Canadian Foreign Intelligence History Workshop: Call for Proposals

The Canadian Foreign Intelligence History Project invites paper proposals for a one-day workshop on the history of Canadian foreign intelligence to be held at the University of Toronto on July 12, 2018.

Paper topics might include (but are not limited to):
        • The management structures governing foreign intelligence in Canada
        • The organizations involved in foreign intelligence collection and analysis in Canada
        • The foreign intelligence products and assessments produced by these organizations and their impact on Canadian foreign and defence policy decisions
        • The comparison of the Canadian foreign intelligence analytic structure and assessments with those of other countries, particularly Canada’s main intelligence allies

Please submit paper proposals (300 word maximum) and a CV to AND by March 1, 2018, and include “CFIHP” in the email subject line. Accepted papers will be pre-circulated so that all participants may read and comment on the papers at the workshop.

Graham Centre Books Lauded

Two Graham Centre publications have been included in the 2017 list of the hundred top political books sponsored by the weekly newspaper The Hill Times. Number six on the list is Elizabeth Riddell Dixon's Breaking the Ice: Canada, Sovereignty, and the Arctic Extended Continental Shelf. This volume was published in the Contemporary Canadian Issues Series, published by the Centre with Dundurn Press, and edited by John English and Jack Cunningham. Number fifty on the list is Patrice Dutil's Prime Ministerial Power in Canada: Its Origins under Macdonald, Laurier, and Borden. published by the University of British Columbia Press as part of the C.D. Howe Series in Canadian Political History. This series is sponsored by the C.D. Howe Memorial Foundation and the Graham Centre, and edited by Robert Bothwell and John English.

The list also includes Darryl Raymaker's Trudeau's Tango: Alberta Meets Pierre Elliott Trudeau; Mike's World: Lester B. Pearson and Canadian External Affairs, edited by Asa McKercher and Galen Roger Perras; Trudeau's World: Insiders Reflect on Foreign Policy, Trade, and Defence, 1968-84, by Robert Bothwell and J.L. Granatstein; William Kaplan's Why Dissent Matters: Because Some People See Things the Rest of Us Miss; and Patrick Boyer's Foreign Voices in the House: A Century of Addresses to Canada's Parliament by Foreign Leaders. All were launched by the Graham Centre as part of our Books That Matter series.

Call for Paper Proposals - Nuclear Histories of Canada

We invite paper proposals on Canadian nuclear history, broadly conceived.

The Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History will host a one-day workshop in late September 2018, focusing on the role of nuclear issues in Canadian history. We encourage submissions dealing with a wide range of topics which speak to Canada’s role in the nuclear age. Papers could address:

•   Canadian nuclear industries

•   Arms control and disarmament policy

•   Anti-nuclear activism in Canada

•   Defence relations with the United States

•   Weapons testing in Canada

•   Nuclear export policy

•   Defence development and production sharing

•   Nuclear energy

•   Scientific cooperation

•   Intelligence assessments and monitoring

Please send paper proposals (300 words maximum) and a CV to Susan Colbourn ( by January 15, 2018. Those selected will be informed by early March.

Margaret MacMillan becomes Director of Publications

Professor Margaet MacMillan will serve as the Centre's Director of Publications.


Professor Margaret MacMillan became the fifth Warden of St Antony’s College in July 2007. Prior to taking on the Wardenship, Professor MacMillan was Provost of Trinity College and professor of History at the University of Toronto. She was educated at the University of Toronto (Honours B.A. in History) and at St Hilda’s College, and St Antony’s College, Oxford University (BPhil in Politics and DPhil). From 1975 until 2002 she was a member of the History Department at Ryerson University in Toronto and she also served as Chair of the Department. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Senior Fellow of Massey College, University of Toronto, a Trustee of the Rhodes Trust, and sits on the boards of the Mosaic Institute, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, the Scholars Council of the Library of Congress, and the editorial boards of Global Affairs, International History, and First World War Studies.

Jack Cunnningham Assumes Role as Acting Director

Jack Cunningham will serve as the Acting Director of the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History.

Jack Cunningham holds a BA in English and an MA in History from the University of Calgary and a PhD in History from the University of Toronto. His dissertation dealt with Anglo-American nuclear relations in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Jack’s research and teaching interests include nuclear strategy, counterinsurgency warfare, and American, British, and Canadian foreign policy. He has been Program Coordinator of The Bill Graham Centre since 2011, and has contributed numerous book reviews to the International Journal. His current projects include a collection of conference papers comparing the Australian and Canadian experiences in Afghanistan.

Announcing the Contemporary International History Graduate Research Forum

As part of the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History’s efforts to bring together scholars interested in the study of contemporary international affairs, the Centre is coordinating a Contemporary International History Graduate Research Forum for the 2014-2015 academic year. The forum is designed to provide graduate students with an opportunity to present their original research, as well as to develop an interdisciplinary network. Each meeting will consist of a 20-minute presentation followed by comments and discussion.

Graduate students interested in presenting their work as part of the Contemporary International History Graduate Research Forum, please submit a paper title, abstract (approximately 150 words), and a brief biography to Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

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