For over a decade, Canada’s participation in the war in Afghanistan dominated media headlines, government discussions, academic studies, and the public international security debate, often to the exclusion of issues that have traditionally shaped Canadian approaches to security and defence policy. Now that the mission in Afghanistan is over, what issues should define Canada’s international security agenda?
This collection of essays, written by leading observers of Canadian policy, seeks to answer this question by investigating how Canada will likely respond to new threats and security challenges in light of the experience gained in Afghanistan. Topics include the future place of NATO in defence and security policy; emerging regions of concern and interest; and nuclear weapons and arms control, including missile defence and the military use of space.
What emerges from this collection is the need for Canadian governments, of whatever stripe, to lay the groundwork for an intelligent public debate about what Canada needs to do to protect its long-term strategic interests. This includes public discussions about Canada’s defense relationship with the United States, missile defence systems, and the militarization of space.
This look into the future of Canada’s security engagement abroad will interest students, academics, and practitioners of Canada’s foreign and security policy.
Dr. James Fergusson is the director of the Centre for Defence and Security Studies and a professor in the department of Political Studies at the University of Manitoba. He is Canada’s leading expert on ballistic missile defence and the author of Canada and Ballistic Missile Defence: Déjà vu all Over Again.
Francis Furtado served with the Government of Canada for over two decades. His career included assignments at the Department of National Defence, the Privy Council Office, the Canadian Embassy in Washington, and the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa. He received two Deputy Minister Commendations and was awarded the PCO Exceptional Achievement Award for his work on defence and foreign policy issues.
Contributors: Douglas Bland, Andrea Charron, David Dewitt, David G. Haglund, Joseph T. Jockel, Hal Klepak, Danford Middlemiss, Alexander Moens, Bessma Momani, Kim Richard Nossal, Douglas Alan Ross, Joel J. Sokolosky, Denis Stairs, Gordon Vachon
Part 1: Canada and NATO
1 Way Back Then and Now: NATO and the Canadian Interest / Denis Stairs
2 From Foulkes to Foulkes: Transforming the Structure of NATO / Douglas Bland
3 Afghanistan and After: The NATO Factor in Canadian Defence Decision Making / Danford Middlemiss
4 The Alphonse Karr Version of Canada and NATO (or Plus ça change) / David G. Haglund
5 NATO: Canada’s Indispensable Alliance / Alexander Moens
Part 2: Canada Beyond NATO Europe
6 Arctic Security: Keeping NATO Out, Russia and China Down, and the United States In / Andrea Charron
7 Ten Years into Forever: NORAD’s Place in Canada-US Defence Relations / Joseph T. Jockel and Joel J. Sokolosky
8 Is Time out of Joint? Growing Challenges for Canada in Inter-American Defence and Security Affairs / Hal Klepak
9 An “Astrategic” Power: Canada, China, and Great Power Transitions / Kim Richard Nossal
10 Canada and the Middle East: Working within Multilateralsim / David Dewitt and Bessma Momani
Part 3: Canadian International Security: Perspectives and Issues
11 Still in the Water Supply: Myths in Canadian Defence and Security Policy Debates / Francis Furtado
12 From Prague to Chicago to Honolulu: Toward Nuclear Abolition and a Renewed Canadian Role in American and NATO Nuclear Deterrence / Douglas Alan Ross
13 A Reason for Hope, No Reason for Optimism: Canada, Arms Control, and Disarmament / Gordon Vachon
14 Off the Radar: Strategic Defence and Military Space / James Fergusson
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