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."


NATO Series Episode 2: The Contemporary Role and Future of NATO

September 18, 2017

On today's "Global Exchange" Podcast, we continue our conversation on the topic of NATO, in light of the release of our recent NATO paper series at www.cgai.ca/nato_series. On this episode, Colin speaks with Andrew Rasiulis and Yves Brodeur about the future of NATO, as well as the role of the alliance in today's international climate. 

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.
  • Andrew Rasiulis: a retired public servant and a Fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. During his tenure in the public service, Mr. Rasiulis held positions such as Defence Advisor to the Canadian Delegation for Conventional Arms Control Talks in Vienna and Department of Defence Section Head responsible for policy on Central and Eastern Europe.
  • Yves Brodeur: Ambassador to Turkey from 2005 to 2007 and Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to NATO from 2011 to 2015. He is now a CGAI Fellow.

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NATO Series Episode 1: The Possibility of Renewing the Atlantic Alliance

September 11, 2017

On today's "Global Exchange" Podcast, we begin a new conversation on the topic of NATO in coordination with our recent NATO paper series at www.cgai.ca/nato_series. On this episode, Colin speaks with Julian Lindley-French, a preeminent European NATO expert, on the future of the Atlantic Alliance, and how future European (and Canadian) involvement can sustain the partnership well into the future.

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.
  • Julian Lindley-French: a Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. He is also Vice- President of the Atlantic Treaty Association in Brussels, Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow at the National Defense University in Washington DC, and Senior Fellow for the Institute for Statecraft in London.

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Book Recommendations

  • Julian Lindley-French: “Kim” by Rudyard Kipling

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Energy Series Episode 4: Pipelines & Hydro Power

September 5, 2017

On today's "Global Exchange" Podcast, we continue our conversation surrounding our 2017 Energy Paper series. On this episode, Colin speaks with Kelly Ogle, John Haffner, and Jim Burpee about the national pipeline landscape, and the future of hydro power throughout 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.
  • Kelly Ogle: President and CEO of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.
  • John Haffner: a consultant with extensive experience in the cleantech, energy and infrastructure sectors. As President of Haffner Group, a Toronto- and Hong Kong-based company he founded in 2011, he provides advisory and execution services for clients in Canada and Asia. Haffner has more than 15 years’ experience working on energy and environmental issues, including major projects for Ontario Power Generation and the Canadian Electricity Association.
  • •    Jim Burpee: Jim Burpee has been working in the electricity sector on a provincial, federal, North American and global level for 40 years. He has worked as a senior executive for much of that time (Ontario Hydro/ Ontario Power Generation) including six years at the CEO level (Bridge Renewable Energy Technologies, Canadian Electricity Association).

Book Recommendations

 
Energy Series Papers

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Science Diplomacy and the Future of the Foreign Service

August 28, 2017

On today's "Global Exchange" Podcast, we dissect the often under-appreciated issue of science diplomacy, and the future of science within the foreign service of Canada. Join Colin in conversation with CGAI Fellow Daryl Copeland for an overview of what science diplomacy means, why it's so important in today's technologically advanced world, and what Canada needs to do to be on the forefront of scientifically-routed diplomacy.

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: 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).

Book Recommendations

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NAFTA Renegotiation: A Need For Dispute Settlement Mechanisms?

August 22, 2017
 
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 Lawrence Herman about the future of dispute settlement within the NAFTA framework.

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.

Book Recommendations

  • Lawrence Herman:
  1. "Path Between The Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914" - by David McCullough
  2. "The Fall of France: The Nazi Invasion of 1940" - by Julian Jackson
  3. "The Orange Balloon Dog: Bubbles, Turmoil and Avarice in the Contemporary Art Market" - by Don Thompson

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The North Korean Problem: Responding to the New Great Game

August 15, 2017
 
On today's "Global Exchange" Podcast, we enlist the help of a former Canadian Ambassador to North and South Korea to explain the ongoing nuclear standoff between the Northern Communist dictatorship and the United States. Join Colin in conversation with CGAI Fellow Marius Grinius for an overview of the conflict, the role of the U.S. and China, as well as why this standoff matters for 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.
  • Marius Grinius: A Fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and the former Canadian Ambassador to South Korea with a cross-accreditation to North Korea in 2005. In 2007 Marius was posted to Geneva as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament.

