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.

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2018 Podcasts

Following the Funding in Canada's New Defence Policy

February 20, 2018

On today's Global Exchange Podcast, we dive deep into Canada's new defence policy -- Strong, Secure, Engaged -- as we discuss how the new document will actually be funded moving forward. Join host Colin Robertson in conversation with CGAI's Senior Defence Analyst Dave Perry, as they discuss Dave's recent paper entitled, "Following the Funding in Strong, Secure, Engaged".

Participant Biographies

  • Colin Robertson (host): A former Canadian diplomat, Colin Robertson is Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.
  • Dave Perry: David Perry is the Senior Analyst and Vice President with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. He received his PhD in political science from Carleton University, where his dissertation examined the link between defence budgeting and defence procurement.

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A Conversation with Indian High Commissioner Vikas Swarup

February 12, 2018

On today's Global Exchange Podcast, we speak with the Indian High Commissioner to Canada, Vikas Swarup. Join Colin and High Commissioner Swarup for a discussion on the High Commissioner's career, his impressions of Canada, the importance of Canada-India relations, and the significance of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's upcoming visit to India.

Participant Biographies

  • Colin Robertson (host): A former Canadian diplomat, Colin Robertson is Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.
  • Vikas Swarup: High Commissioner of India to Canada.

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The Canada-U.S. Relationship Beyond NAFTA

February 8, 2018

On today's Global Exchange Podcast, we continue our discussion on the Canada-U.S. relationship, although this time we go beyond NAFTA as we look at Justin Trudeau's trip to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago. Join Colin in conversation with CGAI Fellows Sarah Goldfeder, Eric Miller, and John Weekes, as they discuss what Trudeau needs to do during his visit down South to foster deeper relations with our American friends. The discussion also touches on American perceptions of Canada, Canada-U.S. cultural relations, and, of course, trade.

Participant Biographies

  • Colin Robertson (host): A former Canadian diplomat, Colin Robertson is Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.
  • John Weekes: Canada’s ambassador to the WTO from 1995 to 1999 and the chief negotiator for Canada during the original NAFTA negotiation. John is also a CGAI Fellow.
  • Eric Miller: a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and the President of Rideau Potomac Strategy Group, a cross-border consultancy that advises clients on government affairs, economics, cybersecurity and geopolitical developments.
  • Sarah Goldfeder: a Principal at the Earnscliffe Strategy Group and a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

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Discussing The Unites States' New Security and Defence Policies

February 4, 2018

On today's Global Exchange Podcast, we take a look at the United States' new defence and security policies with CGAI Fellow, and former Senior Advisor for International Humanitarian Policy in the Obama administration, Lindsay Rodman. Join Lindsay in conversation with our Host, Dave Perry, as they decipher the meaning of the two new documents, and how they reflect the worldview of President Donald Trump. The discussion also looks at the presence of a third offset strategy, the lack of attention to cyber warfare, and the calls for more interoperability amongst America's allies.

Participant Biographies

  • Dave Perry (host): David Perry is the Senior Analyst and Vice President with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. He received his PhD in political science from Carleton University, where his dissertation examined the link between defence budgeting and defence procurement.
  • Lindsay Rodman: the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow (Canada), placed at the University of Ottawa's Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS). She is a U.S. attorney and an expert in U.S. defence and foreign policy, and recently joined CFR and CIPS after leaving the Obama Administration, where she served in the Pentagon as Senior Advisor for International Humanitarian Policy. She is also a Fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

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Diversifying Our Trade Regime: What the CPTPP Means for Canada

January 29, 2018

On today's Global Exchange Podcast, we look to the Pacific, as Canada, along with 10 other Pacific nations, have agreed in principle to the revised Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Join Colin in conversation with Asian trade experts Hugh Stephens & Eric Miller as they discuss the nuts and bolts of the deal, why it took Canada so long to sign-on, and what benefits it provides to Canadian exporters and consumers.

Participant Biographies

  • 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.
  • Eric Miller: a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and the President of Rideau Potomac Strategy Group, a cross-border consultancy that advises clients on government affairs, economics, cybersecurity and geopolitical developments.
  • Hugh Stephens: Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, Executive-in-Residence at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, and Vice Chair of the Canadian Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (CanCPEC).

