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Articles from Vol. 65, No. 2, Spring

1989/a Little War That Shook the World
1989 The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War Europe Mary Elise S arotte Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2009. 344PP, US$29.95 cloth ISBN 978-0691143064A LITTLE WAR THAT SHOOK THE WORLD Georgia, Russia and the Future of the West Ronald D. Asmus...
Alliance and Illusion
ALLIANCE AND ILLUSION Canada and the World, 1945-1984 Robert Bothwell Vancouver University of British Columbia Press, 2007. 464PP, $34.95 paper ISBN 978-0-7748-1369-3REVIEW I: ALLAN GOTLIEB/BENNETT JONES LLPThat Canadians know little about their country's...
America's Army
AMERICA'S ARMY Making the All Volunteer Force Beth Bailey Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2009. 352pp, US$29.95 cloth ISBN 13978-0674035362Beth Bailey has written a marvellous book about an important topic. Her exploration of the US army's transition...
Canada's International Security Strategy
Beyond reason hut not hope?The failure of Canadians to define a satisfactory strategic policy or to produce a native school of strategic thinking may to some extent be attributed to the difficulty of producing a rational strategy for an irrationally...
Canada's Voice
CANADA'S VOICE The Public Life of John Wendell Holmes Adam Chapnick Vancouver UBC Press, 2009. 384pp, $32.95 paper ISBN 978-0774816724Adam Chapnick has written a fascinating and extremely well-researched book about John Wendell Holmes, whose work for...
Can the United Nations Do Anything?
John W. Holmes and the political will of member statesThe persistent question of whether the United Nations is doing a good job, which the simple-minded pollsters keep putting to their publics, puts the issue upside down. The United Nations cannot do...
Deadly Decay
Great power decline and cataclysmic warWar does not always arise from mere wickedness or folly. It sometimes arises from mere growth and movement. Humanity will not stand still.Gilbert MurrayInternational politics is a realm buffeted by great forces...
Fire and the Full Moon
FIRE AND THE FULL MOON Canada and Indonesia in a Decolonizing World David Webster Vancouver University of British Columbia Press, 2009. 272PP, $32.95 paper ISBN 9780774816847In standard texts on post-Second World War Canadian foreign policy, Indonesia...
From Obscurity to Action
Why Canada must tackle the security dimensions of climate changeHumanity is conducting an unintended, uncontrolled, globally pervasive experiment whose ultimate consequences could be second only to a global nuclear war.1This was the consensus conclusion...
Grappling with Peace
I do not really think that we will get closer to peace by multiplying the number of peace technicians working in laboratories on scientific lines. We have to grapple with the untidy problems of the real world rather than retreat into an atmosphere where...
John W. Holmes and Canadian International Relations Theory
The first priority of Canadian defence policy is not and has not been for a century the defence of Canada... [it] is the defence of an international system favourable to our secunty and survival.John W Holmes 19871Defending the system, rather than the...
John W. Holmes and the Diplomacy of Lesser Powers
Do his guidelines still apply?It is necessary to bear in mind.. .that the diplomacy of lesser powers is a diplomacy not of pressure but of influence, with certain rules:You need negotiators of first-class personal stature.You can achieve more by quiet...
John W. Holmes and the Reconciliation of Immoderate Views
Canadians, a moderate people by repute, too often have immoderate views of what we can do in the world, fluctuating between pretension and denigration. We see ourselves either as saints and crusaders or fools and cowards. There is a little of all these...
John W. Holmes: A Re-Introduction
For close to 50 years, John W Holmes (1910-1988) played a leading role in the development and interpretation of Canada and its place in the world. Long-time students of Canadian foreign policy still recall his remarkable abilities as a diplomat, essayist,...
Negotiating with Uncle Sam
Plus ça change, plus c'est la même choseThe truth is, of course, that we [Canada and the United States] are about as close as we can possibly be. History and geography looked after that. We cannot disentangle ourselves or put up walls. Coping is inevitable.John...
Nils ØRvik's "Defence against Help"
The descriptive appeal of a prescriptive strategyFour catchphrases encapsulate the history of Canadian defence policy since 1945. When accounting for Canada's involvement in military alliances and operations, scholars often borrow Lieutenant-General...
No Enchanted Palace/un Ideas That Changed the World
NO ENCHANTED PALACE The End of Empire and the Ideological Origjns of the United Nations Mark Mazower Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009. 236PP, $28.95 cloth ISBN 978-0-691-13521-2UN IDEAS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD Richard Jolly, Louis Emmerij,...
Paradigms and Paradoxes
Canadian foreign policy in theory, research, and practiceA sound foreign policy must be based on the acceptance of paradox. This is true for great powers, but it is especially true for a middle power whose reach ought not to exceed its grasp. However...
Partners in Development
PARTNERS IN DEVELOPMENT Report of the Commission on International Development Lester B. Pearson, chairman and editor New York: Praeger, 1969. 399PP, $2.50 paperShortly after its first print run in 1969, the UKPrime Minister Harold Wilson said of the...
Seeing the Glass Half Full
John W. Holmes, optimism, and the making of Canadian foreign policyOptimism is an instrument of policy.John W Holmes, 1983'In an age in which Canadian foreign policy appears to be increasingly defined by pessimism, it is nice to hear a voice of optimism,...
The Constant Diplomat
THE CONSTANT DIPLOMAT Robert Ford in Moscow Charles A. Ruud Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queeris, 303PP, $39.95 cloth ISBN 9780-773535855Robert Ford, diplomat and poet, retired from the Canadian embassy in Moscow in 1980. By then, notwithstanding a...
The Deeper Roots of Faith and Foreign Policy
To the obvious relief of many, it appears that the wave that carried the religious right to power in the United States has crested. Though domestic issues such as health care or the environment threaten to enfiarne partisan and ideological tensions in...
The Indo-US Civilian Nuclear Agreement
What's the big deal?The year 2008 saw a paradigm shift in US foreign policy. The US signed the "123" civilian nuclear agreement (referred to as the nuclear deal or simply the deal) with India, a country that is not a nuclear nonproliferation treaty signatory,...
Toward a More Managed International Monetary System?
For the first time in modern history, leading emerging nations have a real chance to shape the evolution of the world economy. Key actors in this scenario are the BRIC countries - Brazil, Russia, India, and China - whose growing presence on the global...