CPAC’s foreign affairs show, Perspective with Alison Smith, examines events from around the world that matter to Canadians.
This week’s show examines the topic of peacekeeping and Canada-Russia Relations. Alison talks to Walter Dorn (Professor, Royal Military College of Canada & Canadian Forces College) and David Black (Professsor of Political Science, Dalhousie University) on the Canada’s future commitment to a new UN Peacekeeping mission in Africa and how Canada can best have an impact in the region. On Canada-Russia Relations, Alison talks to Alexander Darchiev (Russia’s ambassador to Canada), Michael Byers (Professsor of International Politics, University of British Columbia), Piotr Dutkiewicz (Professsor of Political Science, Carleton University), Jeremy Kinsman (Canada’s Ambassador in Moscow, 1992 to 1996), Gabrielle Tetrault Faber (Moscow correspondent, Agence France Presse) and Christian Boyrs (Journalist covering the Ukraine). (November 27, 2016)
Alison Smith is one of Canada’s best known and respected broadcast journalists. As an anchor and reporter for more than three decades, she was a senior award-winning member of the CBC News team. She has reported from every Canadian province and territory and across the globe.
She has hosted a wide range of network TV and radio news programs including The National, CBC News Morning and CBC Radio’s The World at Six. As a live news anchor, reporter and foreign correspondent, some of the stories she has covered include the September 11th attacks, the death of Princess Diana, elections in Israel, South Africa and Mexico and as Washington correspondent, she covered the historic election of US President Barack Obama.
She is a multiple Gemini nominee and has won international recognition for her work including a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media, a Friendship Award from South African Women for Women, and was named a Woman of Achievement by Hadassah-WIZO Canada. She was educated at the University of British Columbia and Ryerson University. She is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Okanagan University College (now UBC Okanagan).