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Stephen Azzi

Program Director and Associate Professor

Degrees:Ph.D. (University of Waterloo)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 3115
Office:2435R RB

Stephen Azzi is one of the original core faculty members of the Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management. Previously, he worked as aide to four members of Parliament. In the Department of National Defence, he served as speechwriter for the minister, as policy analyst on Canada’s international policy review, and as intelligence officer responsible for analyzing Islamist terrorism in Asia. From 2005 to 2011, he was associate professor at Laurentian University, where he taught US history and foreign policy. At Carleton, he has taught in the Political Management program, the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, the School of Canadian Studies, the Department of History, and the Department of Political Science.

Professor Azzi’s research specialties are prime ministerial leadership in Canada, Canada–US relations, and Canadian economic and cultural nationalism.

Select Publications


Reconcilable Differences: A History of Canada–US Relations. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2015. 312 pp.

Walter Gordon and the Rise of Canadian Nationalism. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1999. 328 pp.

Articles and Book Chapters

“The Problem Child: Diefenbaker and Canada in the Language of the Kennedy Administration.” Chapter 5 in Reassessing the Rogue Tory: Canadian Foreign Relations in the Diefenbaker Era, edited by Janice Cavell and Ryan M. Touhey. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2018. Pp. 103–120.

“Political Time in a Westminster Democracy: The Canadian Case.” American Review of Canadian Studies 47, no. 2 (June 2017): 19-34

“Lester Pearson and the Substance of the Sixties.” Chapter 5 in Mike’s World: Lester B. Pearson and Canadian External Affairs, edited by Asa McKercher and Galen Perras. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2017. Pp. 107-129.

“Intolerant Allies: Canada and the George W. bush Administration, 2001-2005.” Diplomacy and Statecraft 27, no. 4 (December 2016): 726-745. (with Norman Hillmer)

“Foreign Investment and the Paradox of Economic Nationalism.” In Modern Canada, 1945 to Present, edited by Catherine Briggs. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2014. Pp. 244-257.

“Evaluating Prime Ministerial Leadership in Canada: The Results of an Expert Survey.” Canadian Political Science Review 7, no. 1 (2013): 13-23. (with Norman Hillmer)

“Evaluating Prime-Ministerial Performance: The Canadian Experience.” Chapter 11 in Understanding Prime-Ministerial Performance: Comparative Perspectives, edited by Paul Strangio, Paul ’t Hart, and James Walter. London: Oxford University Press, 2013. Pp. 242-263. (with Norman Hillmer)

“The Nationalist Moment in English Canada.” Chapter 11 in Debating Dissent: Canada and the Sixties, edited by Lara Campbell, Dominique Clément, and Gregory S. Kealey. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012. Pp. 213-228, 327-332.

“The Strange Afterlives of Canadian Prime Ministers.” Chapter 4 in Former Leaders in Modern Democracies: Political Sunsets, edited by Kevin Theakston and Jouke de Vries. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. Pp. 54-77.