The Canadian Foreign Policy Journal (CFPJ) is a fully peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal published by the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University, Canada. Readers include government officials, academics, students of international affairs, journalists, NGOs, and the private sector. Established in 1992, CFPJ is now Canada’s leading journal of international affairs.

The Canadian Foreign Policy Journal is requesting submissions for its upcoming edition on Canadian Foreign Policy and the War on Gaza, which will be published in November 2024. The deadline for submissions is April 26, 2024. Peer reviewed submissions will be published in Volume 30, No. 3, 2024.

The conflict between Israel and Hamas that has devastated Gaza has had major implications and ramifications for the international system and for Canada’s foreign policy.

According to experts, Israel’s attacks on Gaza, violate laws of war and constitute “crimes against humanity.” South Africa took Israel to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), accusing it of committing or planning to commit “genocide” against the Palestinians of Gaza.

Some argue that Western silence on or, in the case of the United States, active complicity in, the war on Gaza has done enormous damage to the West’s collective moral standing and credibility in the world.

As a multicultural, multiracial and multiethnic state, Canadian politics reflects the interests and concerns of numerous communities. However, opposition in Canada to Israel’s attacks reflect a desire on the part of the majority of the general public for Canada to support a ceasefire in the conflict.

There are multidimensional implications of the Gaza war for Canadian foreign policy. This special issue is seeking perspectives on:

  • The impact of the Western response to the war on Western moral credibility and “soft power” in the international system.
  • The integrity of the “rules-based international order” amid Canada’s shifting foreign policy priorities.
  • The decline of Canadian influence in the Global South generally and the Middle East specifically.
  • The significance of domestic political considerations in influencing Canada’s position on the Gaza conflict.
  • The fate and future of Canadian contributions to collective security instruments including the ICJ, the International Criminal Court, and the Responsibility to Protect Agendas.

We welcome thematic essays, policy commentaries, comparative studies, historical reviews, economic security and international law submissions. Full articles should be between 6,000-7,000 words while policy commentaries should be between 1,000-1500 words. CFPJ foregrounds quantitative and qualitative methodologies, especially empirically based original studies that facilitate balanced and fresh analysis to serve theory, policy, and strategy development. Articles submitted to the Journal should be original contributions and are subject to rigorous peer review. With occasional exceptions, the Journal prioritizes articles based on empirically grounded research.

To begin the submission process:

For Author Guidelines:

For more information contact David Carment, CFPJ Editor, and Shaun Narine, Guest Editor,

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