Canada Looks South: In Search of an Americas Policy

Edited by Peter McKenna

© 2012

Recent events in the western hemisphere have led to a dramatic shift in the strategic and political importance of Latin America. But with relations still cool between the United States and Cuba, and Venezuela becoming more distant every day, there is considerable potential for Canada – with its longstanding commitment to constructive engagement – to forge mutually beneficial relations with these nations as well as rising industrial and economic players such as Mexico and Brazil.

In Canada Looks South, experts on foreign policy in Canada and Central America provide a timely exploration of Canada’s growing role in the Americas and the most pressing issues of the region. Starting with the historical scope of the bilateral relationship, the volume goes on to cover such subjects as trade engagement, democratization, and security. As current and future Canadian governments embrace expanding linkages with this region, this collection fills a significant gap in scholarship on Canadian-Latin American relations.

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In Canada Looks South, experts on foreign policy in Canada and Central America provide a timely exploration of Canada’s growing role in the Americas and the most pressing issues of the region.

Canada Looks South: In Search of an Americas Policy

Edited by Peter McKenna

© 2012

Recent events in the western hemisphere have led to a dramatic shift in the strategic and political importance of Latin America. But with relations still cool between the United States and Cuba, and Venezuela becoming more distant every day, there is considerable potential for Canada – with its longstanding commitment to constructive engagement – to forge mutually beneficial relations with these nations as well as rising industrial and economic players such as Mexico and Brazil.

In Canada Looks South, experts on foreign policy in Canada and Central America provide a timely exploration of Canada’s growing role in the Americas and the most pressing issues of the region. Starting with the historical scope of the bilateral relationship, the volume goes on to cover such subjects as trade engagement, democratization, and security. As current and future Canadian governments embrace expanding linkages with this region, this collection fills a significant gap in scholarship on Canadian-Latin American relations.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 8.9in
  • Reviews

    ‘Stimulating and insightful book.’


    Philip Chrimes
    International Affairs; vol 89:03:2013
  • Author Information

    Peter McKenna is professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Prince Edward Island.

  • Table of contents

    Contributors

    Preface

    1 Introduction: Canada and the Americas: There’s Still Much to Discover

    JAMES ROCHLIN (University of British Columbia – Okanagan)

    2 The Most Challenging of Links? Canada and Inter-American Security

    HAL KLEPAK (Royal Military College of Canada)

    3 Canada’s Trade Engagement with the Americas: Swimming With or Against the Tide?

    RICARDO GRINSPUN AND JENNIFER MILLS

    4 Canada and the Democratic Charter: Lessons From the Coup in Honduras

    MAXWELL A. CAMERON AND JASON TOCKMAN

    5 Canada-Mexico Relations: Moving Beyond 65 Years of Stunted Growth

    DUNCAN WOOD (ITAM)

    6 Through Sun and Ice: Canada, Cuba and Fifty Years of `Normal’ Relations

    PETER MCKENNA (University of Prince Edward Island) AND JOHN M. KIRK (Dalhousie University)

    7 Canadian Assistance to Haiti: Some Sobering Snags in a Fragile State Approach

    YASMINE SHAMSIE (Wilfrid Laurier University)

    8 Canada-CARICOM Relations: Beyond the Trade Agenda?

    RAMESH CHAITOO

    9 Canada and Central America: Citizen Action and International Policy

    STEPHEN BARANYI (University of Ottawa) AND JOHN M. FOSTER (The North-South Institute)

    10 Canada-Colombia: A Rhetorical Relationship?

    MARIA TERESA AYA SMITMANS (Universidad Externado de Colombia)

    11 Between Rhetoric and Reality: Canadian-Venezuelan Relations

    LESLEY M. BURNS

    12 The Current Paradox in Brazil-Canada Relations and the Path Forward

    W.E. (TED) HEWITT (University of Western Ontario)

    13 Canada-Chile Relations: Assessing a Key Bilateral Relationship

    ROBERTO DURAN (Catholic University of Chile)

    Conclusion