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Perspective on CPAC examines world events that matter to Canadians. With dispatches from the field and expert analysis, our guests break down complex global issues and shed light on Canada’s role on the international stage. Alison Smith is one of Canada’s best known and respected broadcast journalists. As an anchor and reporter for more than three decades, she was a senior award-winning member of the CBC News team. She has reported from every Canadian province and territory and across the gl ...
 
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Alison Smith: A Vote for Europe’s Future With or Without BrexitEric Reguly, European bureau chief for The Globe and Mail, comments on what the EU elections might mean in light of the growing populist sentiment in Europe.Rosa Balfour, senior fellow in the Europe program at The German Marshall Fund of the United States, looks more broadly at the forc…
 
Pieter Wezeman, a senior researcher with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, discusses the organization’s recent report on the increase in global military spending.Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow and director of research at the Brookings Institution, shares his thoughts on what the numbers mean for international rivalries and rela…
 
Hala al-Karib, regional director of the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa and activist for women’s rights, comments on the protests on the streets of Khartoum and the way women have helped shape the uprising.Eric Reeves, a senior fellow at Harvard University’s François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, discusses …
 
Freelance journalist Stefano Pozzebon reports from Caracas on the daily struggles Venezuelans face to get food, water, medicine and electricity.Eric Farnsworth, vice-president of the Council of the Americas and the Americas Society, discusses the broader geopolitical forces at play with regards to the Venezuela crisis.Tamara Taraciuk Broner, senior…
 
Lahav Harkov, senior contributing editor with The Jerusalem Post, talks about the election campaign and the close race between incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main challenger Benny Gantz.We also hear from Israeli citizens on the streets in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem about their thoughts on the coming election.Neri Zilber, analyst an…
 
David Herszenhorn, chief Brussels correspondent for POLITICO Europe, discusses the details of the EU’s decision to extend the Brexit deadline.Freelance journalist Cindy Pom reports from the streets of London on this weekend’s anti-Brexit protests.Peter Kellner, former president of YouGov and visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe, comments on the broa…
 
Freelance journalist Sameer Yasir comments on the situation on the ground in Kashmir in the wake of the recent fighting between India and Pakistan.Michael Kugelman, senior associate for South Asia, Wilson Center, discusses the broader implications of the recent flare-up between the two nuclear-armed nations.Aaghaz-e-Dosti is a cross border initiati…
 
Rebecca Traister discusses her new book “Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger.”Kavita Dogra, founder of We Talk Women, speaks about her involvement on the front lines of the women’s movement in Toronto.Srosh Hassan, a University of Alberta student interning at Aga Khan University in Nairobi, comments on the important role women pl…
 
Parag Khanna, author and global strategic adviser, discusses his new book “The Future is Asian.”Emi Yasuda, Rhianna Parent and Daniel Lin — three Canadians studying and working in Asia — offer their viewpoints on living in the continent.Dhruva Jaishankar, foreign policy fellow at the Brookings Institution, talks about India’s perspective on China’s…
 
Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson discuss their new book “Empty Planet: The Shock of Population Decline.”George Leeson, director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing at the University of Oxford, talks about how governments and societies can adapt and prepare for the large increase of the aging population in the coming years.Nobuko Kobayashi…
 
Freelance journalist Cindy Pom reports from the streets of Paris on the “yellow vest” protests.Dominique Moïsi, founder of the French Institute for International Relations and special advisor to the Institut Montaigne, comments on the domestic political challenges President Macron faces in the wake of the protests.Jan Techau, senior fellow and dire…
 
Freelance journalist Maya Averbuch, who has been travelling with the migrant caravan that is making its way toward the U.S., speaks about the daily struggles of those Central American migrants and their reasons for leaving their home countries.Bill Frelick, director of the refugee rights program at Human Rights Watch, discusses the harsh realities …
 
Steve Tsang, director of the SOAS China Institute, discusses the shifting China-U.S. relationship and the possible geopolitical ramifications.Catherine Wong, a reporter with the South China Morning Post, talks about how the Chinese government is addressing the U.S.-China trade dispute and its effect on the Chinese economy.Charles Burton, associate …
 
Thomas Colson, political reporter with Business Insider UK, discusses British Prime Minister Theresa May’s political challenges in selling the Brexit deal leading up to the parliamentary vote on December 11.Jonathan Portes, professor of economics at King’s College London, comments on the potential costs of Brexit to the U.K. economy.Andrew Lilico, …
 
Alec Luhn, Russia correspondent with The Telegraph, discusses the situation on the ground in Ukraine following the incident in the Kerch Strait and the reaction from Moscow.Gwendolyn Sasse, director of the Centre for East European and International Studies, speaks about the implications of the Kerch Strait confrontation and what the West can do to …
 
Freelance journalist Shuaib Almosawa talks about the situation on the ground in the country and the daily struggles faced by its citizens.Farea Al-Muslimi, chairman and co-founder, Sana’a Center, discusses the broader geopolitical backdrop against which the Yemen conflict is unfolding.Kamal Al-Solaylee, author of “Brown: What Being Brown in the Wor…
 
Ana Vanessa Herrero, a reporter in Caracas for the New York Times, discusses the mood on the ground among everyday citizens in the country in the wake of recent protests against President Nicolás Maduro.Phil Gunson, senior analyst with the International Crisis Group, describes the complex political manoeuvring between President Maduro and oppositio…
 
Afghanistan’s deadly reality and the prospects for peace. Freelance journalist Zakarya Hassani talks about the atmosphere on the ground in Afghanistan in the wake of last weekend’s parliamentary election. Graeme Smith, a consultant with the International Crisis Group, discusses the broader implications of the recent election and what it may mean fo…
 
Russia’s Threat – Putin’s Global Ambition. Tom Nichols, professor at the U.S. Naval War College, speaks about the threat Russia poses to the West and how Russia employs hybrid warfare to disrupt the democratic institutions of liberal democracies. Andrei Kolesnikov, senior fellow and chair of Carnegie Moscow Center’s Russian domestic politics progra…
 
Assessing the promise, the priorities and the reality of Justin Trudeau’s foreign policy. Jennifer Welsh, professor and chair in international relations at the European University Institute, speaks about what Canada’s role in the world should be given the current geopolitical climate. Sean Speer, Munk Senior Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institut…
 
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