Global Brief finds new home at York U’s Glendon College


TORONTO, September 15, 2009 -- The Glendon School of Public & International Affairs at York University is now the institutional home of Global Brief, Canada's new world affairs magazine.

The partnership aims to cement Global Brief as Canada’s sole top-tier magazine dedicated to global affairs and targeting a worldwide readership. 

“It is most fitting that the Glendon School of Public & International Affairs should support a top-tier Canadian magazine that explores global issues for a global audience," says Kenneth McRoberts, principal of Glendon College. "The school is committed to teaching and research on public affairs that comprehends the interplay of international and domestic forces. Global Brief will enable Glendon faculty members to make their research known to a larger public and will offer our master’s students the possibility of invaluable editorial experience.”

The upcoming issue of Global Brief – due at the end of October – will feature Louise Arbour, president & CEO of the International Crisis Group and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; former French foreign minister Hubert Védrine; top public intellectual Fareed Zakaria, of CNN and Newsweek; bestselling writer Gwynne Dyer; former Canadian ambassador to Afghanistan Christopher Alexander; former Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) president James Orbinski; former Quebec premier Bernard Landry; former Canadian prime ministerial chief of staff Norman Spector; John W. McArthur, CEO of Millennium Promise; and other top-flight commentators.

“I am delighted that we’ve landed at Glendon,” says Global Brief’s founding editor-in-chief and publisher, Irvin Studin (BBA Spec. Hons. ’99). “The trajectory of the magazine is ambitious, and I think that Glendon is a natural partner to help us realize this vision. Of the half-dozen or so parties around the country that were interested in hosting Global Brief, Glendon was easily the most natural fit.”

Studin, York's most recent Rhodes Scholar, sees Global Brief as Canada’s answer to The Economist, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Le Monde diplomatique and a host of other world-class international affairs media. The publication targets an international readership with in-depth analysis of international politics, business, and culture from global writers. The magazine's print version publishes quarterly, with articles in English and French.

Online, Global Brief is multilingual, with regular articles in English and French and blogs in six different languages: English, French, Spanish, Russian, German and Mandarin. Farsi, Arabic, Hebrew and Turkish bloggers will be joining the publication in the coming months.

A launch event will be hosted on the Glendon campus on Nov. 3. For more information, visit the Global Brief website.



About the Glendon School of Public & International Affairs

The Glendon School is Canada’s first bilingual graduate school of public and international affairs.  A unique Canadian institution, it combines a comprehensive bilingualism with a focus on both public and international affairs, seeking to explore the interplay between domestic and global issues.  Adopting a global perspective, the School explores the relationship between public institutions and their larger environment.  Its purpose is to advance research on public and international affairs; provide high-quality graduate programming; and offer innovative professional development programming. A fully bilingual master’s program features internships and international exchange experiences.  The School is located on Glendon’s picturesque campus in mid-town Toronto.

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About York University

York University is the leading interdisciplinary research and teaching university in Canada.  York offers a modern, academic experience at the undergraduate and graduate level in Toronto, Canada’s most international city.  The third largest university in the country, York is host to a dynamic academic community of 50,000 students and 7,000 faculty and staff, as well as more than 200,000 alumni worldwide.  York’s 10 faculties and 26 research centres conduct ambitious, groundbreaking research that is interdisciplinary, cutting across traditional academic boundaries.  This distinctive and collaborative approach is preparing students for the future and bringing fresh insights and solutions to real-world challenges. York University is an autonomous, not-for-profit corporation.


For further information, please contact:

Irvin Studin, Editor-in-Chief & Publisher, Global Brief, 416-689-9126 (cell) or 416-736-2100 Ext. 88253; Email:

Kenneth McRoberts, principal, Glendon College, 416-487-6727 /