Editors’ Introduction

AuthorJack Cunningham,Brian Bow
Date01 December 2019
Publication Date01 December 2019
DOI10.1177/0020702019897476
SubjectEditors’ Introduction
Editors’ Introduction
We begin by noting a (partial) changing of the guard at International Journal.
At the end of 2019, Jack Cunningham will be stepping down as one of the two
editors-in-chief, to be replaced by Greg Donaghy, and Dan Gorman will be
replaced by Susan Colbourn as editor of the ‘‘Lessons of History’’ feature.
Jack Cunningham signed on in the fall of 2015, and has worked tirelessly to keep
things on track at IJ, juggling the position with several other, overlapping respon-
sibilities. The editorial team is grateful for Jack’s steady hand over the last four
years, particularly in guiding the journal through changes to the working relation-
ships with the CIC and SAGE. We are pleased to welcome Greg Donaghy as the
incoming editor-in-chief, to work in combination with Brian Bow. Greg is one of
Canada’s best-known and most widely respected historians, having served for
many years as head of the historical section of the Canadian foreign ministry.
He brings with him a deep knowledge of Canadian diplomatic history and broad
connections to relevant academic communities.
As ‘‘Lessons of History’’ editor, Dan Gorman brought in a number of interest-
ing and important pieces, and we are grateful for his contributions. We are pleased
to welcome Susan Colbourn—a recent PhD from University of Toronto—as the
new LOH editor, and look forward to seeing what she will put together.
This issue includes an eclectic mix of essays, many of which were shepherded
through the editorial process by Jack Cunningham. We begin with Michael Byers
and Nicole Covey’s article on Arctic search-and-rescue missions, which considers
the Canadian government’s challenges in increasing its capacity to operate in this
difficult environment, without contributing to a potential arms race in the region.
That is followed by Alex Wilner and Casey Babb’s piece on critical infrastructure
security in the energy sector, which provides a preliminary inventory and evalu-
ation of Canadian government efforts in this vital area. Next we have Kim-Lee
Tuxhorn’s essay on popular support for free trade agreements, which finds that
that support is strongly influenced by respondents’ views of the overall level of
education and prosperity in the potential partner country. That is followed by
Philip Giurlando’s research on France’s experience as a leading participant in
the Eurozone, and the resentments created vis-a
`-vis Germany. And finally we
have Cheng Xu’s article on peacebuilding, which questions the salience of conven-
tional International Relations theories in exploring these issues, and argues for a
post-paradigmatic, middle-range approach.
The Policy Brief for this issue was contributed by Pascale Massot, of the
University of Ottawa. Surveying the shifting geopolitical landscape, Massot
International Journal
2019, Vol. 74(4) 497–498
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