In the second issue of The Diplomacist Global Podcast, TD’s own Benson H. Cook guides our panel of student experts through a discussion of some of the issues facing the world of international affairs.
Up this week: With Hillary Clinton claiming unprecedented levels of support from conservative media and even Gary Johnson beating Trump in endorsements, do journal endorsements still matter?
The New York Times has released a leaked copy of Donald J. Trump’s 1995 tax return. Trump claimed a loss of more than $1 billion, which many top Democrats have said disqualifies him from the presidency. Is this true, or are Trump’s actions little more than legal proof of his prowess as a businessman?
Finally, we discuss the rejection by the Colombian people of their government’s peace deal with the FARC rebels. What caused this upset, and how do the people of Colombia move forward from here?
As always, leave feedback, topic suggestions, or counterpoints in the comments and we’ll do our best to respond to them!
Benson Cook is completing a degree in Political Science, History and Indigenous Studies at McGill University. He is particularly interested in the role of external factors, like natural resources and foreign state behaviour, in domestic politics. In addition to his work at the Diplomacist, Benson is also a contributor for CJAD 800 AM in Montréal.
Expert’s Desk Panel
Jessica Lyver is an Honours Economics and Accounting student at McGill University. She has been employed with the House of Commons for four years and is currently serving as the Vice-president of the Conservative Association at McGill.
Leila Mathy is a junior at McGill University, double majoring in Political Science and English Drama and Theatre. Leila is Belgian and was born and raised abroad, and has learned to appreciate global affairs, whether social or political. Outside of class, she enjoys her job as a writer for thethings.com and the McGill Tribune.
Patrick O’Donnell is a junior at McGill University, where he is pursuing a Joint Honours degree in Political Science and Philosophy with minor in Sociology. He is interested in the effects of asymmetric conflict on both regional dynamics and global relations, with a particular focus on the origins and effects of peaceful and violent resistance. A dual Dutch-Canadian citizen, he is a graduate of the United World College in New Mexico.