The late Canadian diplomat John Wendell Holmes believed that the best public policy emerged out of an appreciation of history and context.
In the past, Canada has aimed to play an outsized role on the world stage, thanks, in part, to its close ties with both the United Kingdom and the United States.
With Western dominance waning and states such as China gaining influence, Canada needs a new strategy for an unfamiliar and potentially unfriendly world order.
History will help define this strategy.
In this video, Adam Chapnick explains how history will help define this strategy and introduces Situating Canada in a Changing World: Constructing a Modern and Prosperous Future, an essay series sponsored by the Holmes Trust that reflects on six contemporary themes in Canadian foreign and security policy.