The Global Exchange

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"The Global Exchange is a weekly conversation, brought to you by CGAI, focusing on international affairs, defence, diplomacy, and development policy. Hosts David Perry and Colin Robertson guide listeners through the week that was in foreign policy from a uniquely Canadian perspective. The Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI) is a charitable, independent, non-partisan, research institute based in Ottawa and Calgary, Canada."


Cyber Threats and Vulnerabilities: A Conversation on the Future of Cyber Security (Part 2)

February 16, 2017

On today's special edition of the 'Global Exchange' Podcast, we bring you Part 2 of a series on Disaster Proofing Canada, presented by the Carleton Initiative for Parliamentary and Diplomatic Engagement and CGAI. The following Podcast is Part 2 of a conversation between Colin Robertson, Richard Fadden, and Michael Hayden on the current landscape of cyberthreats, and the solutions for the growing threat.

Bios:

  • Colin Robertson (host) - A former Canadian diplomat and Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • General (ret'd) Michael Hayden - former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency.
  • Richard Fadden - former National Security Advisor, Deputy Minister of Defence and Director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. Also a member of the CGAI Advisory Council.

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Inter-State Mediation: A Discussion with Peter Jones

January 26, 2017

On today's 'Global Exchange' Podcast, we look at the process of inter-state mediation with noted scholar and CGAI Fellow, Peter Jones. Join Colin and Peter as they examine the concept and implications of mediation, as well as the role Canada could play in both track-one and track-two diplomacy.

Bios:

  • Colin Robertson (host) - A former Canadian diplomat and Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • Peter Jones - an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa and a Fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

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Trump Inauguration Special: The Canada-US Relationship - Part Two

January 20, 2017

On today's 'Global Exchange' Podcast, we talk trade with four Washington insiders on the day of President-Elect Donald Trump's inauguration. Join Colin in a discussion with Eric Miller, Rob Wright, Sarah Goldfeder and John M. Weekes on the future of Canada-US energy and security relations.

Bios:

  • Colin Robertson (host) - A former Canadian diplomat and Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • Eric Miller - A Fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and President of Rideau Potomac Strategy Group.
  • Rob Wright - An Advisory Council Member of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, former DM for International trade and former Ambassador.
  • Sarah Goldfeder - A Fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Principal with the Earnscliffe Strategy Group. 
  • John M. Weekes- A Fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Business Advisor at Bennett Jones Ottawa. 

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Trump Inauguration Special: The Canada-US Relationship - Part One

January 19, 2017

On today's 'Global Exchange' Podcast, we talk trade with four Washington insiders on the eve of President-Elect Donald Trump's inauguration. Join Colin in a discussion with Eric Miller, Rob Wright, Sarah Goldfeder and John M. Weekes on the future of Canada-US trade, specifically in terms of NAFTA and the broader TPP.

Bios:

  • Colin Robertson (host) - A former Canadian diplomat and Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • Eric Miller - A Fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and President of Rideau Potomac Strategy Group.
  • Rob Wright - An Advisory Council Member of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, former DM for International trade and former Ambassador.
  • Sarah Goldfeder - A Fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Principal with the Earnscliffe Strategy Group. 
  • John M. Weekes- A Fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Business Advisor at Bennett Jones Ottawa. 

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A Conversation with Israeli Ambassador Rafael Barak

December 1, 2016 

On today's 'Global Exchange' Podcast, we have outgoing Israeli Ambassador to Canada, Rafael Barak, in conversation with Colin Robertson. Join Colin and Ambassador Barak for a discussion on the state of diplomacy, the importance of Canada-Israel relations, and the Ambassador’s impressions of Canada throughout his time in Ottawa.

Bios:

  • Colin Robertson (host) - A former Canadian diplomat, Colin Robertson is Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • Rafael Barak - Israeli Ambassador to Canada.

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Replacing Canada's CF-18s with Al Stephenson

November 22, 2016

On today's 'Global Exchange' Podcast, join host Dave Perry as he explores the future of Canadian air power with retired RCAF pilot, and CGAI Fellow, Al Stephenson. The Podcast explores Canada’s needs in the air, the capabilities of Canada’s replacement options, and the role of air power in Canada’s defence strategy.

