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We are very pleased to have Stéphanie A.H. Bélanger, editor of several MQUP titles and coeditor of War Memories (Spring 2017), as our guest blogger. In her post, Stéphanie who is one of the series editors, speaks about MQUP’s new Human Dimensions in Foreign Policy, Military Studies, and Security Studies Series. (Series editors: Stéphanie A.H. Bélanger, Pierre Jolicoeur, and Stéfanie von Hlatky).
By: Stéphanie A.H. Bélanger
The twenty-first century has brought unique advantages and challenges to the issues of foreign policy, warfare, and security. Communication among nations has never been as easy as it is now, and proper diplomacy has gone from being a benefit to a necessity. With advances in technology and modernity impacting war and soldiers in new ways, we are in a whole new academic realm. Scholars no longer see soldiers as a monolithic group; national security now involves both border and intelligence policies, and it encompasses foreign affairs more than ever before.
Our new series, Human Dimensions in Foreign Policy, Military Studies, and Security Studies, delves into these and other topics, so that policy makers, academics, and the general population can engage with these themes in a more holistic way. We have undertaken this labour of love out of a commitment to sharing our collaborators’ knowledge. The Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP), the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR), and the Centre for Security, Armed Forces, and Society (CSAFS) all believe that we can help navigate these new difficulties through honest discussions and cooperation. Many believe that academic knowledge and real-time policy decisions work separately from one another, as if universities and governance institutions did not share knowledge. We created this series to counter this discourse, to promote collaboration between academia and policies and practices, so we can offer the best scientific knowledge to the general population. In an era of constant communication, we believe strongly that policies and practices should be articulated to the general population as well as the policy makers in as timely a fashion as possible.
The series brings the academic quality expected of institutions like Queen’s University and the Royal Military College of Canada into the general discourse, with the goal of providing fresh views on issues such as foreign affairs and global governance. It will analyze and discuss the operational, ethical, and moral ramifications of ongoing conflicts, foreign affairs, and security through unique perspectives from experts in their fields and those who have first-hand experiences in warfare and foreign affairs. Our objective is to provide accessible knowledge that goes beyond academic institutions and impacts general society.
So far, the series includes Disarmament under International Law by John Kierulf; Bombs, Bullets, and Politicians, by Christophe Chowanietz; Going to War?, edited by Stéfanie von Hlatky and H. Christian Breede; and War Memories, which I edited with Renée Dickason. More books will come out regularly, and we hope that this new level of engagement will allow diverse groups to access and interact with this knowledge. McGill-Queen’s University Press has been instrumental in supporting this dream, and we look forward to showing the academic and policy world just what true collaboration can do. Please be sure to check in and see what projects we have coming your way!