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 focusing on “America first” and the new nationalism.

This issue, guest edited by Prof. James McCormick of Iowa State University and Ottawa-based international affairs analyst Gerald Schmitz, addresses how Canada’s global affairs have been affected by the Trump administration’s “America first” posture among nationalistic challenges to a liberal international order.

Articles by distinguished contributors, scholars and practitioners cover a range of issues. Rodger Payne examines the impact of the Trump agenda on the multilateral system and Western security community. Frédérick Gagnon and Christophe Cloutier-Roy investigate that agenda’s impact on Canada-U.S. relations from a regional perspective. Andrea Charron and James Fergusson look specifically at Canada-U.S. politics and the NORAD agreement.  Laura Macdonald delves into the NAFTA renegotiations and the effects on Canada-Mexico relations. Meredith Lilly analyses the implications of American and Chinese nationalism for future Canadian trade policy. Ben Rowswell, president of the Canadian International Council, explores how populist unilateralism confronts Canada’s role in the world.

“The purpose of this special issue is to deepen understanding of how U.S. President Donald Trump’s ‘America first’ agenda challenges Canada within the international system,” said Schmitz. “In an era of disruption, being up to that challenge demands creative thinking on how best to advance Canada’s international relations.”

Much of the initial work for this special issue was conducted by Fulbright Fellow McCormick who was resident at NPSIA in 2017 “The Canada-United States relationship remains crucial, and the challenges posed by the Trump administration require thoughtful analyses,” said McCormick.  .

Rounding out the issue are policy commentaries from noted experts. Nik Nanos looks at the impact of populist politics on Canada in light of the 2019 federal election. Michael Kergin, a former Canadian ambassador in Washington, examines the Trump effect on global politics, while Elizabeth Smythe offers another perspective on dealing with the Trump agenda.  David Black addresses issues of global development co-operation, and Andrew Cohen points to where Canada’s aspirational role in the world falls short.

CFPJ acknowledges the support from Global Affairs Canada, Fulbright Canada, the Whitaker-Lindgren Faculty Fellowship and Department of Political Science at Iowa State University that made this issue possible.

Established in 1992, CFPJ is now Canada’s leading journal of international affairs. CFPJ foregrounds quantitative and qualitative methodologies—especially empirically-based original studies that facilitate grounded and fresh analysis to serve theory, policy, and strategy development.

Readers can download select CFPJ articles free of charge on the journal’s affiliate website

CFPJ is published by the NPSIA at Carleton and this issue marks the end of its 26th year of publication. The publication can be viewed by following this link:

For information on how to submit articles for review, subscriptions and content email: or Managing Editor, Marshall Palmer at

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