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Canada and the World, Ep. 21: Goodbye 2018, hello 2019

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

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20 December, 2018

As 2018 comes to an end, podcast host Bessma Momani asks guests John Ravenhill, Robert Greenhill and Eva Salinas to look back on the biggest and most important foreign policy stories of 2018 and give a preview of what will and should be on the radar in the year ahead. From rising populism to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, all four discuss what made the news this past year, what was missed and why it mattered. Then they turn to 2019, exploring the questions worth asking as electoral integrity and women’s empowerment, among other issues, become increasingly part of mainstream discussions and the focus of many countries’ foreign policies, including Canada.

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

John Ravenhill is director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs and professor of political science at the University of Waterloo. He was previously head of the School of Politics and International Relations in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University, and chair of politics at the University of Edinburgh. 

Robert Greenhill is the founder of Global Canada. Previously, he was the managing director of the World Economic Forum and president of the Canadian International Development Agency.

Eva Salinas is the managing editor of She was previously the editor of The Santiago Times in Chile, where she was also a freelance correspondent for the Globe and Mail, The Times of London, and the CBC, among others. She has also worked for the Financial Post, Journalists for Human Rights, and Athletes for Africa.

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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