About Us

The Canadian Global Affairs Institute is a charitable, independent, non-partisan, research institute with an emphasis on Canadian foreign policy, defence policy, and international aid.

We provide Canadians with factual and comprehensive policy analysis to promote their understanding of Canada’s foreign affairs and aid policies and the state of our military preparedness by developing and sponsoring authoritative research and education programs. The Institute studies these areas through a full range of national and international applications with an emphasis on their economic, political and social impact on individual Canadians.

Vision for Canada:
Canada will have a respected, influential voice in the international arena based on a comprehensive foreign policy, which expresses our national interests, political and social values, military capabilities, economic strength and willingness to be engaged with action that is timely and credible.

Mission:
To be a catalyst for innovative Canadian global engagement.

Role:
Global Affairs exists to provide its target audience with international policy research and education programs that are informative, useful and thought provoking.

Values & Beliefs:

  • A nation’s international influence governs it ability to defend, and advance its national interests, be they cultural, economic, social, or political.
  • International status is determined by a combination of cultural influence, diplomatic leadership, economic power, military power and moral authority. As a nation small in population, Canada’s place in the world can only be maintained by a judicious balance of these five factors since the prospect of Canada acting as a dominant global power in any one of these areas is rather slim.
  • Canada’s quality of life and standard of living depends on international trade and the free flow of people and ideas across international boundaries. Canada has a vested interest in a peaceful, democratic world wherein human rights, individual freedoms and the rule of law are respected.
  • Canada’s global requirements ought to determine its spending on defence, security, foreign affairs and international aid.
  • Canada has the economic potential and political and social values to make a significant contribution to international peace and security.
  • If Canada were participating in international affairs at or near its potential, the world would be a more secure place and there would be less suffering as a consequence.
  • Understanding Canada’s place in the world and knowing its interests and the conjunction between Canadian interests, Canadian values and Canadian capacity is a prerequisite to acting responsibly as a nation.
  • Authoritative analysis and research is necessary to develop logical arguments and create innovative ideas that persuade Canadians to support an active global presence.
  • Based in Western Canada, Global Affairs represents innovation, perseverance, optimism, risk taking, individualism, a can do attitude and team work.

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