An Independent Foreign Policy for Canada?: Challenges and Choices for the Future
Published: December 2008© 2008
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 224 Pages
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
224 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.72 in
Forty years ago, as the United States became increasingly involved in Vietnam, questions were raised in Canada about the relationship between its foreign policy agenda and that of its southern neighbour. Now, with the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is time to raise the same questions: does Canada need an independent foreign policy? Does Canada have the capacity and will to chart its own course?
Divided into sections about the history of Canadian foreign policy, diplomacy, security, economics, decision-making and new policy issues, this collection of prominent political scientists provides valuable and timely perspectives on the state of Canada's international relations in the twenty-first century. Examining pertinent issues such as defence, security, the Arctic, global environmental cooperation, NAFTA, and the post-9/11 world, these accessible and insightful essays are a long-overdue reassessment of Canada and its current role in international affairs. An Independent Foreign Policy for Canada? asks the question that is perhaps more important now than forty years ago and supplies answers so pertinent to the twenty-first century.
Stephanie R. Golob
Heather A. Smith
'The essays in An Independent Foreign Policy for Canada? address long-standing and significant concerns about Canada's position vis-à-vis the United States and the degree to which Canadian foreign policy is able to steer free from US influence. It is an excellent collection for anyone interested in Canadian foreign policy or Canadian-American relations.' Tom Keating, Department of Political Science, University of Alberta