Canada and the World, Ep. 26: Foreign policy in an age of flux

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

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1 February, 2019

Authors of a recent piece on teaching in the Trump era join podcast host Bessma Momani to reflect on recent changes in international affairs and the challenges they present to educators and students in the field. What are the implications for how we tell the story of Canada? Where is the interest in foreign policy in academia? Has it changed? How do publications, teaching strategies and materials change over time and when should they? This episode traces the connections between the making of Canadian foreign policy itself and promoting an understanding of the subject at home.

Our host

Bessma Momani is a 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

Heather Smith is a professor of global and international studies at the University of Northern British Columbia and visiting scholar at Dalhousie University.

Jean-Christophe Boucher is a research director at the Centre Interuniversitaire de recherche sur les relations internationales du Québec et du Canada. His main research interests and publications have focused on peace and security studies, Canadian foreign and defence policies, quantitative analysis and methodology.

Wilfrid Greaves is an assistant professor of international relations at the University of Victoria. His research principally examines the intersections between security theory and environmental politics with focuses on

Canada and The World is produced and edited by Matthew Markudis. Each episode can be found oniTunes 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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