Canada’s re-engagement with Iran – May 14, 2017

Perspective with Alison Smith

Canada’s re-engagement with Iran – May 14, 2017

This week on Perspective with Alison Smith: Canada’s re-engagement with Iran

Alison speaks to Saeed Kamali Dehghan, journalist from the Guardian about next week’s presidential elections in Iran.

Nader Hashemi, Director, Centre for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver discusses the implications of the thawing of Iran-Canada relations.

Bijan Ahmadi, President of the Iranian Canadian Congress talks about the need to re-establish dialogue and diplomacy between Canada and Iran.

We also hear from voices on the ground in Iran about what the elections mean for the future of the country and Iranian-Canadian Human Rights Activist Maryam Nayeb Yazdi speaks about Iran’s deplorable human rights record.


Alison Smith

Alison Smith

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).