The editors take a critical look at the now almost mainstream "declinist" thesis and at the continued relevance of Canada's relationships with its principal allies - the United Kingdom, France, and the United States. Contributors discuss a broad range of themes, including the weight of a changing identity in the evolution of the country's foreign policy, the fate of Canadian diplomacy as a profession, the often complicated relationship between foreign and trade policies, the impact of immigration and refugee procedures on foreign policy, and the evolving understanding of development and defence as components of Canada's foreign policy.
Foreign affairs a hundred years on / Robert Bothwell -- "A sad, general decline?": the Canadian diplomat in the 20th century / Greg Donaghy -- Managers, innovators and diplomats: Canada's foreign ministers / Gerald Wright -- Old wine, new bottles: Canadian economic multilateralism and the North Atlantic triangle, 1941-1947 / Kathleen Rasmussen -- The interplay of defence and foreign policy / Roger Sarty -- Canada's contribution to international law / William A. Schabas -- "And who is my neighbour?" Refugees, public opinion, and policy in Canada since 1900 / Julie Gilmour -- Foreign aid and Canadian purpose: influence and policy in Canada's international development assistance / Ian Smillie -- Tools and levers: energy as an instrument of Canadian foreign policy / Duane Bratt -- A special relationship? The importance of France in Canadian foreign policy / Justin Massie -- From King to Kandahar: Canada, multilateralism and conflict in the Pacific, 1909-2009 / John Meehan and David Webster -- Chinese shadows / Fred Edwards -- The transatlantic romance of the North Atlantic triangle: narratives of autonomy and empire in Canadian foreign relations / Cara Spittal -- And the beat goes on: "identity" and Canadian foreign policy / David G. Haglund
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