Kelly Gordell and Thomas Volgy are of winners of CFPJ Best Paper Prize.  

David Carment, editor of the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal (CFPJ), and Professor of International Affairs at Carleton University, is pleased to announce that Kelly Gordell and Thomas Volgy have won the 2022 CFPJ Best Paper Prize for their peer reviewed article, “Political shocks in foreign policy and international politics: an alternative approach,” appearing in Volume 28, Issue 2.  

Their article is available on the CFPJ website:  


Political shocks are used extensively in research on foreign policy and international politics yet the analysis of political shocks, as its own topic of study, remains underdeveloped, and especially so when compared to analyses of other key concepts in the field. What we do know about shocks primarily comes from work where the focus is typically on other phenomena driving the inquiry. In this effort we reconceptualize what is meant by political shocks, focusing on actual versus potential shocks, create a methodology for identifying actual political shocks, based on a punctuated equilibrium approach to foreign policy change, illustrate its utility with application to human rights violations by countries, and suggest at the conclusion a theoretical framework that may help to spur a more comprehensive approach to explaining political shocks effects for both interstate and intrastate politics. 

The prize is awarded annually for the best article published in CFPJ. Each refereed contribution is eligible for consideration. Members of CFPJ’s editorial and international advisory board judge the articles based on scholarship, contribution to knowledge and debate, writing style and audience accessibility.  

The award carries a $500 prize. Past winners include, Kari Roberts, Geoffrey Hale, Thomas Juneau, Greg Anderson, Stephen Brown, Emma Ashford, Erica Chenoweth and Laura Dugan, Christian Leuprecht, Michael Urban, Stéphane Roussel, Daryl Copeland, Kim Nossal, Susan Henders and Mary Young and David Gordon. 

About the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal 

CFPJ is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal published three times a year by the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University. Established in 1992, CFPJ is Canada’s leading journal of international affairs. The journal’s international advisory and editorial boards reflect diverse political, disciplinary and professional perspectives. Contributors are drawn from Canada and around the world. Essays are fully referenced, peer-reviewed, authoritative yet written for the specialist and non-specialist alike.  Its readers include government officials, academics, students of international affairs, journalists, NGOs and the private sector. Details regarding submitting articles commentaries and review essays to the Journal can be found here:

About the authors: 

Kelly M. Gordell is an adjunct in the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona. She earned her PhD in 2021 and has co-authored multiple articles and chapters on conflict and peace processes, region level dynamics, and policy considerations. Her research interests are on destabilizing events and the socio-economic consequences that follow. In particular, she has special interest in human security conditions, including food, health, and reproductive rights and how they are affected globally.   

Thomas J. Volgy is professor of political science in the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona. He has authored and co-authored over 80 articles in international relations and political science journals along with eight books, focused on regional conflicts and peace processes, status considerations in international politics, and on comparative foreign policies. He sits on numerous journal editorial boards, and also served for 20 years as executive director of the International Studies Association. He has also conducted workshops and training programs on public policy and democratization processes in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and South America. 

For more information: 
David Carment 
Editor, Canadian Foreign Policy Journal 
Professor, NPSIA, Carleton University 

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