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Crunch Time for NAFTA: Looking Ahead to Round 6 in Montreal

January 22, 2018

On today's Global Exchange Podcast, we continue our discussion on the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Join Colin in conversation with a roster of prominent trade experts as they discuss the future of the deal, the likelihood of finding common ground at the negotiating table, and what to expect from round six of negotiations in Montreal.

Participant Biographies

  • 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.
  • Lawrence Herman: Chair of the CITT’s National Advisory Committee and a member of the Trade Expert Advisory Council of the Canadian Department of International Trade. He is also a Senior Fellow of the C.D. Howe Institute. Find more of his work at www.hermancorp.net.
  • John Weekes: Canada’s ambassador to the WTO from 1995 to 1999 and the chief negotiator for Canada during the original NAFTA negotiation. John is also a CGAI Fellow.
  • Laura Dawson: Director of the Wilson Center's Canada Institute and a member of the CGAI Advisory Council.
  • Eric Miller: a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and the President of Rideau Potomac Strategy Group, a cross-border consultancy that advises clients on government affairs, economics, cybersecurity and geopolitical developments.
  • Sarah Goldfeder: a Principal at the Earnscliffe Strategy Group and a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

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Discussing The Importance of Cultural Diplomacy

January 15, 2018

On today's Global Exchange Podcast, we enlisted the assistance of two CGAI Fellows to discuss and reflect on the idea of cultural diplomacy, and how Canada can better utilize its cultural clout worldwide. Join host Colin Robertson in conversation with Daryl Copeland & Sarah Smith as they discuss the definition of cultural diplomacy, how Canada is doing in promoting its culture abroad, and how we can do better in prioritizing cultural diplomacy as part of our overall diplomatic strategy within Global Affairs Canada.

Participant Biographies

  • 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.
  • Daryl Copeland: Daryl Copeland is an analyst, author, consultant and educator specializing in science and technology, diplomacy, international policy, global issues and public management. He is Senior Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, Policy Fellow at the University of Montreal’s Centre for International Studies and Research (CERIUM), and Visiting Professor at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and the Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance (UK).
  • Sarah Smith: Sarah E.K. Smith is an Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Carleton University. She is affiliated faculty in the Bachelor of Global and International Studies program (BGInS) at Carleton University, and in the Cultural Studies Program at Queen’s University. Sarah is also now a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

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How The United States Views Canadian Defence Policy

January 8, 2018

On today's Global Exchange Podcast, we speak with Lindsay Rodman, a former Senior Advisor for International Humanitarian Policy in the Obama Administration, about how Americans view Canada's new defence policy. Join host Dave Perry in conversation with Lindsay as they discuss how the U.S. defence establishment analyzes and assesses our defence and foreign policy statements, the difference in how Americans and Canadians create their security documents, and what decisions within Strong, Secure, Engaged matter most, and are most useful, to the United States.

Participant Biographies

  • Dave Perry (host): Senior Analyst and Vice President with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. He received his PhD in political science from Carleton University, where his dissertation examined the link between defence budgeting and defence procurement.
  • Lindsay Rodman: the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow (Canada), placed at the University of Ottawa's Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS). She is a U.S. attorney and an expert in U.S. defence and foreign policy, and recently joined CFR and CIPS after leaving the Obama Administration, where she served in the Pentagon as Senior Advisor for International Humanitarian Policy. She is also a Fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

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Fixing Canada's Procurement System: A Discussion with Tom Ring

January 4, 2018

On today's Global Exchange Podcast, we look at Canada's defence procurement process, and why the system is so notoriously broken. Join host Dave Perry in conversation with CGAI Fellow Tom Ring as they discuss the history of Canadian defence procurement, the various attempts at departmental reform, and the problems plaguing the current system, with specific emphasis on the National Shipbuilding Strategy and the ongoing CF-18 replacement.

Participant Biographies

  • Dave Perry (host): Senior Analyst and Vice President with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. He received his PhD in political science from Carleton University, where his dissertation examined the link between defence budgeting and defence procurement.
  • Tom Ring: A Canadian Global Affairs Institute Fellow and former Assistant Deputy Minister (Acquisitions) at Public Works and Government Services Canada, as well as former Assistant Deputy Minister (Public Affairs) at the Department of National Defence.

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