Take Venezuela: Countries on the Verge of Collapse

Friday, February 15, 2019 3:10 PM

USFSP Student Center
USFSP University Student Center
200 6th Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Topic Panelists

Bruce Mabley
Bruce Mabley is a retired Canadian diplomat having served abroad in Paris, Islamabad, Cairo, Amman and Ankara. Dr. Mabley has also taught Philosophy and Political Science at Laval, McGill, Carleton and Concordia universities. He holds a Doctorat in Philosophy (thesis: La pensée politique d'Albert Camus) from Université Laval in Québec City. In 2003, he was accepted in the Faculty of Law to perform post-doctoral work in Islamic Law and Politics until 2006. During a hiatus in his diplomatic career from 1991-2006, Dr. Mabley was first appointed as Director of International Affairs at Concordia University. He then launched a private sector educational consulting and services company called EDUC-INTER and secured World Bank funding for offices in Mexico City and Panama. His company organized internships abroad for Canadian students under the auspices of Foreign Affairs Canada. EDUC-INTER was also responsible for implementing the National Graduate Registry in Central American universities. This project was designed to streamline human resources practices, stimulate youth employment and increase competitiveness. In early 2000, Dr. Mabley was decorated by the French government with the Chevalier des Palmes académiques for his academic cooperation work in bringing together French, Quebec and Canadian universities. Since his retirement from the Foreign Service in October 2015, Dr. Mabley has written extensively for newspapers, web sites, think tanks and magazines on international affairs topics such as the Syrian conflict, Turkish politics and foreign policy, Canadian foreign service reform, NAFTA Renegotiation, Canadian foreign policy and a variety of other international issues.
John Maguire
John Maguire was named Director of International Relations and Cooperation of France Medias Monde in September 2013. Prior to that, from March 2012 to September 2013, he was Director of International Development, Audiovisuel Exterieur de la France; from May 2010 to March 2012 he served as Director of International Affairs, Radio France Internationale and from 2004 to 2010 he was head of RFI's International Training Department. Before that he spent six years as Managing Editor of RFI's English service.