Bios:

  • Dave Perry (host): Senior Analyst and Fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. He is the author of multiple publications related to defence budgeting, transformation and procurement.
  • Al Stephenson: a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, holds a PhD from Carleton University, and is a veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces with 3600 fighter hours flying third generation CF-104 Starfighters and fourth generation CF-18 Hornets. He has held senior appointments in National Defence Headquarters, NATO and NORAD.

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The State of Canadian Procurement with David Perry

November 7, 2016

On today's 'Global Exchange' Podcast, join host Colin Robertson as he explores the Canadian defence procurement process with our Senior Defence Analyst, David Perry. On the Podcast, Colin and Dave talk about the future of Canada's military, whether it be replacing our CF-18's, or deciding on a way forward for the Navy. 

Bios:

  • Colin Robertson (host): A former Canadian diplomat, Colin Robertson is Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • David Perry: The Senior Analyst and a Fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. He is the author of multiple publications related to defence budgeting, transformation and procurement.

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Canada's Foreign Policy - A Review: Episode Seven - Human Security and the Arctic

October 31, 2016

On today's 'Global Exchange' Podcast, we have two foreign policy experts in conversation with Colin Robertson to discuss their contribution to our new 'Foreign Policy Review' series. On the Podcast, Colin speaks to Joël Plouffe and Michael Small about Canada’s role in the Arctic, as well as the future of a human security doctrine in the 21st century.

Bios:

  • Colin Robertson (host): - A former Canadian diplomat, Colin Robertson is Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • Joël Plouffe: a Fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and Managing Editor of the Arctic Yearbook.
  • Michael Small: a Fellow at the Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University and a former member of the Canadian foreign service. From 1996-2000 he was Director of the Peacebuilding and Human Security Division in DFAIT.

Papers:
Both papers mentioned in the Podcast are available at cgai.ca:

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Canada's Foreign Policy - A Review: Episode Six - Press Freedom and Public Diplomacy

October 17, 2016

On today's 'Global Exchange' Podcast, we have two foreign policy experts in conversation with Colin Robertson to discuss their contribution to our new 'Foreign Policy Review' series. On the Podcast, Colin speaks to Kevin D. O’Shea and Ian Brodie about revitalizing Canadian diplomacy, and the role of press freedom in international affairs.

Paper:
Both papers mentioned in the Podcast are available at cgai.ca:

Bios:

  • Colin Robertson (host): A former Canadian diplomat, Colin Robertson is Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • Kevin D. O’Shea: retired from the Canadian public service September 2015 after nearly thirty-five years at the then Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and at the Privy Council Office.
  • Ian Brodie: Former Chief of Staff to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Ian Brodie is now Research Director at the School of Public Policy.

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Peace and Referendum: Colombia's Failure

October 6, 2016

On today's 'Global Exchange' Podcast, join host Colin Robertson as he explores the recent Colombian peace deal, and the failed referendum which followed. Colin speaks with two experts on Columbia -- Stephen Randall and Paul Durand -- to gain insight on what this series of events means for Columbia, and the world at large.

What does a failed peace deal mean for the future of Columbia? Will FARC continue to play a key role in the Colombian civil war moving forward? What's Canada's role in the conflict? All this and more are discussed on this week's episode of 'The Global Exchange'.

Bios:

  • Colin Robertson (host):- A former Canadian diplomat, Colin Robertson is Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • Stephen Randall: Emeritus Professor of History and former director of the Latin American Research Centre. His most recent book on Colombia-United States relations will be published next month by Random House Colombia.
  • Paul Durand: served as ambassador to Costa Rica, with concurrent accreditation to Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama, and subsequently as ambassador to Chile, then to the Organization of America States (OAS) in Washington.