Book Recommendations
•    Marius Grinius - "By Gaslight" - by Steven Price
 
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NAFTA Renegotiation: An Explanation Of The American Trade Regime

August 8, 2017

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 Sarah Goldfeder, a former Special Assistant to two U.S. Ambassadors to Canada, for an in-depth explanation of America's trade negotiation process, and how the branches of the U.S. system intersect to create trade deals.

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.
  • Sarah Goldfeder: a Principal at the Earnscliffe Strategy Group and a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

Book Recommendations

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NAFTA Renegotiation: The Ins and Outs of Modernizing North American Trade

July 31, 2017

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 two experts on Canadian trade -- Rob Wright & John Weekes -- as they discuss Canada's goals for negotiations, and the process for getting a multilateral agreement such as NAFTA done in a timely manner.

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.
  • Rob Wright: served as Canadian Ambassador to China from 2005-2009. He served as Ambassador to Japan from 2001-2005. From 1995-2001 he was Canadian Deputy Minister for International Trade.
  • John Weekes: Canada’s ambassador to the WTO from 1995 to 1999 and the chief negotiator for Canada during the original NAFTA negotiation.

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NAFTA Renegotiation: What Do Trump's Goals Mean For Canada?

July 24, 2017

On today's episode of The Global Exchange Podcast, we examine the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement in light of America's recently released goals of its renegotiation. Join Colin in conversation with two experts on Canada-U.S. trade -- Laura Dawson & Eric Miller -- as they discuss what America's goals mean for Canada, and how a win-win agreement can be achieved under a Trump administration.

Participant Biographies

  • Colin Robertson (host): A former Canadian diplomat and Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • Laura Dawson: Director of the Wilson Center's Canada Institute and a member of the CGAI Advisory Council.
  • Eric Miller: The President of Rideau Potomac Strategy Group and a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

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The Softwood Lumber Industry and North American Trade Disputes

July 17, 2017

On today's "Global Exchange" Podcast, we examine the North American softwood lumber industry, and the current bilateral trade dispute ongoing between Canada and the U.S. in the shadow of a NAFTA renegotiation. Join our host Colin Robertson in conversation with a softwood lumber expert, Rick Doman, for an in-depth conversation on the current continental softwood landscape, as well as recommendations for the future of the industry.

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.
  • Rick Doman: Chief Executive Officer of Eacom Timber Corporation and Chief Executive Officer of Western Forest Products.

Book Recommendations

Related Links

  • "Managing Trump: The Canadian Response" - by Colin Robertson (CGAI Policy Update)
  • "Canada-U.S. softwood deal possible by next month: forestry analyst" - by Ross Marowitz (The Globe and Mail)
  • "2nd wave of softwood lumber duties sets up 'dangerous' talks for Canada" - by Janyce McGregor (CBC News)

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Canada's New Feminist Development Policy

June 29, 2017

On today's "Global Exchange" Podcast, we take a deep dive into Canada's new "feminist" development policy to see what role it plays in promoting Justin Trudeau's "Canada is Back" rhetoric. Join our host Colin Robertson in conversation with a CGAI expert in development assistance, Darren Schemmer, for a run-down of the policy, and what it means for Canada's role in the world moving forward.

Participant Biographies

  • Colin Robertson (host): A former Canadian diplomat and Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • Darren Schemmer: Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a former Development Officer with the Andes Program of the Canadian International Development Agency. He served abroad in Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Washington, D.C., U.S.A; Cairo, Egypt; and most recently Accra, Ghana where he was High Commissioner of Canada to Ghana and Ambassador to Togo. At headquarters he has served as Senior Departmental Assistant to the Minister for International Cooperation; as Director General of Policy, Planning and Management for Americas Branch; as Director-General for Haiti, Cuba and the Dominican Republic and most recently as Assistant Deputy Minister for Partnerships.

Book Recommendations

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The Canada-France Bromance: Possibilities for the Trudeau-Macron Relationship

June 22, 2017

On today's "Global Exchange" Podcast, we look at the recent Presidential and Parliamentary elections in France, where the young centrist leader Emmanuel Macron has won a victory eerily reminiscent of Canada's election won by Justin Trudeau in 2015. Join Colin in discussion with CGAI Fellow Ferry de Kerckhove for an analysis of the recent French elections, the similarities between Trudeau and Macron, as well as the possibility for the development of a liberal alliance led by both leaders to counter the waves of populist sentiment growing throughout the West.

