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Articles from Vol. 62, No. 3, Summer

A Model Power for a Troubled World?
Canadian national interests and human security in the 21st centuryCanada greeted the approach of the new millennium with apocryphal visions of global economic breakdown resulting from an electronic glitch-Y2K-and its potential interruption of technologically...
A Pattern of Constraint
Canadian-American relations in the early Cold WarThe nature of the Canadian-American relationship during the Korean War (1950-53) has been debated for over 30 years. In 1974, political scientist Denis Stairs argued that Canadians pressed for greater...
A Question of Balance
A QUESTION OF BALANCE How France and the United States Created Cold War Europe Michael Creswell Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2006. 238pp. US$49.95 cloth (0674022971).The question of how and when the Cold War started remains hotly contested...
Boris Berezovsky
Russia's first billionaire and political maverick still has it in for Vladimir PutinAs politicians and dignitaries descended upon Moscow to attend the funeral of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin, Boris Berezovsky could only pay tribute to his friend...
Contextual Approaches to Human Security
Canada and Japan in the BalkansDuring the last decade, human security has made its way into policy discourses. According to the UNDP's widely acknowledged approach, the term implies, on the one hand, safety from chronic threats such as hunger, disease,...
Emancipatory Forms of Human Security and Liberal Peacebuilding
Peacekeeping, peacebuilding, and reconstruction are activities now closely associated with liberal state-building, and in this context human security has become a validating concept of the overall project's goals, even though many international actors...
Intellectualism in US Diplomacy
Paul Wolfowitz and his predecessorsWhen someone is honestly 55 percent right, that's very good and there's no use wrangling. And if someone is 60 percent right, it's wonderful, it's great luck, and let him thank God. But what's to be said about 75 percent...
Legal Discourses on Peacemaking/peacekeeping/peacebuilding
International law as a new topos for human securityA CONCEPTUAL TOPOGRAPHYThere are multiple ontological explanations for, and technical definitions of, peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding. However, the post-Cold War explanatory framework, provided...
Make Law Not War?
Canada and the challenge of international law in the age of terror"I believe in peacekeeping, not policing!" - or so went "Joe Canadian" - the protagonist in the famous beer advertisement that played across Canadian television screens in April 2000....
NATO's Strategic Direction after Riga
NATO's post-Cold War adaptationA grand strategy requires a grand vision, and that is what NATO leaders sought to provide in recent years. The core of this effort has been and continues to be to embrace a global perspective and the strategic requirements...
Normative Values and Economic Deficits in Postconflict Transformation
When he [Ashdown] carne to Bosnia, he published a manifesto called "For jobs and justice." But there are no jobs and there is no justice. The only thing he is interested in is being able to write a report at the end of his term boasting of all his "reforms."1It...
Peace at Any Price
PEACE AT ANY PRICE How the World Failed Kosovo Iain King and Whit Mason Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2006. 328pp. US$27.95, cloth (978-0-8014-4539-2).The United Nations interim administration mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) recently entered its ninth...
Response/Answer
Re: "Michael Ignatieff: Idealism and the challenge of the lesser evil" by Michael Cotey MorganMichael Cotey Morgan draws a detailed and impressive portrait of Michael Ignatieff's thinking.1 However, he fails to describe the large divergence between the...
The European Union
From conflict prevention to "preventive engagement, " still a civilian power lacking a strategic cultureOne of the difficulties encountered by EU foreign policy can be traced back to the fact that it was defined and implemented in a constantly changing...
The Globalizers
THE GLOBALIZERS The IMF, the World Bank and Their Borrowers Ngaire Woods Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2006. 253pp. US$29.95 cloth (0801444241).On either side of 19th street in Washington, DC stand the structures at the core of international financial...
The Lights That Failed
THE LIGHTS THAT FAILED European International History 1919-1933 Zara Steiner Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005. xv, 938pp. US$60.00 cloth (0199226865).The years from the first to the second world wars have lately been the subject of attempted revisionism...
The Paradox of Afghanistan
Stability operations and the renewal of Canada's international security policy?The Canadian commitment to Afghanistan has singularly focused the attention of policymakers in Ottawa. Canada's contribution was initially limited to a naval interdiction...
The Shia Revival
THE SHIA REVIVAL How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future Vali Nasr New York: WW Norton and Co, 2006. 287pp. US$25.95 cl°th (0393062112).In their efforts to explain the politics and conflicts of the Middle East, both scholars and journalists...
The UN Record on Peacekeeping Operations
Today, United Nations peacekeeping is the multidimensional management of a complex peace operation, usually following the termination of a civil war, designed to provide interim security and assist parties to make those institutional, material, and ideational...
Unfulfilled Promises
Women and peace in post-Taliban AfghanistanBACKGROUNDFollowing 30 years of protracted conflict, Afghanistan has begun a slow and laborious path to peace, and Canada has been one of its most staunch supporters both in words and deeds. Understanding the...
What Kind of Security?
Guest editors' introductionThe perception of the Cold War nuclear era in the west was of a clear and present threat from the Soviet Union that had to be matched by the United States and its allies. The Cold War superimposed on the international security...