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Canada and the Americas: Defining Re-engagement

13 & 14 March, 2008

Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

125 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Canada

As Canada prepares itself for re-engagement in the Americas, important issues and interests must be considered. The three pillars of economic prosperity, governance, and security provide focal points for the deliberative process, but many questions remain outstanding:

* What are Canada's interests with respect to each of these pillars?

* What are the prospects for re-engagement in each of these areas?

* What are the policy recommendations for advancing Canadian interests in the short, medium, and longer term in each of these areas?

To generate answers to these questions, the journal Canadian Foreign Policy, the Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL), and the Centre for Trade Policy and Law (Carleton University/University of Ottawa), with the support of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, are hosting a conference on 13-14 March, 2008, in Ottawa.

The conference will bring together Canadian and Latin American scholars and policy analysts to explore the future of the relationship and to provide policy-relevant recommendations for the future. Papers on key topics have been commissioned from leading hemispheric scholars for the conference. These will also be published in a Canadian Foreign Policy special issue on the Americas (Spring 2008). Please join us for this important and informative event.

Click here to see the agenda for the conference

Foreign Policy Under New Leadership

November 29-30, 2007

The Canadian Foreign Policy journal, with support from Carleton’s Centre for Security and Defence Studies and Centre for Trade Policy and Law and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (Waterloo), is organizing a conference on Canada's international policies, to be held at The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University on November 29-30, 2007.

The conference will feature papers by new scholars, defined as those who:

1. are in the final stages of completion of a Ph.D. dissertation;

2. have held a Ph.D. for seven years or less; or

3. have held a tenure-track appointment in a university for seven years or less.

New scholars are invited to submit proposals to present papers on Canadian international policy issues related to trade, economics, politics, security, defence, development, environment, immigration, and intelligence. Papers not specifically concerned with Canada's international policies, but which would be of particular interest to those in the field, will also be considered.


La politique étrangère sous un nouveau régim

29 - 30 NOVEMBRE 2007

La revue La Politique étrangère du Canada, aidée du Centre for Security and Defence Studies et du Centre de droit et de politique commerciale de Carleton et du Centre for International Governance Innovation de Waterloo, organise une conférence sur les politiques internationales du Canada qui aura lieu les 29 et 30 novembre 2007 à la Norman Paterson School of International Affairs de l’université Carleton.

Cette conférence proposera des communications émanant d’universitaires de la nouvelle génération, c’est-à-dire qui:

1. sont à la veille de déposer une thèse de doctorat;

2. détiennent un doctorat depuis sept ans au plus; ou

3. occupent, depuis sept ans au plus, une charge professorale ouvrant droit à titularisation.

Les intéressé(e)s qui répondent à une de ces conditions sont invité(e)s à proposer une communication savante sur une question de politique internationale canadienne concernant le commerce, l’économie, la politique, la sécurité, la défense, le développement, l’environnement, l’immigration ou les activités de renseignement. Les communications qui ne portent pas directement sur les politiques internationales du Canada, mais qui pourraient présenter un intérêt particulier pour les praticiens, seront également prises en considération.

Les propositions seront examinées par l’équipe de rédaction de la PÉC et des spécialistes reconnus dans le domaine.

Les auteurs des communications présentées à la conférence seront invités à les réviser pour les soumettre à un comité de lecture en vue de leur publication ultérieure dans La Politique étrangère du Canada, revue savante publiée par la Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.


Canada and the BRICs,

March 28-29, 2006

The Canadian government's 2005 International Policy Statement (IPS) contains a number of references to the importance for Canada of the countries termed the “BRICs” – Brazil, Russia, India and China. The growing international prominence of these states raises a number of questions.

To increase our understanding of the perspectives of these countries on issues of importance to Canada and to promote dialogue with a view to the development of Canadian policy options, Canadian Foreign Policy hosted a conference on “Canada and the BRICs.”  The conference was supported with funding from Foreign Affairs Canada.

The topics addressed at the workshop are all of current concern to this country as well as to many members of the international community. All have the potential for interstate conflict as well as cooperation:

  • energy security and supply; .
  • environmental policy, with a focus on water;
  • policies on support for, and involvement with, fragile states; and
  • policies on foreign direct investment, protected sectors and investor protection.

Discussions following each of panel presentations promoted debate on the implications of the views presented for Canada. In addition to the country experts from Canada and abroad, the conference was attended by government officials from different departments whose responsibilities include either the BRIC states or the topics of the panels. 

  Canada and the BRICs Conference Program (PDF Format, 174 KB)






2005 New Scholars Conference: Canadian Foreign Policy Under Review

The third New Scholars Conference of the Canadian Foreign Policy journal was held November 3-4, 2005, with cooperation from The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Waterloo. We thank CIGI for their support of this initiative.

The New Scholars Conference is held on

a biennial basis with the goal of promoting research and the publication of articles on Canadian foreign policy issues. Conference participants are selected on the basis of submitted proposals, which are evaluated by an interdisciplinary

conference steering committee. Participants are invited and encouraged to submit their papers

to be reviewed for subsequent publication in Canadian Foreign Policy.


Seventeen emerging scholars from universities in

Canada and the United States attended the 2005 conference to present and debate topics under the theme of "Canadian Foreign Policy Under Review". The selected participants represented a range of disciplines, among them history, economics, public policy, international development, and defence. Panel chairs and discussants, recognized for their expertise in the subject matter, were invited from a variety of institutions to provide feedback and insights to the paper presenters.

In light of the International Policy Statement, released by the Canadian government earlier this year, the participants examined the current and future role of Canada in the world. The panels focussed on the following topics: 


  • Canada and International
    Multilateral Institutions;
  • Canada in North America;
  • Canadian Development and Humanitarian Intervention Policy;
  • Beyond the State: New Influences
    in the Canadian Foreign Policy System;
  • The Public Face of Canadian
    Foreign Policy.


We would like to recognize the participation of the new scholars who attended this year. Their presentations and active engagement in discussions ensured the success of the conference.

2005 New Scholars Conference Participants

  • Samantha Arnold, University of Winnipeg
  • J. Marshall Beier, McMaster University
  • Christopher Berzins, Canadian High Commission in London, UK
  • Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, University of Victoria
  • Sean Burges, Carleton University
  • Michael Butler, East Carolina University
  • Adam Chapnick, Carleton University
  • John Devlin, Saint Mary's University
  • Patricia Goff, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Bessma Momani, University of Waterloo
  • David O'Brien, University of Saskatchewan
  • Thomas J. Scotto, West Virginia University
  • Jason Reifler, Loyola University
  • David Webster, University of Western Ontario
  • Lana Wylie, McMaster University
  • Whitney Lackenbauer, University of Waterloo