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Articles from Vol. 61, No. 2, Spring

Building Diplomacy
BUILDING DIPLOMACY The Architecture of American Embassies Elizabeth Gill Lui Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2004. 268pp, US$50.00 cloth (ISBN 0-8014-4326-1)Elizabeth Gill Lui is an idealist. She perceives the American foreign service's work abroad...
"Canada, Meet Global China"
Atlases in any Canadian home invariably display a vast expanse of blue separating the land masses of Asia and North America. The two continents comfortably occupy different pages, usually in separate sections.We need a new kind of map. Globalization...
China Makes "Great Leaps Outward" in Regional Diplomacy
China makes the headlines nowadays, and the world is fascinated by the rise of China. Beijing has long been one of the five UN security council permanent members and a prominent nuclear power. Twice in the past two years Chinese astronauts riding "divine...
China on Our Minds: History and Policy in the Asia-Pacific World
"One aspect of a country's greatness," writes a Yale historian of modern China, "is surely its capacity to attract and retain the attention of others." By this standard China must rank among the most important and interesting of contemporary societies,...
China's Economic Rise and the New Geopolitics
BACK TO THE FUTUREFollowing a quarter of a century of robust, double-digit economic growth, China is now poised to overtake the United States as the world's largest economy (in purchasing power terms) within two to three decades. When this happens, China...
China's Economic Transformation: Global and Canadian Implications
Year after year China's economic transformation is the top cover story. Frequently the commentary is polarized between breathless optimism and suspicious skepticism, which usually means the truth lies somewhere in between. This will be true of many views...
China's Relations with Its Neighbours: Some Observations regarding Its Strategy and Tactics
It is a measure of China's vastness and its geographic dominance of east Asia that it shares land borders with 14 countries and maritime boundaries with several others. This article doesn't attempt to examine China's relations with all of its neighbours....
Does a Half-Full Glass Justify a Leap of Faith? Incremental Change and Human Rights in China
Debates concerning human rights and China typically revolve around a number of themes: the role of culture in identifying human rights and in implementing human rights schemes; the nature of the Chinese regime; and the impact of economic and legal reforms...
Elite-Led Democratization in China: Prospects, Perils, and Policy Implications
A wide consensus among scholars of China holds that if democratization comes about, it will be through an elite-led process of change. In this scenario, popular pressures from below are a spur to action at the top but by no means take its place. The...
Escott Reid
ESCOTT REID Diplomat and Scholar Edited by Greg Donaghy and Stéphane Roussel Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2004. xxiv, 144pp, $49.95 cloth (ISBN 0-7735-2713-3)Escott Reid was hardly one to appreciate the work of his colleagues,...
Fighting the Great War
FIGHTING THE GREAT WAR A Global History Michael S. Neiberg Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2005. xx, 395pp, US$27.95 cloth (ISBN 0-674-01696-3)Professor Neiberg has entered a crowded market. A decade ago, few short and accessible syntheses of...
Fight or Pay/hometown Horizons
FIGHT OR PAY Soldiers' Families in the Great War Desmond Morton Vancouver UBC Press, 2004. xx, 326pp, $39.95 cloth (ISBN 0-7748-1108-0)HOMETOWN HORIZONS Local Responses to Canada's Great War Robert Rutherdale Vancouver UBC Press, 2004. xxvi, 331pp, $85.00...
France in Crisis
FRANCE IN CRISIS Welfare, Inequality and Globalization since 1980 Timothy B. Smith Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. xi, 296pp, $21.75 paper (ISBN 0-521-60520-2).There are times when procrastination can be a good thing. This is one such: when...
Geopolitical Integrity
GEOPOLITICAL INTEGRITY Edited by Hugh Segal Montreal: Institute for Research on Public Policy, 2005. ii, 338pp, $29.95 paper (ISBN 0-8864-5189-2)In his introductory chapter, the editor of Geopolitical Integrity, Hugh Segal, sets up what could be an interesting...
Getting It Done
GETTING IT DONE A Memoir Derek H. Burney Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queetis University Press, 2005. xii, 208pp, $39.95 cloth (ISBN 0-7735-2926-8)"Getting it done" is an apt title. When Derek Burney is remembered by his colleagues and contemporaries,...
