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Articles from Vol. 63, No. 2, Spring

ANTI-AMERICANISMS IN WORLD POLITICS/AMERICANISM: The Fourth Great Western Religion
ANTI-AMERICANISMS IN WORLD POLITICS Peter J. Katzenstein and Robert O. Keohane, eds. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2007. 351pp, US $24.95 paper (ISBN 978-0801473517)AMERICANISM The Fourth Great Western Religion David Gelernter New York: Doubleday,...
A Responsibility to Rethink?
Challenging paradigms in human securityAs Victor Hugo once wrote, "not even armies can withstand an idea whose time has come." In the case of human security he may very well be right, but the emergence of differing conceptions of it has affected the...
Canada and United Nations Peace Operations
Challenges, opportunities, and Canada's responseCanadians take pride in the peacekeeping legacy of their country. Looking back over the history of United Nations (UN) peace operations, episodes that loom large include Lester B. Pearson's role in the...
Canada Needs a Defence Industrial Policy
In June 2006, the government announced $15 billion of military equipment purchases that included ships, trucks, helicopters, and transport planes. One might observe that the week of 26 June was a very good week for both the Canadian military and Canadian...
Canada's Experience with Managed Migration
The strategic use of temporary foreign worker programsMIGRATION SYSTEMS, MANAGED MIGRATION, AND TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKER PROGRAMSLike international trade patterns between exporting and importing countries, the movement of people across national-state...
CELEBRITY DIPLOMACY/I AM AMERICA: And So Can You!
CELEBRITY DIPLOMACY Andrew F. Cooper London: Paradigm Publishers, 2007. 160pp, US$18.95 paperback (ISBN 978-1594514791)I AM AMERICA And So Can You! Stephen Colbert New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2007. 240pp, US$26.99 hardback (ISBN 978-0446580502)Celebrities...
COMMUNICATION AND EMPIRE: Media, Markets and Globalization, 1860-1930
COMMUNICATION AND EMPIRE Media, Markets and Globalization, 1860-1930 Dwayne R. Winseck and Robert M. Pike Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007. xx, 429pp, US $24.95 (ISBN 978-0-8223-3928-1)Globalization is a topic de jour in the academic world, and...
From West to South to North
Russia engages and challenges its neighboursIt is hardly surprising that Russia's foreign policy is to a very large degree concerned with relations with its immediate neighbourhoods, which are uniquely diverse and often rich in violent conflicts. This...
HARPER'S TEAM: Behind the Scenes in the Conservative Rise to Power
HARPER'S TEAM Behind The Scenes In The Conservative Rise To Power Tom Flanagan Montreal and Kingston: McG ill-Queen's University Press, 2007. 326pp, $34.95 cloth (ISBN 978-0-7735-3298-4)Elections leading to change often produce many books, but the 2006...
Human Security
Did it live? Has it died? Does it matter?Over a decade after the release of the 1994 United Nations human development report, conversations about human security retain an academic tone. Perhaps this was to be expected. After all, a notion that rose to...
INTENT FOR A NATION: WHAT IS CANADA FOR? A Relentlessly Optimistic Manifesto for Canada's Role in the World
INTENT FOR A NATION: WHAT IS CANADA FOR? A Relentlessly Optimistic Manifesto for Canada's Role in the World Michael Byers Vancouver /Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre, 2007. 248pp, $32.95 cloth (ISBN 978-1-55365-250-2)Polemics create problems for reviewers....
Learning from Contingency
The case of World War IWorld War I was the dominant event of the 20th century. It hastened the ascendancy of the United States as the world's leading economic power, led to the breakup of the German, Austro-Hungarian, Russian, and Ottoman empires, and...
LEGACY OF ASHES: The History of the CIA
LEGACY OF ASHES The History of the CIA Tim Weiner Toronto: Doubleday, 2007. 702pp, $35.95 cloth (ISBN 978-0385514453)Writing about national intelligence systems can be very tricky work. Writing about American national intelligence is doubly so, and the...
