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“There are more conflicts in the last four years than we’ve seen in the last quarter century; that’s not a good trend. We’re at a tricky point in international relations… and we need a new way to think about diplomacy.”
AMBASSADOR KERRY BUCK is Canada’s first female Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council (NATO).
Themes: gender parity, human rights, Canada
Takeaways: work life balance is key to being able to be effective at the work that you do — “The things I remember most about my work aren’t always the work accomplishments.”
Ambassador Buck most recently served as Political Director and Assistant Deputy Minister for International Security and Political Affairs from 2011 to 2015. Prior to that, she held Assistant Deputy Minister portfolios for Africa and for Latin America and the Caribbean, and was the head of the Afghanistan Task Force. She has also served in a number of other senior positions at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, including Director General for the Middle East and Maghreb (2008-2009), for Afghanistan (2006-2008), and for Public Diplomacy and Federal-Provincial Affairs (2006-2007), and Director for Human Rights (2000-2001). She was posted to the Canadian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York (1994-1996).
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