Carleton’s Canadian Foreign Policy Journal Examines Canada’s Culture and its Impact on Military

Carleton University’s David Carment, Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI) Fellow, professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) and editor of the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal (CFPJ), has released the newest issue of CFPJ examining Canadian culture and its impact on military operations.

Articles in this special issue, edited by Stefanie von Hlatky and Christian Breede of Queen’s University, examine how culture has been thought of as a variable in foreign policy studies, arguing that defence and security policy decisions and implementation often get “lost in translation.”

Questions of culture are rarely considered but they are important. According to the article, Breaking it Down Barney Style: A Framework for Cultural Interoperability by Thomas Crowson; “Culture can be used by military leaders if it is conveyed in the same way as that dreaded purple dinosaur from children’s television: clean and simple.”

Allan English’s piece, Cultural Dissonance: Ethical Considerations from Afghanistan, is available at CFPJ’s website His article examines the ethical dilemma faced by senior Canadian decision-makers when confronted with numerous reports of sexual assaults involving young boys by members of the Afghan forces during combat operations in Afghanistan from 2005 to 2011.

CFPJ is published by NPSIA and is now in its 23rd year of publication.

Click here to read the new issue.

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