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Carleton University’s David Carment, Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI) Fellow, professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) and editor of the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal (CFPJ), has released the newest issue of CFPJ focusing on the past and present of Canada’s place in the world.

This issue of CFPJ examines topics of representation and narrative, the evolution of policy in trade and disaster relief and how the Canadian government should decide on the question of war. Difficult matters of morality and ideology in foreign policy are considered. Articles also address how Canada can both diversify its international partners while maintaining a functioning relationship with the United States. New research sheds light on the perception and self-perception of Canadian citizens in Hong Kong, and what this means for Canada-Chinese relations.

There are seven articles in all. Paul Gecelovsky traces the evolution of narratives in Canadian foreign policy, from the ‘humane internationalism’ of the post-1945 period to the ‘personal responsibility internationalism’ of the Harper years. Jamie Gillies and Shaun Narine argue Canada has lost—and should restore—its commitment to global multilateralism. In an article assessing Canada’s efforts to manage its economic relationships, Geoffrey Hale argues Canada must develop domestic policy discipline, grow its capacity to manage non-North American relationships, and develop incentive structures for co-operation in specific fields. Examining Canada’s free trade agreements, Gilbert Gagné explains how cultural exemption policies have evolved. Turning to a major international issue, Susan Henders considers how dual Canadian-Hong Kong citizens/nationals represent ‘Canadianness’ and identify ‘foreignness,’ and what diplomatic implications these perceptions have. Rosalind Warner examines how Canada’s international disaster assistance policies are being affected by a global shift away from relief-based disaster response to resilience-based models. And Preston Lim provocatively argues that Canada’s ‘war prerogative’ should be placed on a statutory footing, requiring parliamentary approval.

In addition to these articles, CFPJ includes a special commentary from Alistair Hensler, a former government official and now independent scholar. Hensler revisits an argument he made in the CFPJ 25 years ago, where he called for the creation of a Canadian Foreign Intelligence Service. A quarter-century on, Hensler remains fully convinced of the need for such a service.

Established in 1992, CFPJ is now Canada’s leading journal of international affairs. CFPJ foregrounds quantitative and qualitative methodologies—especially empirically-based original studies that facilitate grounded and fresh analysis to serve theory, policy, and strategy development.

CFPJ is published by the NPSIA at Carleton and this issue marks the end of its 26th year of publication. The publication can be viewed by following this link:

For information on how to submit articles for review, subscriptions and content email: Managing Editor, Marshall Palmer at

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