Canada and the World, Ep: 27: State of the Union, Oscars and everything else

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

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8 February, 2019

With an ice storm hitting parts of southern Ontario this week, where Canada and the World is recorded, host Bessma Momani brings together two guests by phone to discuss a mish-mash of topics, from the foreign affairs elements of Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, to the political aspects of films nominated for this year’s Academy Awards, to the potential for young activists such as Greta Thunberg to make an impact globally.

Which issues did Trump fail to mention but should have? What does a documentary about US Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg tell us about gender discrimination in law and the lack of Canadian figures portrayed in film? What should be the response to young people who ask to change the world? In just a short time, this episode covers a lot of ground.

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

Veronica Kitchen is an associate professor of political science at the University of Waterloo and in the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She researches the global governance of domestic security, focusing on urban security and counter-terrorism, security bureaucracies, the ethics of security, and mega-event security.

Christopher Bennett is a lecturer at the University of Waterloo. His research interests cover a wide range of topics in political theory, climate ethics, and the history of ideas.

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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