Weapons of War: The Growing Global Military Budget – May 5, 2019

Perspective with Alison Smith

Weapons of War: The Growing Global Military Budget – May 5, 2019

This week on Perspective with Alison Smith: Weapons of War – The Growing Global Military Budget

Pieter Wezeman, a senior researcher with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, discusses the organization’s recent report on the increase in global military spending.

Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow and director of research at the Brookings Institution, shares his thoughts on what the numbers mean for international rivalries and relationships.

Vasily Kashin, senior fellow at the Institute of Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, comments on the deepening relationship between China and Russia and what it might mean for the West.

Students offer their views on global military spending.


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).