Wednesday, March 6, 2013
David A. Welch and Tamara Troyakova
This week, podcast host and CIGI Chair of Global Security David Welch welcomes Professor Tamara Troyakova, Far Eastern Federal University, for a conversation on the growing role of Russia's far east. How is Russia engaging in the Asian Pacific region? Are territorial issues, such as the South Kuril Islands dispute, a priority? Tune in for the full conversation.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
U.S. domestic and foreign policy will largely be influenced by two factors in the current presidential term: the “Rising American Electorate” and an increasingly polarized American electorate. That was the view put forward by Thomas B. Edsall, Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Journalism at Columbia University, in his Signature Lecture at CIGI. Edsall is a seasoned observer of the U.S. body politic, having covered all aspects of it — including presidential elections, Congress, lobbying, demographic trends, social welfare, the politics of race and ethnicity, and organized labour — during his 25-year career at The Washington Post.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
David A. Welch and Sarah Eaton
What is state capitalism and can the inherently public and private aspects be reconciled? Sarah Eaton, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo joins David Welch, CIGI Chair of Global Security for a discussion on state capitalism in China.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
David A. Welch and Genia Kostka
Genia Kostka, Assistant Professor of Chinese Business Studies at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, visits Inside the Issues this week to share insights on the ground-up green politics taking place in China. Kostka notes that while the country may be reluctant to make international environmental commitments, positive change can be seen at the domestic level.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
In April 2012, Islamist insurgents seized control of the three largest cities in northern Mali — Kidal, Gao and Timbuktu — claiming independence from the state. Robert I. Rotberg, a visiting Fulbright Scholar at CIGI, stops by Inside the Issues to discuss the recent French intervention in the region and forthcoming rebuilding efforts.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
On Thursday February 7th, the Global Policy Forum met to hear U.S. Ambassador David Jacobson's insights on what Canadians can expect from President Barack Obama’s second term in office.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
CIGI Senior Fellow Bessma Momani visits Inside the Issues to discuss the shift of the "Arab Awakening" to an "Arab Disillusioning." Beginning with Tunisia, Momani shares her optimism about the structural changes taking place, noting that while economic malaise continues to add to internal pressures, there is hope for eventual progress. Moving across the region, the discussion offers insights on current circumstances and anticipated change in Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iran and Israel.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
In the first CIGI Signature Lecture of 2013, Rafe Sagarin, marine ecologist and environmental policy analyst at the University of Arizona, presented an innovative theory on how nature and lessons from the wild can be applied to national security policies and some of the world’s most difficult political challenges — from the Israeli-Palestine conflict to the US military’s rebuilding efforts in Iraq.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
David A. Welch and Membathisi Mdladlana
David Welch, CIGI Chair of Global Security and podcast host welcomes Membathisi Mdladlana the South African High Commissioner to Canada for a discussion on South Africa's evolving place in the world. Describing the nation as a "proud, stable democracy," Mdladlana expands on South Africa's role within the region and as a leader within the continent. The conversation moves on to consider the impact of former president Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela in unifying the nation and in setting an example for other African leaders. The role and contribution of South Africa as part of the BRICS is also discussed along with a review of the long-standing relationship between South Africa and Canada.
Friday, January 18, 2013
David A. Welch and Lucie Edwards
Lucie Edwards, a former Canadian High Commissioner and current Ph.D. candidate in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, visits Inside the Issues to consider how the interface between science and public policy is having an effect on climate change, food security and biodiversity.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
As governments continue to respond slowly to climate change, what new modes of thinking could better address this pressing global issue? What impact can businesses, organizations and individuals have at the local level? Simon Dalby, CIGI chair in the political economy of climate change, visits Inside the Issues to discuss the many facets of climate geopolitics.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
James Manicom, CIGI Research Fellow, Global Security visits Inside the Issues to discuss Canada's changing relationship with the Asia Pacific region. While the U.S. remains Canada's largest export market, there has been a shift towards the Asia Pacific for economic and trade diversification.