Selling Canada the Good Neighbour

By Susan Colbourn, University of Toronto | In February 1983, the Canadian government ran a series of advertisements in the Washington Post, touting the unique relationship between Canada and the United States. Invoking a long history of cooperation and problem-solving, the ads tried to burnish Canada’s credentials as a trading partner and ally with taglines …

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Rethinking Religion’s Role in International Relations

By David Webster, Bishop's University | How much does religion matter in global affairs? A seemingly undiplomatic topic, religion can actually tell us quite a bit about diplomatic history. Take the case of Burma, which in 1953 decided to refuse any more development aid money from the United States. Prime Minister U Nu made the …

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Transparency, Access, and History in the 21st Century

[This post first appeared in the Canadian Historical Association’s Bulletin (now Intersections), 43:3, 2017, p. 17.] By Timothy Andrews Sayle, University of Toronto | The Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada hosted a three-day conference on “Transparency in the 21st Century” in March 2017 to explore and compare access to information regimes in Canada …

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People, Politics, and Purpose: A Symposium in Honour of John English

People, Politics, and Purpose: Biography and the Structure(s) of Canada since 1939 This one-day symposium honours the long and distinguished career of Professor John English, whose scholarly, political, and administrative work has shaped the study of history, biography, and international affairs in Canada. Long-time collaborators and former students of Professor English will speak about their …

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International Journal Volume 73, Issue 1 (March 2018)

The latest issue of International Journal: Canada's Journal of Global Policy Analysis has been published. For more information, click on the links below: Editors' Introduction Contents Scholarly Essays AWOL: Canada’s defence policy and presence in the Asia Pacific David Dewitt, Mary Young, Alex Brouse, Jinelle Piereder Seeing ASEAN as a platform for spreading liberalism Ki-Hyun …

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Telling Canada’s International Story: Reflections on the Scholarly Process

Adam Chapnick, Canadian Forces College | It’s been 20 years since I first entered what was then the National Archives of Canada to study Canadian international history. I didn’t realize it then, but reflecting back, it is now clear that I joined the community of historians of Canadian diplomacy at a time when archival research …

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