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Welcome to Diplomatic Dispatch, a new podcast series by Radio Canada International.

My goal is to bring you insights into Canada’s foreign, defence and development policy.

I’ll discuss Canada’s global role through interviews with policy makers, former and serving diplomats and soldiers, academics and think tank experts, humanitarian workers, civil society activists and entrepreneurs.

What is Canada’s foreign policy? How should Canada conduct its foreign policy? Who should conduct that policy? Should that policy change? And if yes, how? Who are Canada’s allies and who are its foes? And what do we do with them?

These are all questions that I’m hoping to ask and try to answer in this podcast series.

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Welcome to Diplomatic Dispatch, a new podcast series by Radio Canada International.

My goal is to bring you insights into Canada’s foreign, defence and development policy.

I’ll discuss Canada’s global role through interviews with policy makers, former and serving diplomats and soldiers, academics and think tank experts, humanitarian workers, civil society activists and entrepreneurs.

What is Canada’s foreign policy? How should Canada conduct its foreign policy? Who should conduct that policy? Should that policy change? And if yes, how? Who are Canada’s allies and who are its foes? And what do we do with them?

These are all questions that I’m hoping to ask and try to answer in this podcast series.

    Diplomatic Dispatch – Episode 9: The youth perspective

    Diplomatic Dispatch – Episode 9: The youth perspective

    Climate action has to become the cornerstone of not only Canada's domestic policy but also of Ottawa's foreign policy, says Dominique Souris, co-founder and executive director of Youth Climate Lab.



    "As far as I'm concerned, foreign policy is climate policy," Souris says. "We're talking about a global climate problem, a global climate emergency."



    She also calls on the federal government to incorporate traditional Indigenous knowledge in its policy and recognize the role Indigenous people play in safeguarding the planet's biodiversity.



    Duration: 12 minutes 18 seconds



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    Diplomatic Dispatch – Episode 8: A revolution in foreign policy thinking

    Diplomatic Dispatch – Episode 8: A revolution in foreign policy thinking

    Canada needs a “revolution” in its foreign policy thinking to deal with the tectonic geopolitical changes going on in the world, says Leonard Edwards, a former Canadian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.



    “The issue is how do we manage within an international frame where there is tension between the United States and China and where we will be caught in the middle on some issues?” Edwards told Diplomatic Dispatch during an interview in Ottawa at the sidelines of the Summit on Canada’s Global Leadership at the end of November.



    “And I think that the only way we are going to deal with that is if we stand aside, be more independent, speak more loudly, ensure that we have the security wherewithal to look after ourselves, develop alliances with other major countries – we are a major country in this world, there are number of countries that are feeling exactly the same pressures we are – and to work with them to mitigate the impact of this bilateral split that seems to be evolving.”



    Duration:  17 minutes 51 seconds



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    Diplomatic Dispatch – Episode 7: Rebuilding Canada’s global leadership

    Diplomatic Dispatch – Episode 7: Rebuilding Canada’s global leadership

    Canada has plenty of opportunities to show leadership on the international stage, says Peggy Mason, president of the Rideau Institute, an independent foreign policy and defence think tank.



    These include taking on a greater role – and not necessarily a military one – in UN peacekeeping operations, working on defending and strengthening international law, leading an international campaign to ban weapons in space and killer robots.



    But first, Ottawa needs to conduct a root-and-branch foreign policy review and reinvest massively in its diplomatic cadres, says Mason.



    Duration: 22 minutes 13 seconds



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    Diplomatic Dispatch – Episode 6: ‘Greening’ Canada’s foreign policy

    Diplomatic Dispatch – Episode 6: ‘Greening’ Canada’s foreign policy

    Canada needs to think very seriously about 'greening' its foreign and development policy, says Stephen Cornish, CEO of the David Suzuki Foundation, a leading Canadian environmental group.



    He spoke to Diplomatic Dispatch about the challenges facing Canada's foreign policy in the age of climate crisis at the Summit on Canada's Global Leadership in Ottawa on Nov. 28, 2019.



    Duration: 15 minutes 22 seconds



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    Diplomatic Dispatch – Episode 5: A Marshall Plan for the 21st century

    Diplomatic Dispatch – Episode 5: A Marshall Plan for the 21st century

    The event was organized by the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC), the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID), the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH) and the Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI).



    There I met with Robert Greenhill, executive chair of Global Canada and former president of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).



    Greenhill says the minority Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to take a page from its recent defence policy and commit to serious increases in its international development budget.



    "If you don't want a climate crisis become a catastrophe, we have to help developing countries leapfrog how they're doing energy," Greenhill says. "If we don't want to have the Zikas, the SARS, the Ebolas, as just being early examples of terrible pandemics in the future, we need to improve healthcare systems around the world.



    "If we don't want to have Western Europe that is massively destabilized because of millions of irregular immigrants and refugees, we all have a vested interest to help places like the Sahel and others be able to take control of their own destiny in a more successful way."



    Duration: 13 minutes 53 seconds



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    Diplomatic Dispatch – Episode 4: The Trump challenge

    Diplomatic Dispatch – Episode 4: The Trump challenge

    I met with Allan Rock at the Summit on Canada’s Global Leadership in late November of 2019. He is a former Liberal cabinet minister and also served as Canada's ambassador to the United Nations after leaving federal politics, as well as president and vice-chancellor of the University of Ottawa.



    He says the possible re-election of President Donald Trump for another term in 2020 would present the greatest challenge for Canadian foreign policy.



    "The decision that is going to have the biggest impact on Canada's foreign policy is not going to be made by Canadians, it's going to be made by Americans," Rock says. "If he [Trump] continues in power, after the election of November 2020, we're going to have to think very carefully how we're going to survive that.



    "And if he doesn't, we're going to have to think very carefully how we're going to rebuild and restore, and recover from these awful years."



    Duration: 15 minutes 9 seconds



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