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Readings in Canadian Foreign Policy

Classic Debates and New Ideas, Second Edition

Edited by Duane Bratt and Christopher J. Kukucha

Now in a second edition, Readings in Canadian Foreign Policy is the only book of its kind to incorporate classic and contemporary essays with newly commissioned pieces. Coverage of hot-button issues - such as Canada's role in Afghanistan, Arctic sovereignty, and the deportation of Maher Arar - will challenge students to consider new, cutting-edge viewpoints alongside traditional schools of thought. Organized into six thematic sections, the text traces the origins of Canada's foreign policy and the milestones in its development up to the present day, while also analyzing the goals and weaknesses of particular policies. Current and well-rounded, this fascinating mix of classic analyses and new perspectives on Canada's relationship with the rest of the world is essential reading for all students of Canadian foreign policy.

Readership : Second- and third-year undergraduate students at the university and university-college level.


  • "The selection of chapters and authors is broadly reflective of the wide spectrum of opinions, perspectives, and theoretical debates that characterize the literature and social debates...The volume is built on a strong theoretical and historical section that is crucial for any textbook on this subject."

    --Allen Sens, University of British Columbia

  • "Very complete and balanced."

    --Stéphane Paquin, École nationale d'administration publique

List of Contributors
Part I Studying Canadian Foreign Policy: Varying Approaches
1. John Kirton: The 10 Most Important Books on Canadian Foreign Policy
2. Adam Chapnick: Canadian Foreign Policy, 1945 -- 1968
3. John W. Holmes: Most Safely in the Middle
Tom Keating: Update Canada and the New Multilateralism
4. David B. Dewitt and John Kirton: Three Theoretical Perspectives
John Kirton: Update Canada as a Principal Power 2010
5. Stephen Clarkson: The Choice to Be Made
Brian Bow and Patrick Lennox: Update The 'Independence' Debates, Then and Now: False Choices and Real Challenges
6. Claire Turenne Sjolander and Kathryn Trevenen: Constructing Canadian Foreign Policy: Myths of Good International Citizens, Protectors, and the War in Afghanistan
7. Mark Neufeld: Democratization in/of Canadian Foreign Policy: Critical Reflections
Selected Bibliography
Part II External Factors and Canadian Foreign Policy
8. Donald Barry: Managing Canada-US Relations in the Post-9/11 Era: Do We Need a Big Idea?
9. John Kirton: Canada as a G8 and G20 Principal Power
10. Andrew F. Cooper and P. Whitney Lackenbauer: The Achilles' Heel of Canadian Good International Citizenship: Indigenous Diplomacies and State Response
11. Douglas Alan Ross: NATO in Canadian Foreign Policy: From 'Atlanticist' Fear and Hope to a Future of Environmental Crisis and 'Civilizational Rallying'?
Selected Bibliography
Part III Domestic Factors and Canadian Foreign Poli
12. Paul Gecelovsky: Of Legacies and Lightning Bolts: Another Look at the Prime Minister and Canadian Foreign Policy
13. John English: The Member of Parliament and Foreign Policy
Duane Bratt and Christopher J. Kukucha: Update The Role of Parliament in a Minority Government
14. Patrice Dutil: The Institutionalization of Foreign Affairs (1909 -- 2009)
15. Christopher J. Kukucha: Dismembering Canada? Stephen Harper and the Foreign Relations of Canadian Provinces
16. Stéphane Roussel and Jean-Christophe Boucher: The Myth of the Pacific Society: Quebec's Contemporary Strategic Culture
Selected Bibliography
Part IV Security
17. Kim Richard Nossal: Understanding Canadian Defence Policy
18. Duane Bratt: Afghanistan: Why Did We Go? Why Did We Stay? Will We Leave?
19. Monica Gattinger and Geoffrey Hale: Borders and Bridges along a Multidimensional Policy Landscape: Canada's Policy Relations in North America
20. Rob Huebert: Canadian Arctic Sovereignty and Security in a Transforming Circumpolar World
Selected Bibliography
Part V Trade and Other Economic Issues
21. Robert Wolfe: Canada's Adventures in Clubland: Trade Clubs and Politics Influence
22. Stephen McBride: Canada and the Global Economic Crisis
23. Elizabeth Smythe: Frustrated Multilateralism: Canada and the Negotiation of International Investment Rules
Selected Bibliography
Part VI Social Considerations: The Need to Do More?
24. Nelson Michaud: Soft Power and Canadian Foreign Policymaking: The Role of Values
25. Heather A. Smith: Unwilling Internationalism or Strategic Internationalism? Canadian Climate Policy Under the Conservative Government
26. Stephen Brown: Aid Effectiveness and the Framing of New Canadian Aid Initiatives
27. David Black: Canada, the G8, and Africa: The Rise and Decline of a Hegemonic Project?
Duane Bratt and Christopher J. Kukucha: Introduction Canadian Foreign Policy and the Promotion of Human Rights
28. Maher Arar: Maher Arar: Chronology of Events, September 26, 2002 to October 5, 2003
Selected Bibliography
Appendix A: Key Terms in Canadian Foreign Policy
Appendix B: Key Dates in Canadian Foreign Policy