Participant Biographies

  • Colin Robertson (host): A former Canadian diplomat and Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • Ferry de Kerckhove: Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and the Former High Commissioner of Canada to Pakistan, Indonesia, and Egypt.

Book Recommendations

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A World in Disarray: What Role for Canada in a Confused International System?

June 15, 2017

On today's episode of The Global Exchange Podcast, we look back to CGAI's May 2nd conference entitled 'A World in Disarray: What Role for Canada?'. Join Colin in conversation with three of Canada's most prolific public figures -- John Manley, Bob Rae, and Jean Charest -- for a conversation on the state of the world in light of Brexit and the Trump Presidency, and what role Canada can play moving forward.

Participant Biographies

  • Colin Robertson (host): A former Canadian diplomat and Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • The Hon. John Manley: President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of Canada. Mr. Manley is a former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada. He was first elected to Parliament in 1988, and re-elected three times. From 1993 to 2003 he was a Minister in the governments of Jean Chrétien, serving in the portfolios of Industry, Foreign Affairs and Finance, in addition to being Deputy Prime Minister.
  • The Hon. Bob Rae: a senior partner at Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP, where he works with First Nations across Canada as legal counsel, advisor, and negotiator. He served as Ontario's 21st Premier from 1990 to 1995 and Interim Federal Leader of the Liberal Party in 2011- 2013.
  • The Hon. Jean Charest: As Deputy Prime Minister of Canada and Premier of Québec, Jean Charest is one of Canada’s best known political figures. As Minister of the Environment, he led his country’s delegation at the 1992 Earth Summit on the economy and the environment in Rio and was praised for his leadership role among G7 countries on climate change and biodiversity.

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Canada's Defence Policy Review: What Does it Mean? 

June 8, 2017

On today's "Global Exchange" Podcast, we take a look at Canada's defence policy review (DPR). Join Colin in conversation with CGAI defence analyst David Perry for a run-down on what Canada's DPR has planned for the country's armed forces. Also on the Podcast are two defence experts -- Richard Fadden & Yves Brodeur -- who look at the implications of the DPR moving forward, and the difficulties that may come with implementation.

Participant Biographies

  • Colin Robertson (host): A former Canadian diplomat and Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • David Perry: Fellow and Senior Analyst with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. Was previously the Senior Security and Defence Analyst of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute and the Deputy Director of Dalhousie University’s Centre for Foreign Policy Studies where he remains a fellow.
  • Richard Fadden: the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister from January 19, 2015 to March 31, 2016. Previously he was the Deputy Minister of National Defence starting in May 2013, he served as the director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service from 2009 until 2013.
  • Yves Brodeur: a Canadian diplomat. Former Canadian Ambassador to NATO. He was also formerly the Ambassador to Turkey and ambassador to Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Georgia from August 2005 to October 2007.

Book Recommendations

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Canada-Chile Relations: On Track or Time for a Reset?

June 5, 2017
 
On today's "Global Exchange" Podcast, we look at the state of Canada-Chile relations with CGAI Fellow Paul Durand and the Chilean Ambassador to Canada, Alejandro Marisio.

Participant Biographies

  • Colin Robertson (host): A former Canadian diplomat and Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • Alejandro Marisio: Chilean Ambassador to Canada..
  • Paul Durand: In the foreign service, Mr. 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. From 2007 until 2009 he was the resident representative of the OAS in the Dominican Republic.

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A Canadian Analysis of Donald Trump's First G7 & NATO Summits

June 1, 2017
 
On today's "Global Exchange" Podcast, CGAI Fellows Dave Perry, Julian Lindley-French, and Gary Soroka join host Colin Robertson to analyze Donald Trump's first NATO and G7 Summits. Join Colin and his guests for a review of Canada's role at the two meetings, a frank perspective on Trump's inaugural performance, as well as the impending implications for the rest of the Western world.

