Canada and the World, Ep. 15: Is Canada back?

A new podcast series from
and the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

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18 November, 2018

Recorded after the opening of the United Nations General Assembly in September, Bessma Momani asks three Canadian experts some urgent questions about the state of affairs when it comes to Canadian foreign policy: Is there a decline in interest in studying and researching Canadian foreign policy? Is that decline related to a real or perceived decline in Canada’s role on the global stage? What is needed to encourage more debate within public, political and academic spheres? Likewise, what is needed to put Canada back on the map globally? 

Our host

Bessma Momani is professor at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and University of Waterloo and a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. She’s also a non-resident senior fellow at the Stimson Center in Washington, D.C. and a Fulbright Scholar. She has been non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. and a 2015 Fellow at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. She’s a frequent analyst and expert on international affairs in Canadian and global media. 

This week’s guests

Brian Bow is the director of Dalhousie’s Centre for the Study of Security and Development (CSSD, formerly Centre for Foreign Policy Studies) at Dalhousie University. He is also currently a research fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI), the North American Research Initiative (NARI), and the Borders in Globalization (BIG) collaborative project at University of Victoria. He has previously been a visiting fellow or researcher at American University’s Center for North American Studies (CNAS), the Woodrow Wilson Center, Georgetown University, Carleton University and the Australian National University.

Andrea Lane is a PhD candidate at Dalhousie University. She holds a BA in political science from Dalhousie University, and an MA in international affairs from Carleton University (NPSIA). Andrea’s research interests include maritime security, military cultures, civil-military relations, defence policy and procurement, gender in security, and Canadian foreign policy. Her dissertation focuses on the impact of service-level cultures on procurement decision-making.

David Black is the chair of Dalhousie University’s department of political science. He has been president of the International Studies Association’s Canadian Section, a member of the executive committee of the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID), and on the executive council of the Canadian Consortium on Human Security (CCHS). From 1999-2006 and 2007-8 he was seconded to the Department of International Development Studies as Department Chair, and continues to be cross-appointed to IDS as well as Canadian Studies. In 2012, he received the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching, and was named Lester B. Pearson Professor of International Development Studies. In 2013, he received the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Award for Service Excellence.

Canada and The World is produced and edited by Matthew Markudis. Each episode can be found on iTunes and other podcast applications. 

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Journalism in Canada has suffered a devastating decline over the last two decades. Dozens of newspapers and outlets have shuttered. Remaining newsrooms are smaller. Nowhere is this erosion more acute than in the coverage of foreign policy and international news. It’s expensive, and Canadians, oceans away from most international upheavals, pay the outside world comparatively little attention.

At Open Canada, we believe this must change. If anything, the pandemic has taught us we can’t afford to ignore the changing world. What’s more, we believe, most Canadians don’t want to. Many of us, after all, come from somewhere else and have connections that reach around the world.

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