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Three Questions with Munk School of Global Affair’s Professor Janice Gross Stein

Fewer people have a better understanding of what’s really happening around the world than Professor Janice Gross Stein. She is currently the Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management and Negotiation and the founding director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.

Whether it’s economics, geopolitics, or international security and terrorism, Professor Stein is known for connecting the dots between key events and providing a clear view of where things are headed, and where the potential dangers and opportunities lie.

We stepped into her world to ask three quick questions on what global events we should be watching in the coming year, and to learn a bit more about Professor Stein herself.

1. What’s the biggest global event people are talking about in 2019 and how does it affect Canadians?

A newly assertive China that is competing in the global economy with the United States. China has made a big bet on platform technologies and artificial intelligence. Canada is caught right smack in the middle.

2. What or who should people be watching in 2019?

Watch the elections for the European Parliament to get a temperature reading on the endurance of right-wing populism in Europe’s politics. And, of course, the never-ending Brexit.

3. If you could have dinner with any one person, dead or alive, who would it be?

Winston Churchill. So difficult, such a curmudgeon, so convinced that he was right about everything when he was wrong about everything — except for Adolf Hitler. But getting that one thing right set him astride history.

Professor Janice Gross Stein’s dynamic presentations provide a unique perspective into what’s really happening around the world — from China to Russia to the Middle East and Europe — and what it means to her audiences.

Both realistic and hopeful, she leaves every audience with a better understanding of current global issues, and a clear, compelling vision of the future.

Email us at info@speakers.ca to learning more about Professor Stein and what she can bring to your next event.