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In the national interest: Canadian foreign policy and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, 1909-2009


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foreign policy, Canada, history

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Accomplished analysists and rising stars explore the evolution of Canada’s role as a world power and sense of itself within the global landscape in this engaging and provocative collection. 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 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.

Publication Information

Donaghy, G., & Carroll, M. (Eds.). (2011). In the National Interest: Canadian Foreign Policy and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, 1909-2009. Calgary, Alberta, Canada: University of Calgary Press.



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Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)