Inside the Issues is back for its third season, with fresh and authoritative insight on global economic, security, development, and environmental challenges. The weekly podcast series is produced and presented by The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

The third season follows a successful sophomore season for Inside the Issues, which had 26 episodes and over 7,000 views. Available on the CIGI YouTube channel, CIGI’s iTunes video and audio feeds, and, the podcast series will continue to be hosted by David Welch, CIGI chair of global security and director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

The first Inside the Issues episode of the 2013-13 season features Bruce Riedel, senior fellow at Brookings Institution, discussing the growing tensions between Iran, Israel and the United States. The global security expert and former CIA analyst argues in favour of real discussion, without the political rhetoric, that addresses Iran’s nuclear ambitions and possible responses from the United States.

Host David Welch speaks to Walter (Jake) Soderlund in the second episode of Inside the Issues. Soderlund, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Windsor, discusses the links between media, foreign policy, and the responsibility to prevent within the context of the civil conflict in South Sudan.

Season three will be recorded in the CIGI broadcast studio, in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and will feature distinguished global governance and international relations experts from academic, government and policy making communities around the world.


Kevin Dias, Communications Specialist, CIGI
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