Empire's Ally: Canada and the War in Afghanistan

Edited by Jerome Klassen and Greg Albo

© 2012

The war in Afghanistan has been a major policy commitment and central undertaking of the Canadian state since 2001: Canada has been a leading force in the war, and has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on aid and reconstruction. After a decade of conflict, however, there is considerable debate about the efficacy of the mission, as well as calls to reassess Canada’s role in the conflict. An authoritative and strongly analytical work, Empire’s Ally provides a much-needed critical investigation into one of the most polarizing events of our time.

This collection draws on new primary evidence – including government documents, think tank and NGO reports, international media files, and interviews in Afghanistan – to provide context for Canadian foreign policy, to offer critical perspectives on the war itself, and to link the conflict to broader issues of political economy, international relations, and Canada’s role on the world stage. Spanning academic and public debates, Empire’s Ally opens a new line of argument on why the mission has entered a stage of crisis.

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Spanning academic and public debates, Empire’s Ally opens a new line of argument on why the mission has entered a stage of crisis.

Empire's Ally: Canada and the War in Afghanistan

Edited by Jerome Klassen and Greg Albo

© 2012

The war in Afghanistan has been a major policy commitment and central undertaking of the Canadian state since 2001: Canada has been a leading force in the war, and has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on aid and reconstruction. After a decade of conflict, however, there is considerable debate about the efficacy of the mission, as well as calls to reassess Canada’s role in the conflict. An authoritative and strongly analytical work, Empire’s Ally provides a much-needed critical investigation into one of the most polarizing events of our time.

This collection draws on new primary evidence – including government documents, think tank and NGO reports, international media files, and interviews in Afghanistan – to provide context for Canadian foreign policy, to offer critical perspectives on the war itself, and to link the conflict to broader issues of political economy, international relations, and Canada’s role on the world stage. Spanning academic and public debates, Empire’s Ally opens a new line of argument on why the mission has entered a stage of crisis.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 432 pages
  • Illustrations: 5
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.1in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    More than just an academic text, Empire’s Ally is an accessible and readable resource for scholars and activists alike. For the anti-war movement in Canada, it should be required reading.


    James Clark
    Canadian Dimension

    ‘A serious advance in state-of-the-art research, Empire’s Ally offers a thorough and multifaceted analysis of Canada’s involvement in the Afghan conflict from the perspective of global imperialism. Making important and controversial arguments that are significant to all Canadians, this collection will be read widely by academics, students, policymakers, and politicians.’


    Henry Heller, Department of History, University of Manitoba
  • Author Information

    Jerome Klassen is a Research Fellow at the MIT Center for International Studies.


    Greg Albo is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at York University.

  • Table of contents

    Preface

    1. Introduction: Empire, Afghanistan and Canadian Foreign Policy
      Jerome Klassen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

    Section One: Afghanistan, Empire and the ‘War on Terror’

    1. Afghanistan and Empire
      John W. Warnock (University of Regina)
    2. A ‘Single War’: The Political Economy of Intervention in the Middle East and Central Asia
      Adam Hanieh (University of London)
    3. The Empire of Capital and the Latest Inning of the Great Game
      Michael Skinner (York University)
    4. Methods of Empire: State Building, Development, and War in Afghanistan
      Jerome Klassen

    Section Two: The Political Economy of Canadian Foreign Policy

    1. From the Avro Arrow to Afghanistan: The Political Economy of Canadian Militarism
      Paul Kellogg (Athabasca University)
    2. Canada and the Third World: The Political Economy of Intervention
      Todd Gordon (York University)
    3. Fewer Illusions: Canadian Foreign Policy Since 2001
      Greg Albo (York University)

    Section Three: Canada’s War in Afghanistan

    1. Failed States and Canada’s 3D Policy in Afghanistan
      Angela Joya (York University)
    2. Building an Expeditionary Force for Democracy Promotion
      Anthony Fenton (York University) and Jon Elmer
    3. Incompatible Objectives: Counterinsurgency and Development in Afghanistan
      Justin Podur (York University)
    4. Canada’s Afghan Detainee Torture Scandal: How Stories of Torture Define the Nation
      Sherene H. Razack (University of Toronto)

    Section Four: The Anti-War Movement in Canada

    1. Québec Solidaire and the Anti-War Movement
      Benoit Renaud and Jessica Squires (Library and Archives Canada)
    2. Bringing Ottawa’s Warmakers to Heel: The Anti-War Movement in Canada
      Derrick O’Keefe (Canadian Peace Alliance)

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