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Editors’ Introduction to International Journal Vol. 69, No. 1 (March 2014)

We began work on an issue that would offer global perspectives on the always vexed controversies over nuclear weapons months before the 24 November 2013 “interim agreement” between Iran and the P5+1 powers. The recent development on Iran—and, in particular, the hopes and fears it has highlighted in global public and political discourse—adds a certain urgency to the views expressed in the issue, which will appear in March 2014.

Some will see in the range of these views great cause for alarm; others will find a degree of comfort. Youngwon Cho and Mun Suk Ahn with Young Chul Cho examine the case for nuclear weapons in North and South Korea, respectively. Manpreet Sethi maps the twists and turns of Canada’s nuclear relationship with India and analyses the prospects and challenges ahead now that the two countries have re-established peaceful nuclear cooperation. Ali Fathollah-Nejad investigates the effect of Western sanctions designed to constrain Iran’s nuclear ambitions and focuses on the gap between the ever-hopeful discourse of their proponents and the often counterproductive results for Iran’s foreign policy, society, and economy. Jacques Hymans closes our consideration of nuclear proliferation—and non-proliferation—with a more sanguine view based on the latest political science literature on the subject. He concludes that while the threat of proliferation remains serious, there is no need to panic.

The issue also contains two articles that place Canadian experiences in a broader global context. Keith Banting compares Canadian and European views of multiculturalism to elucidate the Canadian mystification about what all the European fuss is about. Robin Gendron’s “Lessons of History” essay puts Charles de Gaulle’s notorious 1967 endorsement of “le Québec libre” into the larger context of French actions during that decade to cast doubt on the interpretation that Quebec was a symptom of a broader turn to “la décolonisation” as general policy. Francine McKenzie provides a review essay that revisits Denis Stairs’ seminal 1974 publication The Diplomacy of Constraint: Canada, the Korean War, and the United States. Reviews of five books of broad interest round out this issue of International Journal.

Mairi MacDonald, University of Toronto
Adam Chapnick, Canadian Forces College and Royal Military College of Canada

About IJ

International Journal (IJ) is Canada’s pre-eminent journal of global policy analysis. It combines brief, policy-relevant articles with longer, peer-reviewed, scholarly assessments of interest to foreign policy-makers, analysts and academics in Canada and around the world. IJ is cross-disciplinary, combining the insights of history, political science, and economics with anthropology and other social sciences to advance research and dialogue on issues of global significance.

Established in 1946, IJ is the scholarly publication of the Canadian International Council (CIC) and the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History (CCIH). The CIC is a non-partisan, nationwide council established to strengthen Canada’s role in international affairs. The CCIH is a joint undertaking of Trinity College and the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. It promotes the study of recent international events from a historical standpoint, and pursues programs of research, teaching, publication and other activities to that end.

In 2013 the CIC and CCIH were pleased to partner with SAGE Publications to publish International Journal. Read more about the new partnership here.


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Adam Chapnick, Co-Editor

Adam Chapnick is the deputy director of education at the Canadian Forces College and an associate professor of defence studies at the Royal Military College of Canada. He joined the Canadian Forces College in 2006 and currently teaches courses in Canadian governance and strategic decision-making and Canadian foreign policy.

Among his five written or edited books, Canada’s Voice: The Public Life of John Wendell Holmes (2009) and The Middle Power Project: Canada and the Founding of the United Nations (2005) were shortlisted for the annual Dafoe Prize.

He is also a regular commentator in the national media. His opinion editorials have been published in the National Post, the Toronto Star, the Ottawa Citizen, the Calgary Herald, and the Embassy. He has appeared as a foreign policy expert on Canada AM and CBC radio.

He holds a PhD in history from the University of Toronto.


Mairi MacDonald, Co-Editor

Mairi MacDonald is the director of the International Relations Program in Trinity College at the University of Toronto. Since joining Trinity in 2011, she has taught courses concerning the decolonization of Africa, international development, and legal ethics.

Before receiving her PhD from the University of Toronto in 2009, she practised law for a number of years, specializing in the policy and law of telecommunications and broadcasting in Canada, Europe, and several African countries, and was involved as instructing counsel in the creation of Canada’s current legislative framework in this area. She has published a number of articles drawn from her award-winning doctoral research concerning Guinea’s accession to and experience of independence. Her current research focuses on the implications of the fact that the Scramble for Africa was framed as a matter of international humanitarian law.



Submissions to the journal are welcomed in the following categories:

Policy briefs: contemporary global policy assessments of approximately 3,000 words that aim to shape public debate. Footnotes should be limited to 15.

Scholarly essays: extended analyses of 5,000 to 8,000 words that explore topics in global policy and international relations with significant rigour and scholarly depth. These articles may include up to 60 footnotes.

Book reviews: reviews of approximately 1,000 words, as well as review essays of approximately 3,000 words. Please contact the Book Reviews Editor, Mathilde von Bülow, at

The editors also welcome proposals for thematic issues. Please contact the editors at



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