Call for Papers


The Seven Year Itch: Canadian Foreign Policy Under the Harper Government, Looking Forward, Turning Back?

A lot has been written recently about the elemental changes the current government is taking in regards to transforming Canada’s approach to development, defence and diplomacy. The decision to fold CIDA into DFAIT, the establishment of an Office of Religious Freedom, the failure to secure a seat on the UN Security Council as well controversies surrounding the purchase of the F35 stand out as examples of these changes. In terms of environmental policy and international law, the recent move to quietly pull out of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, making Canada the only country in the world to do so, mirrors the government's 2011 decision to formally withdraw from the Kyoto protocol. At the same time the government has been persistent in its pursuit of free trade agreements, achieving success both bilaterally and regionally.

To what extent are these and other changes fundamental shifts in Canadian foreign policy? Are they more than just rebranding? What are the implications for Canada’s standing and its status as a Middle Power? Is multilateralism still the reference point for understanding Canada’s engagement in the world?

Canadian Foreign Policy Journal invites original submissions for a special issue on Canadian Foreign Policy under the Harper Government. We invite thematic essays, policy commentaries, comparative studies, historical reviews and international law perspectives on development and foreign aid, trade, security, foreign policy and diplomacy, multilateralism and defence policy. We also invite papers evaluating these changes with respect to foreign policy making processes, how new inputs have influenced policy making, the changing role of parliament and civil society in foreign policy, and the impact of domestic linkages in influencing Canada’s relations with the United States, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe, the UN and other multilateral organizations.

Papers should be approximately 7 – 8,000 words in length, Review Essays 5,000 words, and Policy Commentaries 1,500 words. Submissions will be subject to peer review and should be submitted by September 15 2013 to

Instructions to authors can be found here: 

Canadian Foreign Policy Journal is a fully peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal published three times a year by the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University. Now in its 20th year of publication, 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. Further information can be obtained by contacting the editorial team at

Sub-national Activities and their Influence on Foreign Policy: Understanding the Context of Canada -US Relations

Proposals Due: 30th May 2013

Authors' Workshop: October 2013, Ottawa


The theme of the special issue is sub-national influences on foreign policy. whether it is issues related to the environment, the far North, energy, trade, or security, sub-national processes, actors, and interests are becoming increasingly important influences in shaping and defining Canada-US relations. Whereas the Canada and US politics of the past was largely the purview of states, now the politics of globalization and power diffusion highlight equally important influences such as the foreign policy and lobbying activities of Quebec and Alberta in Washington, emerging relations between provinces and states, and municipalities, and the evolving roles of provinces and states in bilateral relations.

Sub‐national influences have become a new front line in strengthening Canada‐US relations, creating challenges and opportunities brought on by new trends and developments in how foreign policy is influenced and made. The challenges mostly take the shape of the range of different actors and their impact on foreign policy outcomes. The opportunities are driven by increasingly confident private, regional, local and provincial actors who shape these policies. Examples include the Keystone Pipeline, freshwater sharing, border security, Hydro Quebec, ideological organizations and the influence of NAFTA on sub‐national relations.

Submissions might answer one or more of these questions. How does sub national diplomacy differ from state diplomacy in the Canada‐ US context?

  • What bureaucratic changes are being made to include subnational processes and actors in foreign policy making?
  • What makes sub national foreign policy successful?
  • What is the appropriate theoretical context for understanding subnational foreign policy?
  • What are the relevant cases for understanding the future of sub national factors in Canada US relations?
  • Is there a regional and international legal, economic and political context for understanding subnational influences in North America?

To Submit a Paper

We are seeking comparative and policy perspectives from both junior and senior scholars. Case studies and policy analyses are welcome. Papers can be written from a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to the following: history, law, politic science, sociology, economics and geography. Proposals should be for a paper in the 5,000 to 7,000 word range. Interested applicants should send a short biography and a 250‐word proposal to by: May 30th.

Download the pdf document for more information

fulbright _subnational.pdf


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