Participant Biographies

  • Colin Robertson (host): A former Canadian diplomat and Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • David Perry: Fellow and Senior Analyst with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. Was previously the Senior Security and Defence Analyst of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute and the Deputy Director of Dalhousie University’s Centre for Foreign Policy Studies where he remains a fellow.
  • Julian Lindley-French: Vice-President of the Atlantic Treaty Association, Senior Fellow of the Institute of Statecraft, Director of Europe Analytica & Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow, National Defense University, Washington DC. He is also a CGAI Fellow.
  • Gary Soroka: Fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. In 1976, he joined the Department of External Affairs and held a number of positions in Ottawa and at Canadian missions abroad. He spent most of his career as a specialist in the area of foreign policy before retiring in 2009.

Book Recommendations

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A Conversation with French Ambassador Nicolas Chapuis

May 25, 2017
 
On today's "Global Exchange" Podcast, we speak with the outgoing French Ambassador to Canada, Nicolas Chapuis. Join Colin and Ambassador Chapuis for a discussion on cultural diplomacy, international efforts to curb climate change, the importance of Canada-France relations, and the Ambassador’s impressions of Canada throughout his time in Ottawa.

Participant Biographies

  • Colin Robertson (host): A former Canadian diplomat and Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • Nicolas Chapuis: French Ambassador to Canada.

Book Recommendations

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Energy Series Episode 3: Carbon Taxes and Energy Supply from a National Perspective

May 17, 2017
 
On today's "Global Exchange" Podcast, we continue our conversation surrounding our 2017 Energy Paper Series. On this episode, Colin speaks with Ken Green and Normand Mousseau about the national carbon tax landscape, as well as the process of of decarbonizing our energy supply.

Participant Biographies

  • Colin Robertson (host): A former Canadian diplomat and Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • Ken Green: Senior Director of the Center for Natural Resource Studies at the Fraser Institute. Mr. Green has studied public policy involving energy, risk, regulation, and the environment for nearly 20 years at public policy research institutions across North America including the Reason Foundation, the Environmental Literacy Council and the American Enterprise Institute.
  • Normand Mousseau: a professor of physics and Research chair on complex materials, energy and natural resources at Université de Montréal and Academic director of the Trottier Institute of Energy at Polytechnique Montréal. As a specialist in the field of complex materials and biophysics, he has published more than 160 scientific articles.

Energy Series Paper Links

Book Recommendations

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French Election Special: A Roundtable with CGAI’s European Experts

May 11, 2017

On today's "Global Exchange" Podcast, we speak with three European experts on the recent French election, as well as the upcoming German and U.K. elections. Join Colin in a discussion with Ferry de Kerckhove, Anthony Cary, and Gary Soroka on the results of the recent French election, the rise of populism throughout Europe, and the implications for Canada.

Participant Biographies

  • Colin Robertson (host): A former Canadian diplomat and Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • Ferry de Kerckhove: a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. He served as Canada’s High Commissioner to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and as Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia and the Arab Republic of Egypt.
  • Anthony Cary: a former British diplomat who served as High Commissioner to Canada and a Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.
  • Gary Soroka: educated in Canada and the University of Edinburgh where he received his PhD in Political Philosophy. In 1976, he joined the Department of External Affairs and held a number of positions in Ottawa and at Canadian missions abroad. He spent most of his career as a specialist in the area of foreign policy before retiring in 2009.

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Energy Series Episode 2: The Shifting Tides within Canada's Energy Industry

May 4, 2014

On today's "Global Exchange" Podcast, we continue our conversation surrounding our 2017 Energy papers. On this episode, Colin speaks with Petra Dolata and Dennis McConaghy about the shifting tides throughout Canada's energy industry. Join Colin and our two guests for a discussion on carbon taxes, energy-related infrastructure development, and the larger transitions taking place throughout the global energy marketplace.

Participant Biographies

  • Colin Robertson (host): A former Canadian diplomat and Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • Petra Dolata: Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in the History of Energy at the University of Calgary. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Military, Security & Strategic Studies and co-convenor of Energy In Society, a working group at the Calgary Institute for the Humanities.
  • Dennis McConaghy: the former Executive Vice-President of Corporate Development at TransCanada Corporation. Previously, he was Executive Vice-President, Pipeline Strategy and Development.

Paper Links


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Energy Series Episode 1: Carbon Taxes and the Future of Canadian Energy Development

April 27, 2017

On today's "Global Exchange" Podcast, Colin speaks with two renowned energy experts in the first edition of our 2017 Energy Podcast series. On this episode, Colin speaks with Monica Gattinger and Michael Cleland about the future of energy development in Canada. From carbon taxes to pipelines, the state of Canada's energy industry in broken down in this episode of 'The Global Exchange'.

