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Aaron Ettinger

International Relations; International Political Economy; US Foreign Policy; Canadian Foreign Policy; International Relations pedagogy

Degrees:PhD (Queen’s), MA (Queen’s), BA (Waterloo)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 1598
Office:D698 Loeb

Assistant Professor

Aaron Ettinger specializes in International Relations and US foreign policy. His research focuses on continuity and change in US foreign policy in the post-Cold War era and its implications for world order. Recent published work covers a range of issues including US and Canadian foreign policy, the private military industry, and International Relations pedagogy. His research appears in International Studies Review, International Studies Perspectives, Security Dialogue, Millennium, International Journal, Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, Politics, Comparative Strategy, and Cambridge Review of International Affairs.

In the classroom, his teaching programme embraces the “Global IR” agenda and its push for greater disciplinary inclusiveness and intellectual diversity. He teaches classes on a wide range of topis in world politics, including a popular first-year course on “world order in an age of crisis.” In 2021, he was awarded the Canadian Political Science Association Prize for Teaching Excellence.

Before joining the Department of Political Science at Carleton, he taught at the University of Waterloo, Dalhousie University, and Queen’s University.

Selected Recent Publications

2021. After Failure: American Foreign Policy at the End of the Post–Cold War Era. International Studies Review. 23 (1): 248-267.

2021. Rumors of Restoration: Joe Biden’s Foreign Policy and What it Means for Canada. Canadian Foreign Policy Journal: 1-18.

2020. Scattered and Unsystematic: The Taught Discipline in the Intellectual Life of IR. International Studies Perspectives. 21 (3): 338-361.

2020. Is There a Left-Wing Foreign Policy Emerging in the United States? International Journal. 75 (1): 24-48.

2020. Principled Realism and Populist Sovereignty in Trump’s Foreign Policy. Cambridge Review of International Affairs: 33 (3): 410-431.

2020. “Teaching and the Future of Canadian Foreign Policy: Rejuvenating the Discipline from the Classroom Out.” In Canadian Foreign Policy: Reflections on a Field in Transition, edited by Brian Bow and Andrea Lane. Vancouver: UBC Press.

2018. “Trump’s National Security Strategy: America First: Meets the Establishment” International Journal. 73 (2): 474-483.

Courses in 2021-2022

PSCI 1200    | World Politics
PSCI 2601    | International Relations: Global Politics
GPOL 3000 | Global and Comparative Politics
PSCI 4806    | Transatlantic Defence Issues

Recent Podcasts

More about our Podcast show “Academic Talks Current Affairs”

The Politics of the Game: Part 1

The Politics of the Game: Part 2

On Joe Biden and the Future of American Foreign Policy