Carleton’s David Carment, IPD and CGAI Fellow, professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) and editor of the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal (CFPJ), is pleased to announce the release of Issue 1 of Volume 28 guest edited by Jacek Kugler and  Nicholas Stowell of Claremont Graduate University.  Their introductory article can be downloaded here.

The purpose of this special issue is to isolate the role that political performance, policy interventions, and economic development played in the reduction of COVID-19 mortality. The studies cover the period from January to November of 2020. During this period vaccines and effective drugs to minimize deaths were not available, allowing for a relatively impartial, global field study of the effects of interventions under relatively similar conditions.

Case studies covered in this special issue include the USA, Canada, Spain, and Brazil.

Each of these articles demonstrate that efficient political structures combine with policies which are responsive to the timing and spread of the COVID-19 pandemic to affect the initial containment of the virus. COVID-19 is unusual in that affluence appears to be positively associated with death rates from the disease in its first waves. Unlike the patterns detected in most previous bouts with infectious diseases like Ebola and HIV, per capita income surprisingly did not contribute to mitigating the spread or reducing mortality in the first waves of this pandemic.

About the 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 27th year of publication. The full publication can be viewed here.

For information on how to submit articles for review, subscriptions and content contact the Journal’s Editor, David Carment, at or Managing Editor Marshall Palmer

-Anthony Dionne iAffairs Canada

Photo Credit: Centre for Disease Control and Prevention

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