Canadian Foreign Policy
272 pages, 6 x 9
5 charts, 4 tables
Release Date:01 Nov 2020

Canadian Foreign Policy

Reflections on a Field in Transition

Edited by Brian Bow and Andrea Lane
UBC Press

Canadian Foreign Policy, as an academic discipline, is in crisis. Despite its value, CFP is often seen as a “stale and pale” subfield of political science with an unfashionably state-centred focus. Canadian Foreign Policy asks why.

Academics from both inside and around the field were asked “Where do our ideas about CFP come from?” This starting point led to a nuanced exploration of the ways in which scholars come to think of themselves as participating in CFP as an academic project – or not – and what that has meant both for their intellectual trajectory and for the development of the field. How were they taught to think about Canada? What impact has that had on their interpretation of this country’s place in the world? And, perhaps most significantly, how do they teach the subject in their classrooms? Their inquiry shines a light on issues such as the casualization of academic labour, the prospect of Indigenizing the field, and the relationship between study and practice.

Canadian Foreign Policy is not only a much-needed assessment of the boundaries, goals, and values of the discipline but also a guide to its revitalization.

This book will draw the attention of Canadian foreign policy academic researchers, scholars and students, government practitioners, and the interested public alike.

The scholars writing in this book offer useful and insightful reflections on Canadian foreign policy, especially regarding the lack of diversity of the field. Canadian Foreign Policy is an extremely important work. Christopher J. Kukucha

Brian Bow is a professor of political science and director of the Centre for the Study of Security and Development at Dalhousie University. He is the author of The Politics of Linkage: Power, Interdependence, and Ideas in Canada-US Relations, which was awarded the Donner Prize for 2009.

Andrea Lane is a PhD candidate in political science at Dalhousie University. She has been a lecturer at the Canadian Forces College and deputy director of the Centre for the Study of Security and Development. Her work has been published in International Journal and the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, and also appears in Justin Trudeau and Canadian Foreign Policy (edited by Norman Hillmer and Philippe Lagassé) and Canadian Defence Policy in Theory and Practice (edited by Thomas Juneau, Philippe Lagassé, and Srdjan Vucetic).

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