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Canada's Foreign and Security Policy: Soft and Hard Strategies of a Middle Power

Canada's Foreign and Security Policy: Soft and Hard Strategies of a Middle Power

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  • ISBN-13: 9780195431698
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Release Date: Mar 15, 2010
  • Pages: 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.0 x 8.9 inches


A compilation of brand-new research and writing from leading Canadian and European experts on Canadian foreign policy, Canada's Foreign and Security Policy re-examines Canada's political place and international influence in the contemporary world. As half of the contributors are non-Canadians, this 'outside-in' character of the book offers a unique perspective on internal versus external role perception, recognizing the disparity between Canada's national self-image and interpretations from outside the country's boundaries.

Organized into three parts, the book begins with a conceptual analysis of Canada's label and position as a middle power, then moves on to assess the soft and hard dimensions of Canada's foreign and security policy within this framework. Individual chapters are policy-relevant and cover a range of topics of interest to Canadian foreign policy students and scholars alike, including human security, development policy, environmental and energy policies, the role of the Canadian forces, terrorism, NATO involvement, and Arctic sovereignty. Within these chapters, key debates meet new scholarship as authors examine the interrelationships within and among policy areas, and also call into question the 'sedimented truths' of Canadian foreign and security policy.

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