In the National Interest: Canadian Foreign Policy and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, 1909-2009
Published by: University of Calgary Press
Imprint: University of Calgary Press
Published: May 2011
284 Pages, 5.90 x 8.90 x 19.00 mm, Notes, 3 tables, bibliography, index
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Canada's role as world power and its sense of itself in the global landscape has been largely shaped and defined over the past 100 years by the changing policies and personalities in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT).
This engaging and provocative book brings together fifteen of the country's leading historians and political scientists to discuss a century of Canada's national interests and DFAIT's role in defining and pursuing them. Accomplished and influential analysts such as Jack Granatstein, Norman Hillmer, and Nelson Michaud, are joined by rising stars like Whitney Lackenbauer, Adam Chapnick, and Tammy Nemeth in commenting on the history and future implications of Canada's foreign policy.
In the National Interest: Canadian Foreign Policy and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, 1909-2009, gives fresh insight into the Canada First concept in the 1920s, the North American security issues in the 1930s, Canada's vision for the United Nations, early security warnings in the Arctic, the rise of the international francophone community, conflicting continental visions over energy, and Canada/U.S. policy discussions. The impact of politicians and senior bureaucrats such as O.D. Skelton, Lester B. Pearson, Marcel Cadieux, Jules Leger, Pierre Trudeau and Brian Mulroney are set against issues such as national defence, popular opinion, human rights, and energy production.
In the National Interest also provides a platform for discussion about Canada's future role on the international stage. With its unique combination of administrative and policy history, In the National Interest is in a field of its own.
Greg Donaghy and Michael K. Carroll
Chapter 1: National Independence and the National Interest: O.D. Skelton's Department of External Affairs in the 1920s
Chapter 2: "Behaving as Adults": External Affairs and North American Security in the 1930s
Galen Roger Perras
Chapter 3: National Idenitty, Public Opinion, and the Department of External Affairs 1935-1939
Chapter 4: When the Department of External Affairs Mattered-And Whenit Shouldn't Have
Chapter 5: The Department of External Affairs and the United Nations Idea, 1943-1965
Chapter 6: Sovereignty and Security: Canadian Diplomacy, the United States, and the Arctic, 1943-1968
Robin S. Gendron
Chapter 7: Advancing the National Interest: Macel Cadieux, Jules Leger, and Canadian Participation in the Fancophone Community, 1964-1968
P. Whitney Lackenbauer and Peter Kikkert
Chapter 8: External Affairs and Canadian External Trade Policy, 1945-1972
Chapter 9: Conflicting Visions: Pierre Trudeau, External Affairs, and Energy Policy
Chapter 10: Setting the Canadian Foreign Policy Agenda, 1984-2009: Prime Ministers as Prime Actors?
Chapter 11: Engaging the United States: The Department of Foreign Affairs and US Policy, 1982-2005
Stephen J Randall
Chapter 12: The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade: Interdepartmental Leadership and the Beijing Conference on Women
An excellent collection . . . highly recommended to both specialists and general readers alike.
-Jatinder Mann, British Journal of Canadian Studies