within borders drawn by outsiders, most are institutionally weak, archaic, corrupt and inert, riven by sectarian hostilities. The epicentre of failure is Syria. Jeremy Kinsman on how the region fell into chaos, and how it will get itself out.
With more than 30 killed on Tuesday, former EU-based diplomat Jeremy Kinsman reflects on the complex make-up of communities now in the spotlight and the difficult task of preventing this kind of violence.
World media attempted to put a human face on refugees, but now, with recent terror attacks, ISIL is pitting ‘foreigners’ against Europeans. Can the EU emerge from this united?
We asked Canadian diplomats to name the most important changes or elements for Canada’s foreign policy going forward. With Liberal Justin Trudeau elected as Prime Minister on Oct. 19, this wish list is now in his hands.
When it comes to Greece and Europe, EU leadership must think in terms of decades & centuries, not weeks & months.