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The Israel Dialogues

March 11, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Israel & The United Nations: A Troubled Partnership with John McNee and Masud Husain

March 11 @ 12:00 pm

With gratitude to Helena and David Fine for their generous gift of sponsorship

The Israel Dialogues provides an opportunity to engage fundamental issues facing the country, its people, and the Jewish diaspora. Join experts from various backgrounds from around the world to discuss a range of topics focusing on the regional and international contexts and principal factors which affect Israel’s place in global affairs.

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John McNee, a career Foreign Service Officer, served in Tel Aviv (1986-89) as First Secretary of the Embassy and previously in Madrid. He was Ambassador to Syria with concurrent accreditation as ambassador to Lebanon 1993-97,  subsequently Ambassador to Belgium and Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe and, from 2006-2011, Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. In Ottawa, he served in various capacities including as Director-General for the Middle East and North Africa and Assistant Deputy Minister for Africa/Middle East. In his second career, he was from 2011-2019 the first Secretary-General of the Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa. Currently, he is a Senior Fellow at Ottawa University’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and serves on philanthropic boards.


Masud Husain retired from Canada’s foreign service in the summer of 2021. Upon his retirement, he was Director-General and Deputy Legal Adviser at Global Affairs Canada. Prior to this appointment, he was Canada’s ambassador to the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi and Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. His other foreign postings include Canada’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York and embassies in the Netherlands, Jordan and Syria. At Global Affairs Canada’s headquarters in Ottawa, his other notable appointments include Director-General for the Middle East and the Executive Director of the Criminal and Diplomatic Law Division.

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March 11, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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