In their policy commentary published in the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal (CFPJ) in December 2023, Professors Dr. Adam Chapnick and Dr. Jeremy Wildeman consider Canada’s foreign policy and Canadian sovereignty amid the myriad fault lines appearing in international relations. As the unipolar moment of United States hegemony appears to give way to an increasingly multipolar world order, each makes a case for what is the best foreign policy strategy for Canada going forward.

Dr. Wildeman argues for a new approach where Canada continues to maintain strong and good relations with the United States, but where it acts more independently in search of its own interests while seeking to engage more broadly with other states, notably in a Global South that millions more Canadians now identify with personally.
Dr. Chapnick, meanwhile, argues for a renewed emphasis on Canada’s close, reliable, and familiar alliance with the United States, especially because of the new uncertainties in the global system. Both argue that their prescribed policy suggestions may best represent Canada, and reinforce its sovereignty and interests, in a period where each could be at risk.

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About the Authors

Jeremy Wildeman is a Fellow at the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa, and an Adjunct Professor at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.

Adam Chapnick is a Professor of Defence Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC). He is located in Toronto, where he also serves as the Deputy Director of Education at the Canadian Forces College.

About the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal (CFPJ)

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 Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University and this third issue marks the end of its 30th year of publication. The publication can be viewed by following this link:

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