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Brian Bow

Director, Centre for Foreign Policy Studies

Department of Political Science

Contact information

Email: brian.bow@dal.ca
Phone: (902) 494-6629
Mailing Address: 
Department of Political Science Rm 301, Henry Hicks Bldg Dalhousie University, 6299 South Street PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:  American foreign policy, Canadian foreign policy, Canada-US relations, Diplomacy (multilateral and bilateral), International relations, North America, International security and defence policy



  • University of British Columbia (B.A.)
  • York University (M.A.)
  • Cornell University (Ph.D.)

Prof. Bow teaches courses on IR theory, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy and Negotiation, North American Politics, US Foreign Policy, Canadian Foreign Policy, and Research Methods.

Research Interests:

Dr. Bow specializes in international politics, with a focus on diplomacy, policy coordination, and foreign policy-making. Most of his current research is on North American regional politics, US-Canada, and US-Mexico relations, but he is more generally interested in diplomatic norms and practices, coercive bargaining, regional security cooperation, and the links between domestic institutions and international policy coordination.

Ongoing projects (updated June 2014):

The Political Management of Network-Driven Policy Coordination: Lessons from North America and Europe, ongoing research project.

The Making and Unmaking of North America, research monograph, in progress.

Regional Governance in Post-NAFTA North America: Building without Architecture, volume co-edited with Greg Anderson, (Routledge, forthcoming 2014)

“Polls, Parties, Politicization and the Evolution of Regional Governance in North America” (with Arturo Santa Cruz), chapter for Building without Architecture volume.

“Legitimacy and Regional Integration: The North American Experience in Comparative Perspective,” chapter for The Legitimacy of Regional Integration in Europe and the Americas, edited by Achim Hurrelmann and Steffen Schneider, forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan.

“The Study of Regional Orders and the Neglected Case of North America,” journal article, in progress.


Selected Publications:

  • “Measuring Canadian Foreign Policy,” International Journal 69:2 (Spring 2014): 229-232
  • Security and the State in Mexico: Transformation and Crisis in Regional Perspective, volume co-edited with Arturo Santa Cruz (Routledge, October 2012).
  • “Beyond Mérida?: The Evolution of the United States’ Response to Mexico’s Security Crisis,” in Brian Bow and Arturo Santa Cruz, eds., Security and the State in Mexico.
  • “Immovable Object or Unstoppable Force?: Crisis and the Social Construction of North America,” in Jeffrey Ayres and Laura Macdonald, eds., North America in Question: Regional Integration in an Era of Economic Turbulence (University of Toronto Press, October 2012).
  • "Diplomatic Cultures: Multiple Wests and Identity in US-Canada and US-Mexico Relations" (with Arturo Santa Cruz), in Peter J. Katzenstein, ed., Anglo-America and its Discontents: Civilizational Identities beyond East and West (Routledge, March 2012).
  • The Politics of Linkage: Power, Independence and Ideas in Canada-US Relations (University of British Columbia Press, November 2009). Awarded the Donner Prize for best public policy book published in Canada in 2009.

…plus several additional articles on Canada-US relations, Canadian foreign policy, and North American regional politics, published in International Journal, Canadian Foreign Policy, American Review of Canadian Studies, and Canadian-American Public Policy.

Service and Activities:

Dr. Bow is currently a Senior Fellow at American University’s Center for North American Studies (CNAS) and a Fellow at the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute (CDFAI). He has previously been a visiting researcher at the Woodrow Wilson Center, American University, Georgetown University, Carleton University and the Australian National University.