Participant Biographies

  • Colin Robertson (host): A former Canadian diplomat and Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • Monica Gattinger: Director of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy and Associate Professor at the School of Political Studies.
  • Michael Cleland: A private consultant with extensive experience in energy and environment policy. He is Senior Fellow with the University of Ottawa and a member of uOttawa’s Positive Energy research team.

Paper Links

 
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Canada and Asian Pacific Security Perspectives: A Discussion with the Korean Ambassador Daeshik Jo

April 20, 2017

On today's episode of The Global Exchange podcast, we speak with outgoing Korean Ambassador to Canada, Daeshik Jo, on the state of bilateral relations between Canada and Korea. Join Colin and Ambassador Jo for a discussion on Canada-Korea relations, the future of the Korean Peninsula, as well as the recent developments north of the 38th parallel.

Participant Biographies

  • Colin Robertson (host): A former Canadian diplomat and Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • Daeshik Jo: Appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Canada in March 2015. Ambassador Jo comes to Canada with over 30 years of experience in the Foreign Service. His career has focused primarily on political and multilateral issues, as well as inter-Korean affairs.

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Bad News for Defence and Development - A 2017 Post-Budget Analysis

April 5, 2017

After a brief hiatus, The Global Exchange podcast is back! On today's episode, we speak with two CGAI Fellows about the 2017 Federal Budget, and what it means for Canadian defence and development. Join Colin for a discussion with Darren Schemmer on the future of Canadian development spending, and with David Perry on the lack of funding allocated for defence procurement in Budget 2017.

Participant Biographies

  • Colin Robertson (host): A former Canadian diplomat and Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • Darren Schemmer: a Fellow with the Candian Global Affairs Institute and Former Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana and Ambassador to Togo.
  • David Perry: Senior Analyst and a Fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

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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.

Recommended Books:

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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.

Recommended Books:

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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.

Recommended Books:

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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.


Related Links:

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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.


Related Links:

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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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NEW PODCAST - "THE GLOBAL EXCHANGE"

Canada and Asian Pacific Security Perspectives: A Discussion with the Korean Ambassador Daeshik Jo

 

On today's episode of The Global Exchange Podcast, we speak with outgoing Korean Ambassador to Canada, Daeshik Jo, on the state of bilateral relations between Canada and Korea. Join Colin and Ambassador Jo for a discussion on Canada-Korea relations, the future of the Korean Peninsula, as well as the recent developments north of the 38th parallel. 


Participant Biographies

  • Colin Robertson (host): A former Canadian diplomat and Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • Daeshik Jo: Appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Canada in March 2015. Ambassador Jo comes to Canada with over 30 years of experience in the Foreign Service. His career has focused primarily on political and multilateral issues, as well as inter-Korean affairs.

 

 

The complete podcast,"Canada and Asian Pacific Security Perspectives: A Discussion with the Korean Ambassador Daeshik Jo", is available SoundCloud at:
https://soundcloud.com/user-609485369/canada-and-asian-pacific-security-perspectives-a-discussion-with-the-korean-ambassador-daeshik-jo


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On today's "Global Exchange" Podcast, Colin speaks with two renowned energy experts in the first edition of our 2017 Energy Podcast series. On this episode, Colin speaks with Monica Gattinger and Michael Cleland about the future of energy development in Canada. From carbon taxes to pipelines, the state of Canada's energy industry in broken down in this episode of 'The Global Exchange'.

Participant Biographies

  • Colin Robertson (host): A former Canadian diplomat and Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • Monica Gattinger: Director of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy and Associate Professor at the School of Political Studies.
  • Michael Cleland: A private consultant with extensive experience in energy and environment policy. He is Senior Fellow with the University of Ottawa and a member of uOttawa’s Positive Energy research team.

On today's "Global Exchange" Podcast, we dissect the often under-appreciated issue of science diplomacy, and the future of science within the foreign service of Canada. Join Colin in conversation with CGAI Fellow Daryl Copeland for an overview of what science diplomacy means, why it's so important in today's technologically advanced world, and what Canada needs to do to be on the forefront of scientifically-routed diplomacy.


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: 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).
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