iAffairs Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal (CFPJ), are pleased to present the 2021 Canadian Foreign Policy Review, compiled on behalf of its graduate student contributors at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA).

On an annual basis, NPSIA students enrolled in Dr. David Carment’s Canada and International Affairs graduate seminar complete a four-month evaluation of Canada’s foreign policy priorities. Each review document assesses a specific issue area, including defence, diplomacy, security, immigration, international development and trade, before making evidence-based policy recommendations.

The policy reviews are presented in full below.

Foreword by Dr. David Carment

The time is ripe for rethinking Canada’s place in the world. After years of struggling with the question Canada’s path forward remains undefined.

Growing tensions between China and the United States expose Canadian economic and security vulnerabilities, limiting opportunities for autonomous foreign policy decision-making. At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge established approaches to foreign policy making. The established liberal international order and its associated institutions remain in a state of flux despite Donald Trump’s departure from the Oval Office.

Each year graduate students in David Carment’s Canada and International Affairs class review the most pressing files on Canada’s foreign policy agenda. These ideas presented in the form of policy reviews provide the basis for establishing a solid strategic foundation upon which to build a coherent and constructive approach to engaging a world that offers unprecedented opportunities and challenges.

Supported in part by the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal and its affiliate iAffairs Canada, these reviews would not have been possible but for the hard work of all those students who contributed to their completion.

Table of Contents

The views and research of the authors are independent and not affiliated with the editorial stance of iAffairs Canada or the CFPJ.

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