#17- Who Are We To Promote Democracy Abroad? with Michael Ignatieff

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13 January, 2023
#17- Who Are We To Promote Democracy Abroad? with Michael Ignatieff

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When he ran for leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada, Michael Ignatieff laid out a bold plan to place the promotion of democracy at the heart of Canadian foreign policy.

17 years later, Ignatieff outlines how his time in politics and his wariness of the many failed attempts at democratization that ended in flames. He now proposes instead that Canada and other democracies “tend our own gardens.” What changed?

​In today’s Open Canada podcast episode, hear his recent keynote address to a conference by the Canadian International Council, the Jarislowsky Chair at Toronto Metropolitan University and McGill University, How Can We Reverse Democratic Backsliding? 

Podcast is funded by: Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

Government of Canada

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