Director, Centre for Foreign Policy Studies
Phone: (902) 494-6629
- policy coordination
- US foreign policy
- Canada-US relations
- North America
- international security and defence policy
- network governance
Education: B.A. (UBC), M.A. (York), PhD (Cornell)
Teaching: International Relations theory, foreign policy, diplomacy and negotiation, US foreign policy, Canadian foreign policy, North American regional politics, and empirical research methods.
Ongoing projects (updated September 2015):
The Political Management of Network-Driven Policy Coordination: Lessons from North America and Europe, ongoing research project.
This is a new multi-year project designed to identify different models for network-driven policy coordination, uncover the sources of that variation, and assess the different models’ efficacy in bringing about effective and sustainable coordination. The initial research focus is on US-Canada coordination on contemporary national security and public safety issues—i.e., counter-terrorism, organized crime, illegal immigration and human trafficking, natural disasters, and infectious disease.
The Making and Unmaking of North America, research monograph, in progress.
This ongoing project looks at the history of regional integration in North America, with a focus on discursive struggles to build up or tear down coalitions in support of closer regional cooperation.
“Regional Security Dynamics: A Review of Theoretical Approaches,” journal article, in progress.
- “Legitimacy and Regional Integration: The North American Experience in Comparative Perspective,” in Achim Hurrelmann and Steffen Schneider, eds., The Legitimacy of Regional Integration in Europe and the Americas (Palgrave Macmillan 2015).
- Regional Governance in Post-NAFTA North America: Building without Architecture, volume co-edited with Greg Anderson (Routledge 2014).
- “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 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 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 2012).
- The Politics of Linkage: Power, Independence and Ideas in Canada-US Relations (University of British Columbia Press 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 has been the Director of Dalhousie’s Centre for Foreign Policy Studies since August 2014. He is also currently a visiting fellow at the Borders in Globalization collaborative project at University of Victoria. He has previously been a visiting fellow or researcher at the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute (CDFAI), American University’s Center for North American Studies (CNAS), the Woodrow Wilson Center, Georgetown University, Carleton University and the Australian National University.