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Public Lecture: “Central Asia in Transition: Regional Dynamics in 2019”

November 13, 2019 at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Location:433 (History Lounge) Paterson Hall

Central Asia in Transition: Regional Dynamics in 2019

Event Poster


Pierre-Olivier Bussières is a strategic intelligence with the Privy Council Office for a year and a half. He has experience in the field of political risk, energy security and media analysis. He has written extensively for online publications such as Global Risk Insights, the NATO Association of Canada and the Diplomat. Prior to joining PCO, he worked the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Natural Resources Canada. Pierre has also worked in the private sector as a junior intelligence analyst with SecDev and as Director of Media Analysis with Mirems. He holds a masters in Eastern European, Russian and Eurasian Studies.

Major (Retired) Michael J. Popovich, CD1, served mostly as an Artillery officer in the Canadian Armed Forces for 31 years. He held a number of regimental and headquarters appointments that included a three-year posting to the NATO Regional Command North HQ in the Netherlands. He has served as a peacekeeper in Cyprus in 1982, a peacemaker in Croatia and Bosnia in 1996 and a war fighter (civilian) for 10 months in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 2009-10. He has been a strategic analyst since 1988 and has had the opportunity to lead a number of analytical and planning groups throughout his career. He joined PCO in 2003 and is now covering the Central Asian Republics, South Caucasus, Belarus and Russian defence issues. He will be speaking about Central Asian dynamics following an area trip to Kazakhstan in September 2019.

This event is free and open to public.

Light refreshments will be served.