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Global Brief Magazine

Global Brief is a top-tier international affairs magazine with a heavy global readership. It was founded in 2009. Publishing quarterly in print and online out of the Institute for 21st Century Questions (21CQ), GB features the original works of leading and rising-star writers on world affairs writ large – international politics, business, culture, movements and trends.

GB has no moral mandate. It is not Anglospheric. It is not sensationalist. Nor is it fatalistic. Rather, it seeks to analyze and explain the world in all its bald complexities, to anticipate different ‘strategic futures,’ and to reflect – with policy relevance and nuance – on ways to address these complexities.

The cutting-edge, critically acclaimed, highly eclectic print version of GB publishes four times per year in English and French. Each issue of GB is heavily edited and fact-checked and, to be sure, beautiful on the strength of original art and world-beating art direction. Each number consists of a wide and original array of first-class essays (Features); synoptic briefings (One Pager); follow-up analyses and enquiries (Query); in-theatre reports (In Situ); point-counterpoint, head-to-head debates (Nez Ă  Nez); kinetic interviews (TĂȘte Ă  TĂȘte); surveys of premier global thinkers on key questions (The Definition) and on the world to come (Strategic Futures); and, finally, levity through mock dialogues of a given government’s Cabinet Room, as well as an evocative Epigram.

GB regularly publishes top writers from around the world, from Steven Pinker, Lloyd Axworthy, Kishore Mahbubani, Louise Arbour, Hubert Védrine, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Chrystia Freeland, Noam Chomsky and Shashi Tharoor, to Abdou Diouf, Roméo Dallaire, Jan Egeland, John Kay, Louise Fréchette, John de Chastelain, Hubert Védrine, James Orbinski, Margaret MacMillan, Martin Wolf, Geoff Mulgan, Michael Ignatieff and, among many others, Alvaro de Soto, Fareed Zakaria, Ramesh Thakur, John Polanyi and Philippe Kirsch.

GB has also been a key global platform for some of the today’s rising stars in international affairs analysis and commentary, from Peter Jones to Jeremi Suri, BarthĂ©lĂ©my Courmont and FrĂ©dĂ©ric Charillon.

GB’s popular website,, builds on the content of the physical magazine with multilingual expert analytical blogs (GB Geo-Blogs) to encourage high-level world affairs debates and commentary beyond conventional global linguistic barriers: in English, French, Russian, Mandarin, German, Spanish, Arabic, Persian, Dari and Turkish, with Hebrew and Hindi coming shortly. These Geo-Blogs regularly bring many thousands of otherwise ‘untouchable’ readers from around the planet, from mother countries and diasporic communities alike, to

GB’s target readership, in print and online, is two-fold: first, leaders and key decision-makers around the world in politics and government, business, academia, journalism, the NGO community and indeed in international diasporic communities; and second, future global leaders across these same sectors.

Distribution of the prestigious print version of GB (4,000 to 6,000 copies per issue) includes in-store sales in top stores in Canada (Chapters/Indigo), the United States (Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million) and a half dozen other countries, from Singapore to Brazil, Germany and South Africa, a global paid subscriber base, as well as elite carriage in Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounges around the world.

GB has advertised, in print and online, top brands like:

Dentons LLP
Harvard Law School
International Crisis Group
Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS)
University of Toronto
Schulich School of Business
Desautels School of Business (McGill)
Engineers Without Borders
York University
University of Ottawa
Manning Centre for Building Democracy
Australian Strategic Policy Institute
International Development Research Centre
Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
Free the Children
Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation
University of Winnipeg
University of Alberta
Carleton University