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Canadian Foreign Policy in Critical Perspective

J. Marshall Beier and Lana Wylie

Canadian Foreign Policy in Critical Perspective is a provocative collection of thirteen original essays that questions many of the basic assumptions in Canadian foreign policy and much of its conventional wisdom. By taking a self-consciously critical approach to specific issues, the authors encourage students to question their own assumptions and investigate alternative ways of thinking about Canada's place in the world and its relations with other nations. With a strong Canadian focus, this text gives students access to cutting-edge research on topics like Canada's ongoing involvement in Afghanistan, Canada-US border policy, the scarcity of French-language literature on Canadian foreign policy, and more. The book also makes original contributions to the literature on Canadian foreign policy through coverage of cases, issues, and dilemmas that have been neglected in the existing literature.

Readership : Suitable for third- and fourth-year students taking courses in Canadian foreign policy offered at Canadian Universities in the Political Science department.

M. Beier and L. Wylie: Introduction: 'What's So Critical about Canadian Foreign Policy?'
Part I: Doing Canadian Foreign Policy
1. Heather A. Smith: 'Disciplining Nature of Canadian Foreign Policy'
2. Samantha Arnold: 'Home and Away: Public Diplomacy and the Canadian Self'
Part II: Fighting the Global War on Terror
3. Ann Denholm Crosby: 'Canada-US Defence Relations: Weapons of Mass Control and a Praxis of Mass Resistance'
4. Claire T. Sjolander and Kathryn Trevenen: 'Constructing Canadian Foreign Policy: Myths of Good International Citizens, Protectors, and the War in Afghanistan'
5. Colleen Bell: 'Fighting the War and Winning the Peace: Three Critiques of Canada's Role in Afghanistan'
6. Mark B. Salter: 'Canadian Border Policy as Foreign Policy: Security, Policing, Management'
Part III: Security and Self after 9/11
7. Kyle Grayson: 'Clandestine Convergence: Human Security, Power, and Canadian Foreign Policy'
8. David Mutimer: 'No CANDU: The Multiply-Nuclear Canadian Self'
9. Alison Howell: 'The Art of Governing Trauma: Treating PTSD in the Canadian Military as a Foreign Policy Practice'
10. Mark Neufeld: '"Happy Is the Land That Needs No Hero": The Pearsonian Tradition and the Canadian Intervention into Afghanistan'
Part IV: Other Diplomacies
11. Rebecca Tiessen: 'Youth Ambassadors Abroad? Canadian Foreign Policy and Public Diplomacy in the Developing World'
12. Stéphane Roussel: 'About Solitude, Divorce, and Neglect: The Linguistic Division in the Study of Canadian Foreign Policy'
13. J. Marshall Beier: 'At Home on Native Land: Canada and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples'
Lana Wylie: Conclusion: 'Critical Conclusions about Canadian Foreign Policy'

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J. Marshall Beier is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at McMaster University. Lana Wylie is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at McMaster University.

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Special Features

  • Canadian focus. Only book available on the topic that takes a critical, Canadian approach, exposing students to an array of perspectives on Canadian foreign policy.
  • Current and innovative. All new, original pieces offer students an alternative approach to contemporary, and often controversial, Canadian foreign policy issues. Students are given access to the newest research available, thus allowing them to develop a broader, more informed understanding of Canadian foreign policy.
  • Critical perspective. The only book on Canadian foreign policy that offers a critical perspective, thus engaging students by encouraging them to re-evaluate their existing knowledge of the subject.