Like Any Good Wife
Gender and perceptions of Canadian foreign policy, 1945-75The relationships between Canada and other nations, and especially those with Britain and the United States, have repeatedly been described through gendered imagery by academics, journalists,...
OIL, GAS AND OTHER ENERGIES: A Primer
OIL, GAS AND OTHER ENERGIES A Primer Albert Legault Translated by Barbara Chunn and Betsy McFarlane Paris: Editions TECHNIP, 2008. xix, 286pp, US$30.00 paper (ISBN 978-2-7108-0905-0)Usually, when political scientists and other scholars who specialize...
Resurgent Russian Economy?
Putin's policy without Putin?On 1 October 2007, two months before the parliamentary elections of 2 December 2007 and less than half a year before the presidential elections of 2 March 2008, President Vladimir Putin agreed to put his name on the electoral...
Russian Energy Policy and Its Domestic and Foreign Implications
ENERGY IN RUSSIA: WESTERN PERCEPTION AND THE DOMESTIC VIEWWere residents of one of the OECD countries to be asked why Russia is an important country in the world, their answers would likely mention two aspects. First, Russia is an important international...
Russia's Duma Elections and the Practice of Russian Democracy
Former President Vladimir Putin and official spokespersons for the Russian political leadership have repeatedly proclaimed their commitment to democratic values, but western observers and domestic critics are skeptical.1 The most recent election for...
Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia
Bangladesh's military is desperate to bring down these two former leaders-and it's dragging the whole country down with themCyclone Sidr was not the only storm to wreak havoc on Bangladesh last fall. The never-ending feud between the country's former...
SURRENDER IS NOT AN OPTION: Defending America at the United Nations and Abroad
SURRENDER IS NOT AN OPTION Defending America at the United Nations and Abroad John Bolton New York: Threshold Editions, 2007. 496pp, US $27.00 cloth (ISBN 1416552847)Before we get onto what this reviewer thinks of John Bolton's memoir, it is worth pondering...
The Beginner's Guide to Nation-Building
THE BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO NATION-BUILDING James Dobbins, Sefh G. Jones, Keith Crane, and Beth Cole DeGrasse Santa Monica, CA: RAND, 2006. 275pp, US$35.00 paper (ISBN 978-0833039880)There is a certain bitter irony in the title of the RAND Corporation's...
THE MESS THEY MADE: The Middle East after Iraq
THE MESS THEY MADE The Middle East After Iraq Gwynne Dyer Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2007. 267pp, $21.99 paper (ISBN 0771029802)Gwynne Dyer, a journalist and columnist, attempts to analyze all the prominent issues and actors in the current state...
The New World Order
US and Russia in the post-Soviet space-mutual squeezing or cooperation?The world has moved into a new era since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The bipolar world in which the global sociopolitical system was a hostage of relations between Moscow and...
THE UNEXPECTED WAR: Canada in Kandahar
THE UNEXPECTED WAR Canada in Kandahar Janice Gross Stein and Eugene Lang Toronto: Viking, 2007. 304pp, $35.00 cloth (ISBN 978-0670067220)As Afghanistan continues to generate headlines in Canada, many have come to wonder how and why Canada became engaged...
UNEASY NEIGHBO(U)RS: Canada, the USA and the Dynamics of State, Industry and Culture
UNEASY NEIGHBO(U)RS Canada, the USA and the Dynamics of State, Industry and Culture David T. Jones and David Kilgour Mississauga: John Wiley & Sons Canada, 2007. 352pp. $33.99 cloth (ISBN 978-0470153062)If Canada and the United States are best friends,...
Where War Lives
WHERE WAR LIVES Paul Watson Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 2007. 367pp, $34.99 cloth (ISBN 0771088221)"If you do this, I will own you forever." Those were the words journalist Paul Watson heard in his head as he took a picture of the desecrated body...
Would We Really Miss the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty?
The nuclear nonproliferation treaty (NPT) has been described by one of its proponents as the most ambitious attempt to extend the civilizing reach of the rule of law over humankind's destructive capacity.1 In fact, the NPT is perceived by many as indispensable...