School of Journalism and Communication instructor Mike Blanchfield, a graduate of both the School’s undergraduate (BJ/87) and graduate (MJ/15) journalism programs, has launched a book about Canadian foreign policy based on his Master’s thesis.

The book, Swingback: Getting Along in the World With Harper and Trudeau, was officially launched at a reception Wednesday in downtown Ottawa. The McGill-Queen’s University Press publication explores how the Stephen Harper-led Conservative governments between 2006 and 2015 pursued a foreign policy that steered Canada away from many of its traditional approaches and policies — on multilateralism, on the United Nations, on the Middle East — before the 2015 election of the Justin Trudeau-led Liberal government began a pendulum “swingback” to more familiar Canadian positions on the world stage.

Blanchfield, a senior Parliamentary reporter with the Canadian Press, has covered international affairs and a wide range of other subjects during a 30-year career as a reporter with the Ottawa Citizen and CP. He recently discussed his new book during an interview aired on CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning.

Carleton professor Fen Hampson, a foreign policy expert with the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, has described Swingback as “a benchmark for future work by historians and students of Canadian politics.”


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