Related Links:

  • Stephen Randall - "Relaciones Entre Colombia y Estados Unidos Desde 1974 [Spanish]" (COMING SOON)
    • This study traces the history of Colombian-American relations from the administration of Alfonso Lopez Michelsen through that of Juan Manuel Santos. Although a bilateral study the volume concentrates on Colombian foreign policies and domestic politics, examining those factors which shaped the Colombian approach to relations with the United States. The study places the bilateral relationship in the context of the late stages of the Cold War, the emergence of Colombia as the major country in international narcotics trafficking, the rise of paramilitarism and its demobilization, efforts to deal with guerrilla insurgencies, the impact of 9/11 on the bilateral relationship and the impact of Plan Colombia.
  • Paul Durand - "Who Lost the Caribbean?" (COMING SOON on cgai.ca)
    • There was a time, in the not too distant past, when relations between Canada and the countries then known as the Commonwealth Caribbean (now the Caribbean Community or CARICOM), were close and mutually beneficial. Canadian capabilities complemented Caribbean economic development requirements, and their support as a group in international institutions was highly valued. Meetings at the level of prime minister were organized on a regular basis; personal relations among them were informal and friendly. However, since the late nineties to the present day, those positive relations have drifted to the margins of Canadian foreign policy. Why did this happen?

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The Possibility of Peace in Syria

October 3, 2016

On today's 'Global Exchange' Podcast, join host Colin Robertson as he explores the ongoing Syrian conflict with two distinguished guests -- former Ambassadors Michael Bell and Rolf Holmboe.

What does instability in Syria mean for the Middle East at large? Who wants what out of the conflict? Does the West have a role to play in Syria's reconstruction? All this and more are discussed on this week's episode of 'The Global Exchange'.

Bios:

  • Colin Robertson (host): A former Canadian diplomat, Colin Robertson is Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • Michael Bell: a former Canadian Foreign Service Officer with 36 years experience in the Department of Foreign Affairs, mostly focused on the Middle East. He was Canada's Ambassador to Jordan (1987-90), Egypt (1994-98), and Israel (1990-92 and 1999- 2003).
  • Rolf Holmboe: a Research Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a former Danish Ambassador to Syria, Lebanon and Jordan (2012-2015).


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Canada's Foreign Policy - A Review: Episode Five - American Expectations for Canada

September 26, 2016

On today's 'Global Exchange' Podcast, we have Peter Van Praagh in conversation with Colin Robertson to discuss his contribution to our new 'Foreign Policy Review' series. On the Podcast, Colin and Peter discuss the enduring Canada-U.S. alliance, and how Canada can remain a reliable ally to the U.S. in an era of instability.

Paper:

Bios:

  • Colin Robertson (host): A former Canadian diplomat, Colin Robertson is Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • Peter Van Praagh: Founding President of the Halifax International Security Forum.

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Canada's Foreign Policy - A Review: Episode Four - Canadian Mining and Democracy Building

September 19, 2016

On today's 'Global Exchange' Podcast, we have two foreign policy experts in conversation with Colin Robertson to discuss their contributions to our 'Foreign Policy Review' series. First, Colin speaks with Andrew McAlister, a former Canadian Ambassador to Tanzania and Madagascar, about the role of Canadian mining companies in developing regions such as Africa and Latin America. Next, Colin speaks with Ross Reid, a former Member of Parliament and Federal Minister, about how Canada can promote democracy and democratic institutions throughout the developing world.

Papers:
The two papers mentioned in the Podcast are available at cgai.ca:

Bios:

  • Colin Robertson (host): A former Canadian diplomat, Colin Robertson is Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • Andrew McAlister: Former Ambassador to Tanzania and Madagascar. Now a consultant throughout the mining sector in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
  • Ross Reid: Former Member of Canadian Parliament, former Federal Minister, as well as former Deputy Minister and Chief of Staff in Newfoundland and Labrador. Now involved in democracy development in more than 30 countries.

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Canada's Foreign Policy - A Review: Episode Three - Pluralism and International Aid

September 12, 2016

On today's 'Global Exchange' Podcast, we have two foreign policy experts in conversation with Colin Robertson to discuss their contributions to our upcoming 'Foreign Policy Review' series. First, Colin speaks with Jillian Stirk, a former Canadian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway, about incorporating pluralism within the foreign policy of a country like Canada. Next, Colin speaks with Darren Schemmer, a former Canadian Ambassador and Assistant Deputy Minister, about how Canada can improve it's international aid agenda to obtain more significant results in the future.

