Canada-Asia: Geopolitical Relations

Thursday, 16 January 2020 - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
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Anna Bogic
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Presented by CIPS and the Asian Studies Network

Examining security and geopolitical issues in the Asia Pacific, Stewart Beck will explore the region’s most pressing geopolitical and geo-economic issues and outline the parameters within which policy-makers can act. He will argue that Canada must prioritize the advancement of its national interests in the Asia Pacific when developing a regional ‘grand strategy.’ Specifically, Canada must develop an approach to Asia that allows it to ensure its security, demonstrate its autonomy, continue its economic development, and grow its stature and prestige in key economies, sectors, and regional organizations. Mr. Beck will further explore the current Canada-China dynamic, middle power cohesion, and technology governance.

Stewart Beck is the President and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Prior to joining APF Canada, Mr. Beck served as the Canadian High Commissioner to the Republic of India with concurrent accreditation to the Kingdom of Bhutan and to Nepal. He joined Canada’s Department of External Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada) in 1982 and served abroad in the United States, Taiwan, and the People’s Republic of China. In Ottawa, he held a number of progressively more senior positions, including Director General of the North Asia Bureau, Director General Responsible for Senior Management and Rotational Assignments, and Assistant Deputy Minister for International Business Development, Investment, and Innovation. He was Consul General in Shanghai and prior to his posting to India, he was Consul General in San Francisco.

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