Gold, Dollars, and Power
GOLD, DOLLARS, AND POWER The Politics of International Monetary Relations, 1958-1971 Francis J. Gavin Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004. xvi, 263pp, $69.75 cloth (ISBN 0-8078-2823-8)In the literature on post-second World War international...
Icy Battleground
ICY BATTLEGROUND Canada, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, and the Seal Hunt Donald Barry St. John's: Breakwater Books, 2005. xiv, 167pp, $19.95 paper (ISBN 1-55081-211-4)This project began as an academic study of the European Community's decision...
Is Chinese Democracy Sustainable?
DIFFICULTIES WITH CHINESE DEMOCRACYVillage committee elections in rural areas began at the end of the 19805 and spread to the whole of China by 2001. Election reform later expanded in two directions: vertically, so that the direct election experiment...
Juno/holding Juno
JUNO Canadians at D-Day, June 6, 1944 Ted Barris Toronto: Thomas Allen, 2004. xxiv, 312pp, $34.95 cloth (ISBN 0-88762-133-3)HOLDING JUNO Canada's Heroic Defence of the D-Day Beaches, June 7-12, 1944 Mark Zuehlke Vancouver Douglas & McIntyre, 2005....
Michael Wilson: Canada's Ambassador to the US
APPOINTMENTAlmost 13 years after retiring from politics, the "unwild and uncrazy" Michael Wilson, the finance minister and then the international trade minister in the two majority governments of former conservative prime minister Brian Mulroney, was...
Promoting Responsibility and Accountability: Human Security and Canadian Corporate Conduct
It is the official position of Foreign Affairs Canada (FAC) that the best way to ensure Canadian corporate social responsibility (CSR) abroad, particularly with respect to human security, is to workin partnership with the private and non-governmental...
Russian Roulette: Canada's Role in the Race to Secure Loose Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons
Leonid Smirnov lives with his wife Natasha in the Moscow suburb of Podolsk where he once worked as a foreman at the Luch Scientific Production Association. Throughout the Cold War, the Luch site was used by the Soviets as a research and development facility...
Selective Adaptation and Institutional Capacity: Perspectives on Human Rights in China
Human rights policies and practices in the People's Republic of China have repeatedly been criticized for falling short of international standards. Although China has signed the international covenant on civil and political rights, so far it has ratified...
The Dominion and the Rising Sun
THE DOMINION AND THE RISING SUN Canada Encounters Japan, 1929-41 John D. Meehan Vancouver. UBC Press, 2004. xviii, 252pp, $85.00 cloth (ISBN 0-7748-1120-X), $29.95 paper (ISBN 0-7748-1121-8)The opening, in 1929, of its legation in Tokyo (the third overall...
The EU as a Civil-Military Crisis Manager: Coping with Internal Security Governance
It is not entirely unproblematic to speak of the European Union as a crisis manager. One could ask what kind of security-political actor the EU really is. The usual answer to that question is that it is an actor sui generis. The Union is neither a state...
The Ghosts of Medak Pocket
THE GHOSTS OF MEDAK POCKET The Story of Canada's Secret War Carol Off Toronto: Random House Canada, 2004. 310pp, $34.95 cloth (ISBN 0-679-31293-5)Carol Off examines the Medak Pocket fighting that involved Canadian peacekeepers and Croatian troops in...
The Great Dominion
THE GREAT DOMINION Winston Churchill in Canada, 1900-1954 David Dilks Toronto: Thomas Allen, 2005. xriv, 472pp, $45.00 doth (ISBN 0-88762-162-7)Released in May of last year to coincide with the 6oth anniversary of V-E Day, David Dilks' account of Winston...
The Opportunity
THE OPPORTUNITY America's Moment to Alter History's Course Richard N. Haass New York: Public Affairs, 2005. 256pp, $34.95 cloth (ISBN 1-58648-276-9), $15.95 paper (ISBN 1-58648-453-2)A former official in the US government with a wealth of experience...
War
WAR The New Edition Gwynne Dyer Toronto: Random House Canada, 2004. xii, 484pp, $39.95 cloth (ISBN o-679-31311-7)This is a substantially updated edition of a work first published, in connection with a popular television series, some 20 years ago. The...