Behind the Headlines


First published in 1940 as a pamphlet series focused on contemporary Canadian foreign policy, Behind the Headlines evolved first into a quarterly current affairs magazine, and then into its current form as a policy paper series. The various iterations of Behind the Headlines shared a focus on international affairs and Canada’s place in the world, as well as an overriding goal of producing material accessible to a wide audience from academics and policy professionals to journalists and informed citizens. The views expressed in Behind the Headlines are those of the authors.


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Volume 66

Canada’s Role in Uniting Democracies

October 2019    |    By: Ben Rowswell   |    Vol. 67 No. 1

In his opening keynote address for the Kingston Conference on International Security, CIC President Ben Rowswell examines his predecessor John Holmes’ description of Canada’s role as a “middle power” in the context of the early days of the Cold War. He then proposes a new role for Canada consistent with that tradition but adapted to the context of the geopolitical conflict emerging as we enter the 2020s.