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CIC Vancouver Island: North Korea’s Military Buildup: Implications for Canada and The World

May 15 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT


A presentation by James Trottier, former Canadian career diplomat.

In 2024 North Korea continues an ambitious missile program, financed in part by extensive cyber activities that purloin billions of dollars from institutions and individuals around the world. Meanwhile, North Korea supplies Russia with missiles and artillery shells which threaten to change the tactical and strategic equation in the Ukraine/Russia war. All the while, North Korea threatens South Korea under the shadow of an anticipated 7th North Korean nuclear test.

In his presentation, former Canadian career diplomat James Trottier will examine these developments, and explore what it all may mean for regional and global security. He will challenge us to consider how the international community should respond. Is North Korea a clear and present danger to South Korea and countries beyond?

James Trottier’s global affairs positions included Senior Political Adviser for relations with the EU and Senior Coordinator for annual Canada-EU Summits. James’ additional assignments dealt with human rights, the environment, refugees, and international Indigenous issues.

Since leaving the Foreign Service in 2016, James has been sought after as a keynote speaker at official conferences on North Korea. He is acclaimed for his expertise in North Korea’s nuclear, missile and cyber programs; and his knowledge of N. Korea’s domestic situation, foreign policy, and regional security. He is well versed in the response of the international community to N. Korean threats.

James graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He has a “Master of Laws” in International Law from the University of Ottawa, a Masters in Modern History from the University of Toronto, and a B.A. from the University of Manitoba.

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May 15
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
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