Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: Preparing the Canadian Foreign Policy Community to Meet the Challenges of the World in 2020

Development of an Ottawa-based Foreign Policy Network will help to bridge gaps, strengthen the foreign policy community in the national capital region, and include younger professionals in ongoing work.

This grant from IDRC will help the National Capital Branch of the Canadian International Council (CIC-NCB) create a formal network of people interested in foreign policy issues. Looking ahead to 2020 and shifts in power to emerging nations, the CIC-NCB plans to work with the development and security communities, various government departments and agencies with foreign affairs mandates, and interested private sector organizations to discuss these trends and what they mean for Canada.

Building on the experience of its predecessor, the Canadian Institute for International Affairs and taking advantage of its location in Canada's capital, CIC-NCB aims to close several gaps and build bridges within the Ottawa community. The efforts include inter-generational gatherings, research-to-policy discussions, and welcoming of security versus development perspectives. The grant also aims to help CIC-NCB improve its capacity to systematically learn from its activities.

Expected outcomes involve special efforts to engage students and younger professionals in research and discussions about Canada's role in a changing world, invitation-only seminars for senior public officials, a major conference, and a number of reports.

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Start Date

Thursday, March 1, 2012

End Date

Saturday, February 28, 2015


36 months

IDRC Officer

Weston, Ann

Total funding

CA$ 125,000


Middle East, North of Sahara, South of Sahara, North and Central America, South America, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, Canada


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Project Leader

John J. Noble


Canadian International Council

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