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To celebrate the publication of Canada’s Department of External Affairs, Volume III, Innovation and Adaptation, 1968-1984, Global Affairs Canada, in conjunction with iaffairs Canada and the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, has assembled some of Canada’s leading foreign policy analysts to address a theme rooted in the 1970s but resonating today: globalization.
The election of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s Liberal government in April 1968 coincided with the rapid acceleration of contemporary globalization. Suddenly, Canada’s global role seemed much less obvious as Western Europe and Asia shook off the remnants of the Second World War and surged onto the international scene, demanding larger voices and bigger roles. The independent states emerging from the collapsed European empires in Asia and Africa flexed their muscle too, and also insisted on being heard, reducing the room for manoeuvre by aging middle powers like Canada.
Faster communications – cheap telephones and inexpensive jet travel – combined with the wave of trade liberalization unleashed by the Kennedy Round of tariff negotiations in 1967 heralded the new globalized order. At the same time, globalization quickly stretched the international agenda, adding new issues daily: human rights and women’s rights; energy, science, and the environment; global revolution and terrorism. Domestic government departments, provincial governments, and non-government organizations responded enthusiastically, sending waves of bureaucrats and ministers abroad to join an emerging global civil society.
This symposium, which marks the publication of the third volume of Canada’s Department of External Affairs: Innovation and Adaptation, 1968-1984, asks leading Canadian foreign policy analysts to reflect on Canada’s experiences with the globalized world that emerged after 1968. Specifically, it invites them to tackle the major challenges first encountered by Canada’s foreign ministry in the decade after 1968 and explore how Canadian policymakers have responded to them in the four tumultuous decades that followed.
- Adam Chapnick (Canadian Forces College): Canada and the UN Security Council
- Stéfanie von Hlatky and Sara Greco (Queen’s): Canada’s Global Security Agenda
- Chris Kukucha (Lethbridge): Canadian Foreign Economic Policy
- Laura Macdonald (Carleton): Building Transnational Linkages
- Laura Madokoro (McGill): Global Migration
- Peter Stoett (Ontario Institute of Technology): Canada and Global Environmental Governance
- Stéphane Roussel (ENAP), Justin Massie (UQAM), and Jonathan Paquin (Laval): The Distribution of Global Power
- David Webster (Bishop’s): Canada and the Global South
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