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), along with guest editors, Stéphane Roussel of the École Nationale d’Administration and Greg Donaghy, head of the Historical Section, Global Affairs Canada, have released the newest issue of CFPJ, Canada and the Challenges of Globalization since 1968.

This issue brings together a handful of Canada’s foremost foreign policy and international relations experts and asks about the challenges posed by globalization over the last 50 years. How did Canadians and their policy-makers understand those challenges? And how well did Canada respond? The results are generally encouraging — Canada’s engagement with the globalized world since 1968 has been imperfect and improvised, but purposeful.

“Far from being swept along in a reactionary process beyond its control,” said Donaghy, “Canada often responded to the pressures of globalization in a liberal, measured and interest-based manner.”

Contributors to this issue include Adam Chapnick, who discusses Canada’s UN Security Council record in an era of reform, as well as political scientists Sara Greco and Stéfanie von Hlatky, on Canadian burden-sharing in NATO. Roussel, Justin Massie and Jonathan Paquin review Canadian white papers on foreign affairs and defence since the 1960s, capturing the official view of the changing global security context.

Several contributors underline globalization’s social dimensions. Peter Stoett explores the contradictory pressures shaping Canada’s response to global environmentalism and Laura Macdonald demonstrates how globalization encourages transnational linkages that promote civil engagement in foreign policy decision-making. Historians David Webster and Laura Madokoro explore Canada’s challenges regarding global migration and engaging the global south. Alberta trade expert Chris Kukucha offers a grim reckoning of Canadian foreign trade policy over the past quarter century.

Looking forward, former diplomats Lucie Edwards and Daryl Copeland, use the past to offer compelling lessons for the future of  Canada in the world.

CFPJ is published by NPSIA at Carleton and is now in its 26th year of publication.

Click here to read the new issue.

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