International Journal (IJ) is Canada’s pre-eminent journal of global policy analysis. It combines brief, policy-relevant articles with longer, peer-reviewed, scholarly assessments of interest to foreign policy-makers, analysts and academics in Canada and around the world. IJ is cross-disciplinary, combining the insights of political science and history with economics and other disciplines to advance research and dialogue on issues of global significance.

Established in 1946, IJ is the flagship scholarly publication of the Canadian International Council (CIC) and the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History (CCIH). The CIC is a non-partisan, nationwide council established to strengthen Canada’s role in international affairs. The CCIH is a joint undertaking of Trinity College and the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. It promotes the study of recent international events from a historical standpoint, and pursues programs of research, teaching, publication and other activities to that end.


Current Issue: September 2016, 71(3)
Table of Contents 

Brian Bow and Jack Cunningham
Editors’ Introduction

Scholarly Essays

Asa McKercher and Leah Sarson
Dollars and sense? The Harper government, economic diplomacy, and Canadian foreign policy

Aaron Ettinger and Jeffrey Rice
Hell is other people’s schedules: Canada’s limited-term military commitments, 2001–2015

Paul Meyer
Pierre Trudeau and the “suffocation” of the nuclear arms race

Kirk Niergarth and J.L. Black
Revisiting the Canadian–Soviet barter proposal of 1932–1933: The Soviet perspective

Tom Pierre Najem, Walter C. Soderlund, E. Donald Briggs, and Sarah Cipkar
Was R2P a viable option for Syria? Opinion content in the Globe and Mail and the National Post, 2011–2013

Bill Park
Regional turmoil, the rise of Islamic State, and Turkey’s multiple Kurdish dilemmas

Cynthia Banham
Canada’s responses to the torture of citizens: Rights aberration or rights aspiration?


Lessons of History

Stephanie Bangarth
“Vocal but not particularly strong”? Air Canada’s ill-fated vacation package to Rhodesia and South Africa and the anti-apartheid movement in Canada


Book Reviews

Kit Kirkland
Unsettled Balance: Ethics, Security, and Canada’s International Relations by Rosalind Warner, ed.

David Bosco
Book reviews

Dubi Kanengisser
The Paradox of Liberation: Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions by Michael Walzer

Roel van der Velde
Apartheid, 1948–1994 by Saul Dubow; Inside South Africa’s Foreign Policy: Diplomacy in Africa from Smuts to Mbeki by John Siko

James G. Mellon
God in the Tumult of the Global Square: Religion in Civil Society by Mark Juergensmeyer, Dinah Griego, and John Soboslai

K.E. Barber
Theorizing Anti-Racism: Linkages in Marxist and Critical Race Theories Toronto by Abigail Bakan and Enakshi Dua eds.



Production Team

Brian Bow, Editor-in-Chief
Jack Cunningham, Editor-in-Chief
Jennifer Chylinski, Managerial Assistant
Kate Merriman, Copy Editor
Brendan Kelly, Book Reviews Editor
David Webster, ‘Lessons from History’ Editor



Editorial Board

Jean-Christophe Boucher, MacEwan University, Canada
Adam Chapnick, Canadian Forces College, Canada
Melissa Conley Tyler, Australian Institute of International Affairs, Australia
Laura Dawson, Woodrow Wilson International Center, US
John English, University of Toronto, Canada
John Hancock, World Trade Organization, Switzerland
Patrick James, University of Southern California, US
Jennifer Jeffs, Canadian International Council
Brian Job, University of British Columbia, Canada
Veronica Kitchen, University of Waterloo, Canada
Jason Lyall, Yale University
Margaret MacMillan, University of Oxford, UK
David M. Malone, United Nations University, Japan
Kim Richard Nossal, Queen’s University, Canada
Taylor Owen, University of British Columbia, Canada
Vincent Pouliot, McGill University, Canada
Stéphane Roussel, Université du Québec a Montréal, Canada
Elinor Sloan, Carleton University, Canada
Steve Saideman, Carleton University, Canada
Denis Stairs, Dalhousie University, Canada
Stefanie Von Hlatky, Queen’s University, Canada
Debora VanNijnatten, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
Jennifer Welsh, European University Institute, Italy

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