Supporting Democratic Communities – In Memory of James R. Huntley
November 21st, 2019 5:30PM
In memory of longtime democracy advocate and Council board member James Robert Huntley, join the World Affairs Council for a discussion on supporting developing democracies, and the democratic community as a whole, with Ambassador Jeremy Kinsman, author of A Diplomat’s Handbook for Democracy Development Support and whose decades-long diplomatic career included appointments as Canadian Ambassador to Russia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Italy, and the European Union.
Doors – 5:30 PM
Program – 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Reception – 7:00 PM until end
A networking reception will follow the moderated conversation. Learned friends of Jim's as well as others with an interest in promoting peace and democracy are encouraged to attend and share their perspective on his important legacy.
About James Robert Huntley (1923-2019)
James Robert Huntley was a pioneer, builder and visionary who was a passionate believer in a world without war through the linkage of free democratic nations.
One of only three recipients of the prestigious ''E Pluribus Unum'' award of Seattle's Rainier Club, Huntley conceived of a strategy for global peace in the 21st century through an Intercontinental Community of Democracies.
A dedicated worker in bringing democracy and rebirth to the shattered nations of Europe after World War II, he was a major player in bridging the Atlantic through linking the old and newly emerging democracies. He worked throughout the post-war years to consolidate and build the Atlantic alliance and later the larger Atlantic-Pacific community of democracies.
He encouraged us to move beyond the study of what worked well in the post-war years to become leaders, thinkers and doers of a new global framework for the 21st century. By uniting the democracies of the world, Huntley called us to build a framework for lasting peace, global prosperity and the universal protection of civil and political rights.
About the Speaker
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Jeremy Kinsman graduated from Princeton University in 1963 and the Institut d'études politiques de Paris in 1965. He joined the Department of External Affairs in 1966. During his career, he was the Canadian ambassador to the Russian Federation, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Armenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Italy, Albania, and the European Union. He was also the Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Malta. He resigned in 2006.
In 2007, he was named Diplomat-in-Residence at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University. The School partnered in the democracy support project Kinsman headed under the Community of Democracies that researched, and produced a field guide for democracy support, "A Diplomat's Handbook for Democracy Development Support", now in a Third Edition, published by CIGI (Centre for International Governance Innovation) in 2013. In 2009–2010 Kinsman was appointed Regents' Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley and joined Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies as Resident International Scholar. From 2011-2017, he was concurrently Distinguished Diplomatic Visitor at Ryerson University, Toronto. He has been a member of the Foreign Affairs Council of Justin Trudeau.