Papers:
The two papers mentioned in the Podcast are available at cgai.ca:

Bios:

  • Colin Robertson (host): A former Canadian diplomat, Colin Robertson is Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • Jillian Stirk: Former Canadian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway, and public service executive with experience in international affairs, public policy, and multilateral negotiations.
  • Darren Schemmer: Formerly Assistant Deputy Minister, Partnerships with Canadians Branch at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFTAD). Mr. Schemmer has over 25 years of experience in international development and diplomacy, including assignments as Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana and Ambassador to Togo.

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Canada's Foreign Policy - A Review: Episode One - The Asia Pacific and The National Interest

August 21, 2016

On today's 'Global Exchange' Podcast, we have two CGAI Research Fellows in conversation with Colin Robertson to discuss their contributions to our upcoming 'Foreign Policy Review' series. First, Colin speaks with Roy Rempel, a former advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, about the conflict between national interests and values in foreign policy. Next, Colin speaks with Randolph Mank, a former Ambassador and businessman, about Canada, and it's role in Asia and with ASEAN (Association of South East Asian States).

Bios:

  • Colin Robertson (host): - A former Canadian diplomat, Colin Robertson is Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • Randolph Mank: A three-time former Canadian ambassador and businessman, with over thirty years of experience in Asia and around the world.
  • Roy Rempel: Served as the senior advisor for defence policy in the Prime Minister's Office from 2010 to 2015.

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"Finlandization: A Conversation with Charles Murto"

July 18, 2016

On today's 'Global Exchange' Podcast, we have Finish Ambassador to Canada, Charles Murto, in conversation with Colin Robertson. Join Colin and Ambassador Murto for a discussion on the state of diplomacy, how the world have evolved in the last 30 years, and the importance of Finish-Canadian relations.

What is Finland's place in the world? How has conflict and globalization influenced Finland, especially in the last 30 years? Why is Finland important to Canada, and to NATO? What is the state of Finish-Canadian relations? All this and more are discussed on this weeks episode of 'The Global Exchange'.

Bios:

  • Colin Robertson (host): A former Canadian diplomat, Colin Robertson is Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • Charles Murto: Finish Ambassador to Canada.


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Canada and NATO: A Post-Warsaw Summit Discussion

July 11, 2016

On today's 'Global Exchange' Podcast, host Colin Robertson looks at the aftermath of the biennial NATO Leaders' Summit in Warsaw, Poland. Join Colin for a discussion with two experts on the issue - Julian Lindley-French, and Chris Westdal - as they look to identify the meaning and repercussions of this most recent summit moving forward.

Is NATO provoking a new Cold-War? Did Canada and Justin Trudeau prove 'Canada is Back' with NATO? What is the use of NATO's tripwire force installed in the Baltic States? All this and more are discussed on this weeks episode of 'The Global Exchange'.

Bios:

  • Colin Robertson (host): A former Canadian diplomat, Colin Robertson is Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • Chris Westdal: Chris Westdal was Canada’s Ambassador to Ireland, Russia, Uzbekistan, Armenia, the UN and the Disarmament Conference in Geneva, Ukraine, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Bangladesh and Burma.
  • Julian Lindley-French: NATO expert, Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, and Vice-President of the Atlantic Treaty Association.


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Brexit

June 24, 2016

"On today's inaugural 'Global Exchange' Podcast, host Colin Robertson looks at the results of June 23rd's #Brexit referendum throughout the United Kingdom. Join Colin for a discussion with three European experts - Anthony Cary, Gary Soroka, and Julian Lindley-French - as they look to identify the significance and impact of #Brexit for Canada, Britain, and the world.

What does #Brexit mean for the EU? What does it mean for global governance? Are there implications for Canada, and the world? All this and more are discussed on this weeks episode of 'The Global Exchange'.

Bios:

  • Colin Robertson (host): A former Canadian diplomat, Colin Robertson is Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • Anthony Cary: Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. Served as British Ambassador to Sweden (2003-6) and High Commissioner to Canada (2007-10).
  • Julian Lindley-French: NATO expert, Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, and Vice-President of the Atlantic Treaty Association.
  • Gary Soroka: Former diplomat who has served abroad in Canadian Embassies and Consulates in Washington, New Delhi, London, San José Costa Rica and Berlin. Also a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.


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