Drawing from his extensive experience in Asia, Ambassador Joseph Caron outlines some of the abiding realities that have shaped Asia's past and that will influence its future. His talk focuses on the great civilizations of China and India, as inspiration for concepts of Asia that remain current today. The lecture also reflects on contemporary challenges that China and India must address and Canadians must understand as we fast-forward into the next decades of the 21st century.

From September to May each year, the CIGI Speaker Series are presented on important international topics to raise public awareness and understanding on a variety of current global issues. This series features some of the most prominent and acclaimed figures in their respective areas of global governance.
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