The Canadian Foreign Policy Journal is requesting submissions on the topic of ‘The Conflict in Ukraine and International Affairs’. Peer reviewed submissions will be published Volume 29, in 2023. The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2022.  

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 and has consistently published innovating work related to Canada’s place in the world and a variety of global issues.  

The conflict in Ukraine has, to say the least, shocked the international system. There is a turbulent history at the Russia-Ukraine border with military actions and conflict, including the occupation of Crimea in 2014 and Russia’s hybrid warfare in the Donbas region. Since Russian troops gathered at the Ukrainian border in late February of this year, there have been thousands of deaths and over twelve million displaced persons, who have fled elsewhere in Ukraine or to other countries.

Russia’s military offensive stands in stark contrast to several intergovernmental agreements, especially considering Russia’s status as a P5 member of the UN Security Council. The international community, however, is divided on the conflict in Ukraine; Mexico and Brazil have both refused to alter trade agreements or impose sanctions, while India and China abstained from a UN vote to condemn Russia. Using what has been described as “grey-zone strategies”, NATO and its allies have leveraged economic sanctions and provided volunteer troops as well as some small arms to support Ukraine. Canada has also opened a special pathway for Ukrainian entry into the country, granting them free temporary status and an extended stay.

What does the conflict in Ukraine mean for the international system? To what extent does the conflict impact the economic, geopolitical, diplomatic, or legal logic the international order is based upon by suggesting new alignments and ways to deal with offensive behaviour? To what extent does the conflict invite Canada to assess its roles as a good international citizen, NATO member, and global economic actor, considering Ukrainian refugees, the current Russia-NATO tensions, and economic sanctions? How does a rise in power and influence of authoritarian regimes impact multilateralism, intergovernmental organizations, and the so-called democratic global order? What does the conflict in Ukraine reveal about the role of non-state proxies, middle powers, and alliances in contemporary conflict dynamics and management? Does the conflict deliver any lessons on effective deterrence strategy? Ultimately, it is essential to reflect on what has transpired and is currently happening in Eastern Europe and its broader implications on international geopolitics. In answering these questions, the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal is seeking perspectives on the conflict in Ukraine and its relevance to international affairs.

We invite thematic essays, policy commentaries, comparative studies, historical reviews, economic, public health, and international law perspectives. Full articles should be between 6,000-7,000 words while policy commentaries should be between 1,500-2000 words.  

The 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 editors prioritize articles based on empirically grounded research using strong quantitative and/or qualitative social science research methods. When submitting, please indicate clearly if the article is under consideration by another publisher. Articles are read by the journal’s editors as well as by two to four outside reviewers. 

Submission Information:  

Full articles: 6000-7000 words; Policy Commentaries: short policy briefings engaging key topics in international policy, 1500- 2000 words; Book reviews: 1000 word maximum for single reviews, 2500 for multi-book review. 

To begin the submission process: 

For Author Guidelines

To submit a proposal for a guest-edited thematic issue: 

Please email inquiries to Federmán Rodríguez, Guest Editor, Faculty of International, Political and Urban Studies at Rosario University (; Dani Belo, Guest Editor, Department of History, Politics, and International Relations at Webster University (; or David Carment, Editor, Faculty of International Affairs at Norman Paterson School of International Affairs ( with the subject heading: “CFPJ – Call for submissions” or to

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