There are no Instructor/Student Resources available at this time.

Duane Bratt is the coordinator of the Department of Policy Studies at Mount Royal University. He has been an instructor at Mount Royal since 1997. He is also the author of The Politics of CANDU Exports and associate with the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary.

Christopher Kukucha has been a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Lethbridge since 2001. He is the author of The Provinces and Canadian Foreign Trade Policy.

Canadian Foreign Policy in Critical Perspective - J. Marshall Beier and Lana Wylie
Borders and Bridges - Edited by Monica Gattinger and Geoffrey Hale
Canada and World Order - Tom Keating
Feminist Perspectives on Canadian Foreign Policy - Edited by Claire Turenne Sjolander, Heather Smith and Deborah Stienstra
Canada's International Policies - Brian Tomlin, Norman Hillmer and Fen Hampson
Canada's Foreign and Security Policy - Edited by Nik Hynek and David Bosold

Special Features

  • Unique format. The only book on Canadian foreign policy to combine previously published articles with newly commissioned readings, offering students a balanced treatment of the subject.
  • Wide-ranging selections. Offers comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of Canada's position on trade and economic issues, the global financial crisis, human rights, foreign aid, climate change, and conflicts overseas.
  • Classic and contemporary articles. Integrates recent and established scholarship, offering students an extensive, thought-provoking look at Canadian foreign policy.
  • Authoritative. Features new work from respected foreign policy experts including Kim Nossal, Nelson Michaud, David Black, Donald Barry, Stephen Clarkson, Paul Gecelovsky, Tom Keating, John Kirton, and Elizabeth Smythe.
  • Thematic organization. Articles are grouped into six thematically linked sections, each with an introduction to contextualize the material as well as lists of related resources to promote further reading.
New to this Edition
  • Fully updated and revised. An updated and expanded introduction along with enhanced coverage of a variety of issues throughout offers students the most current survey of Canadian foreign policy.
  • New selections. New chapters on a variety of cutting-edge topics - including the ten most important books on Canadian foreign policy, the history of foreign policy in Canada, Arctic sovereignty, NATO, DFAIT, the recent economic crisis, Canada's role in Afghanistan, Canada as a G8 and G20 power, and indigenous diplomacy and the UN - ensure students get an in-depth, contemporary look at Canada's relationship with the rest of the world.
  • Canadian foreign policy abbreviations. Appearing on the inside front cover, this list offers students a helpful guide to frequently used abbreviations in the field.
  • Two new appendices. Features key terms and dates in Canadian foreign policy helping students to locate important information quickly and easily.
  • Helpful pedagogy. Lists of key terms and selected biographies, along with figures and tables throughout, boost student understanding and encourage active learning.