Russia’s Threat: Putin’s Global Ambition – October 21, 2018

Perspective with Alison Smith

Russia’s Threat: Putin’s Global Ambition – October 21, 2018

This week on Perspective with Alison Smith: Russia’s Threat – Putin’s Global Ambition

Tom Nichols, professor at the U.S. Naval War College, speaks about the threat Russia poses to the West and how Russia employs hybrid warfare to disrupt the democratic institutions of liberal democracies.

Andrei Kolesnikov, senior fellow and chair of Carnegie Moscow Center’s Russian domestic politics program, discusses the domestic challenges Vladimir Putin faces and how this may influence his approach to foreign affairs.

Janis Garisons, Latvia’s state secretary for the Ministry of Defence, comments about the threat Russia poses to his country and the role that NATO forces play to counteract that influence.

Marcus Kolga, senior fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, discusses how Russia has mounted disinformation campaigns against Canada in the past and how it may do so again leading up to next year’s federal election.


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).