Episode 3: Warming Diplomatic Relations and Modern Day Detente

Guest: Jeffrey Smith, Instructor, International Security LawNorman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University

About: In this episode we explore the policy of detente and review the international diplomatic landscape following warming relations between the U.S. and Cuba, and U.S. and Iran. Why is this important to understand and what impact do these relationships have on Canadian foreign policy? Our guest, Jeffrey Smith, unpacks lifting the embargo on Cuba and the Iran Nuclear Deal from a legal and national security perspective.

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From Left to Right: Jyotsna Venkatesh, Jeffrey Smith, Mel Camaganacan, Mitch Robitaille and Shetha Ali

Jeffrey Smith is a visiting professor at Carleton, returning NPSIA for the summer semester from McGill.  A former Canadian navy officer and federal Crown prosecutor, he was international law counsel to the United Nations in East Timor during that country’s transition to independence in 2002. For the past several years, he’s served as counsel – the jurisconsult – to the government-in-exile of the Saharawi people of Western Sahara, traveling routinely (and writing about) the Saharawi refugee camps at Tindouf.  He’s at NPSIA this summer to teach his National Security Policy & Law course which, among other things, deals with nuclear security.

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“Quasi Motion” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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