The Canadian Global Affairs Institute was created to address the ongoing discrepancy between what Canadians need to know about Canadian international activities and what they do know. Historically, Canadians tend to think of foreign policy – if they think of it at all – as a matter of trade and markets. They are largely unaware, however, of the importance of Canada engaging internationally in the ongoing struggle to maintain a world that is friendly to the free flow of goods, services, people and ideas across borders and the promotion of human rights. Canadians are largely unaware of the connection between a prosperous and free Canada and a world of globalization and liberal internationalism. As a trading nation, 38% of Canada’s GDP comes from international trade and 84% of exports are traded with the USA. When the world economy is constrained for whatever reason, Canada feels the pinch. It is, therefore, important for Canada to strive for a world that is safe, politically stable and prosperous.

The Canadian Global Affairs Institute believes that Canada is a nation with significant international potential. The world is changing quickly and not necessarily for the better; therefore, new thinking is required to face new challenges. The Canadian Global Affairs Institute is an independent organization drawing on the best talent from both academia and the “real” world to provide rigorous analysis of, and workable ideas for, Canada’s international involvement, including the following subject areas:

  • Aerospace
  • Arctic
  • Canadian Defence
  • Canadian Forces
  • Canadian Foreign Policy
  • Canada-U.S. Relations
  • Foreign Aid
  • Humanitarian Issues
  • International Law
  • Intelligence
  • Maritime Security
  • Middle East
  • NATO
  • Peacekeeping/making/building
  • Piracy
  • Quebec’s International Relations & Security
  • State-building
  • Terrorism
  • U.S. Defence Policy
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • WMDs


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