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Articles from Vol. 66, No. 2, Spring

AN AMERICAN BY DEGREES: The Extraordinary Lives of French Ambassador Jules Jusserand
AN AMERICAN BY DEGREES The Extraordinary Lives of French Ambassador Jules Jusserand Robert J. Young Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2009. 368pp, $59.95 cloth ISBN: 9780773535725Although Lyon, the city of his birth in 1855, has an "Avenue Jules...
BREAKING THE POVERTY CYCLE: The Human Basis for Sustainable Development
BREAKING THE POVERTY CYCLE The Human Basis for Sustainable Development Susan Pick and Jenna Sirkin New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. 336pp. $49.95 cloth ISBN 978-0-19-538316-4Poverty is one of the most loaded concepts in the social sciences. Scholars...
Dragon Fears
China's impact on Canada- US trade relationsDo Canadians and Americans view the world differently? Not always, but in the case of trade with China, they certainly do. Conventional perceptions about the impact of China on US and Canadian trade interests...
Europe's Place in Canadian Strategic Culture (1949-2009)
International relations theory has a disturbing tendency to treat states as though they were homogenous entities. Thus, realists and liberals alike speak of a national interest determined by a state's geopolitical or economic situation. Constructivists,...
Forceful Persuasion or Half-Hearted Diplomacy?
Lessons from the Kosovo crisisIn the first two years of his administration, US President Barack Obama has sought more cooperative relations with Iran and North Korea as a means of halting nuclear proliferation. While the US has backed these efforts with...
Great Powers in a Restrictive International Environment
Why did Sino- American and American- Soviet engagement make greater strides in the 1969 to 1979 period than in any earlier period, resulting in significant US-Soviet negotiations on arms control, including SALT, the basic principles agreement, the Helsinki...
Happy Handover
Thoughts on Sino-American relations in America's shadowThe United States is the offspring of an earlier successful great power - Great Britain. Christian refugees from Britain started the republican experiment in the new world. British phüosophers such...
Middle Powers during Great Power Transitions
China's rise and the future of Canada-US relationsWhat is the fate of middle powers during the transition of great powers in the international system? In particular, what happens to middle powers that are tethered to a declining unipolar power? Virtually...
NATO's New Strategic Concept, Nuclear Weapons, and Global Zero
On 19 November 2010, at the Lisbon summit, NATO heads of state and government signed the "new strategic concept." The first such policy declaration since the infamous terrorist attacks in New York and Washington on 11 September 2001, the document, entitled...
PIVOTAL DECADE: How the United States Traded Factories for Finance in the Seventies/STAYIN' ALIVE: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class
PIVOTAL DECADE How the United States Traded Factories for Finance in the Seventies Judith Stein New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2010. 367PP, $37.50 cloth ISBN 978-0-300-11818-6STAYIN' ALIVE The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class...
Reconfiguring Canadian Democracy Promotion
Convergence with the US approach?The promotion of democracy has been a key element of Canadian foreign policy and development assistance for over two decades. Although its contributions are still modest in comparison to those of other development agencies,...
RUSSIAN FOREIGN POLICY: Sources and Implications
RUSSIAN FOREIGN POLICY Sources and Implications Olga Oliker, Keith Crane, Lowell H. Schwartz, and Catherine Yusupov Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2009. 222 pp, US$42.50 paper ISBN: 978-0-8330-4607-9The book is an interesting study prepared by the...
Soaring Eagle, Crouching Dragon?
The likely prospect of continued American hegemonyOver the last decade many analysts have forecast the relative decline of the US in the face of rapid economic growth and developmental success in China. There has also been concern that China's rise carries...
THE EVOLUTION OF STRATEGY: Thinking War from Antiquity to the Present
THE EVOLUTION OF STRATEGY Thinking War From Antiquity to the Present Beatrice Heuser New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. 592pp, US$37.99 PaPerAfter a week's immersion in Beatrice Heuser's hefty volume, two words come to mind: encyclopaedic and...
The Future of American Global Power
The 2008 economic crisis spawned a wealth of speculation, academic and otherwise, on the future status of the United States in the international system. After approximately 20 years of America's unprecedented status as the sole dominant global power,...
THE GLOBALIZATION OF NATO: Intervention, Security and Identity
THE GLOBALIZATION OF NATO Intervention, Security and Identity Veronica M. Kitchen London and New York: Routledge, 2010. 153pp. US$125.00 hardcover ISBN 978-0415570176That the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is currently "in crisis" should not come...
The Legality of the International Criminal Court's Decision against Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan
The right of states to freely practice their independence is a basic traditional right under international law. It had long been thought that this right could not be practiced fully if heads of state, foreign ministers, and diplomatic agents feared investigation,...
Trilateral Environment and Sustainable Development
China signals an interest in being a good global environmental citizen and in becoming an environmentally friendly, resource-efficient society. These views are reaffirmed regularly by the Communist party of China, the president, and the prime minister,...
Uncertain Guardians
The UN security council's past and futureCriticism of the United Nations security coundl' s legitimacy has become a staple of commentary about the state of the world organization. World leaders who may agree on little else concur that the body's membership...
US-Canada Security
The Long Polar Watch and Canada's Changing Defence Policy 1957-1963Perhaps the most surprising element upon reviewing two books addressing US-Canada security from the 1960s - The Long Polar Watch by Melvin Conant and Canada's Changing Defense Policy...
US-China Military and Security Developments
Implications for CanadaThe rise of China, foretold for more than a century, brings with it multidimensional repercussions for Canada and the world. Significant changes in the areas of energy, the environment, industry, and trade are taking place against...