War in Europe, competition between China and the United States, and Canada’s diminishing special relationship with the U.S. are rearranging Canada’s place in the global order. The global balance of power is shifting. The rules and norms that underpin the international order are being contested.

Against this backdrop, the traditional Canadian pillars of relying on isolation and alliances – and claiming a role as a middle power or honest broker – are no longer sufficient. Canada must reconsider – and redefine – the national interest in a new, more multipolar world.

This series examines the future of Canadian foreign policy, including analyses of the country’s strengths and weaknesses, the regions where Canada should concentrate efforts, and the policy goals that best fit.

The series was produced in collaboration with the Institute for Peace & Diplomacy, which conducted a series of roundtables over the past year with these authors and a range of other scholars, policy experts and former diplomats. The discussions were aimed at exploring how the nature and scope of Canada’s national interests are changing. The institute will publish a report in the autumn of 2023 outlining the roundtables’ main findings.

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