Back to the Past? Canada and a Not-So-New World

Keynote address to the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS), Montréal, 14 November 2019 Let me begin by thanking Chris Kirkey and the Centre for the Study of Canada at the State University of New York, Plattsburgh, the sponsors of this ACSUS lunch, for asking me to speak to you today on Canada … More Back to the Past? Canada and a Not-So-New World

The Organic Nature of Trudeau’s Feminist Foreign Policy

When Justin Trudeau and his ministry was sworn in on 4 November 2015, considerable attention was paid to the gender equality of his first cabinet: fifteen men and fifteen women, the first gender-equal cabinet in Canada’s history. Trudeau’s pithy response when asked why he had taken this step — “because it’s 2015” — drew equal … More The Organic Nature of Trudeau’s Feminist Foreign Policy

Playing the Hostage Card: Meng Wanzhou & Michael Kovrig

On 1 December, as President Donald J. Trump and President Xi Jinping were meeting in Buenos Aires to discuss a mounting trade dispute between the United States and China, Sabrina Meng Wanzhou, deputy chairwoman and chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. of Shenzen, was on her way from Hong Kong to Mexico City. … More Playing the Hostage Card: Meng Wanzhou & Michael Kovrig

The Trump Cession and the Dismantling of American Hegemony

President Donald J. Trump has radically disrupted America’s place and role in global politics, accurately fulfilling the compelling characterization by The Economist of the 45th president as an “insurgent” inspired by a “demolition theory of foreign policy.” Some of the disruption has come from Trump’s bizarre and never-before-seen personal diplomacy. After all, we just don’t … More The Trump Cession and the Dismantling of American Hegemony

Canada and Huawei: Letting Politics Slip In

Canada has decided not to join Australia and the United States in barring Huawei Technologies Ltd of Shenzen from participating in the development of Canada’s 5G mobile networks. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau argued that his government’s decision on Huawei is based “on evidence and data”, and in particular on recommendations from the Communications Security … More Canada and Huawei: Letting Politics Slip In

Complexities of Foreign Policy Bipartisanship: Lessons From Canada

Foreign policy bipartisanship is a difficult but common theme in Westminster systems such as Australia’s; looking at the particular case of Canada reveals a complex set of outcomes, each with its own merits and disadvantages. Foreign policy bipartisanship is a deeply entrenched idea in the US. While in practice bipartisanship between Democrats and Republicans has become rarer … More Complexities of Foreign Policy Bipartisanship: Lessons From Canada

Canada and the “War without End” in Afghanistan

On August 21, President Donald J. Trump did something unusual: he reversed himself. For years he was of the view, as he put it in a tweet in November 2013, that “we have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in Afghanistan…Let’s get out!” But this summer, he decided not only to keep the … More Canada and the “War without End” in Afghanistan

Business Not At All As Usual: Putting the Trudeau Government’s Foreign and Defence Policy Statements into Perspective

In the past, there was a certain clockwork regularity to the process of reviewing Canadian foreign and defence policy: when a new prime minister came to power, aspects of Canada’s international policy would immediately be reviewed. Lester B. Pearson published a defence review in 1964 after the Liberals won the 1963 election. After he won … More Business Not At All As Usual: Putting the Trudeau Government’s Foreign and Defence Policy Statements into Perspective

Why Charlie Foxtrot?

There are actually two different questions in the title of this post. The first is: why is this book necessary? The origins of its argument about Canadian defence procurement can be traced all the way back to the late 1970s. Shortly after I was hired by McMaster University in 1976 to teach in the political science … More Why Charlie Foxtrot?