Talk by Canadian Ambassador at MGIMO

Talk by Canadian Ambassador at MGIMO

21 May 2021

May 21st, in the framework of the "Ambassadorial Dialogue" course of lectures, Canadian Ambassador Alison LeClaire paid a visit to MGIMO.

The diplomat met with MGIMO Rector A.Torkunov and the Vice-Rector for Research, Dean of the School of International Relations A.Baykov. The Ambassador expressed gratitude to the leadership of the University for the invitation and expressed hope for further cooperation with the University.

Alison LeClaire’s lecture focused on the challenges and opportunities that exist in the Arctic region. According to the Ambassador, the Arctic is one of the zones uniting Russia and Canada, and for this reason it is of interest to diplomats.

The guest of honor described in detail the composition and structure of the population of the Arctic region, the main problems it faces, its development prospects and the general priorities of Russia and Canada in this area. Alison LeClair put a special emphasis on the issue of climate change, which she believes is the greatest threat to the Arctic. The Ambassador noted that the region is becoming increasingly important globally, particularly as regards the application of new technologies aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change, but that inclusive international cooperation is necessary to achieve optimal results.

The Ambassador also spoke of the consequences of the pandemic for the Arctic and described how COVID-19 influenced Canada's policy in the region. She also highlighted the activities of the Arctic Council and expressed hope that during the Russian presidency in the organization, Russia and Canada will be able to expand their cooperation in the spheres of science, education, economy and security.

The diplomat answered questions from students about the prospects for the development of the Northern Sea Route, the impact of sanctions on cooperation between countries in the Arctic region, the consequences of the pandemic for Canada and also shared some practical advice on being a career diplomat.