International Journal

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Articles from Vol. 56, No. 2, Spring

[America & the World, 1898-2025: Achievements, Failures & Alternative Futures]
This is a wonderful book for an upper-level course in United States foreign policy. It is provocative, engaging, and covers a wide range of issues pertaining to both the substance of United States foreign policy and policy-making. While it considers...
[Blazes along a Diplomatic Trail: A Memoir of Four Posts in Canada's Foreign Service]
The rising number of memoirs published by Canadian diplomats in recent years strikes a different note from that heard in the memoirs of the preceding generation. The memoirists of the 'golden age' were disposed to recall, expansively, how they had grappled...
[Canada's Early Nuclear Policy: Fate, Chance & Character]
During his last frantic year in office, Pierre Trudeau undertook a 'peace mission,' visiting improbable venues in pursuit of universal harmony and trust. In the process he said a great deal that was familiar and a great deal that was unnecessary, but,...
European Defence and NATO: The Case for New Governance
THE ASPIRATION AMONG WEST EUROPEAN governments to co-operate not just on economic and trade policies but also on security and defence goes back to the years immediately after World War II.(f.1) The Brussels Treaty Organization (1948) and the subsequent...
Falungong and Canada's China Policy
ZHANG KUNLUN, A FORMER MCGILL UNIVERSITY visiting professor who holds both Canadian and Chinese passports, returned to China on his Chinese passport in 1996 to take care of his ailing mother-in-law. In July 2000, he was detained for one month for performing...
Good Grief! the Politics of Debating NMD: A Reply to Frank Harvey [National Missile Defence]
ON AN EPISODE OF EVERY POLITICAL JUNKIE'S favourite television programme, The West Wing, Leo McGarry, the chief of staff, wants to convince President Bartlett to support a national missile defence. In an attempt to make his point, he invites Bartlett...
Hemispheric Integration in the Post-Seattle Era: The Promise and Problems for the FTAA
THE SEA-CHANGE TOWARD (MORE COMPLICATED) ECONOMIC ISSUESToday, public discourse rings with economic jargon that only twenty years ago was the exclusive purview of academic economists and policy wonks. Terms such as 'interdependence,' 'integration,' 'velocity'...
More Than a Star Turn: Canadian Hybrid Diplomacy and the OAS Mission to Peru
THE PRACTICE OF CANADIAN MISSION-ORIENTED diplomacy where and when it is needed has attracted considerable controversy. To its proponents, it is a creative and requisite break from the restrictive practices of traditional Canadian statecraft. The fundamental...
National Missile Defence Revisited, Again: A Reply to David Mutimer
DAVID MUTIMER'S RESPONSE TO MY ARTICLE is a step in the right direction, although proponents and critics of NMD are still not fully engaged in constructive dialogue. Unfortunately, it falls well short of addressing the many logical errors and contradictions...
Probing the After-Myth of Seattle: Canadian Public Opinion on International Trade, 1980-2000
FOR THE OFFICIAL PARTICIPANTS, the third ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Seattle in December 1999 failed spectacularly, with tens of thousands of protestors battling thousands of police. After the long anticipated Battle...
[Smokestack Diplomacy: Cooperation & Conflict in East-West Environmental Politics]
MIT Press has added yet another excellent book to its series on Strategies for Sustainability and Institutional Innovation. Robert Darst examines three issues in which East-West relations have undergone serious shifts since the fall of the Soviet Union:...
Soldiers and War: A Top Ten List [War as Portrayed in Books and Movies]
WHY A TOP TEN LIST ABOUT 'SOLDIERS?'Most people, even those who study war and international relations, do not spend much time thinking about 'soldiers' per se. Images of them in the popular culture are derived mostly from fiction or glamorized history....
[The New Politics of Financing the UN]
Since the earliest days of the United Nations, money, or more specifically, who pays how much to the UN and for what, has been a bone of contention. Of course, the friction caused by financial matters took on a higher profile than usual in a couple of...
The Rise of Liberal Economics in South Africa
BETWEEN 21 AND 28 MAY 2000, THABO MBEKI paid his first visit to the United States since his election as president of South African. Though he stressed the many positive dimensions of United States-South Africa bilateral relations, he lamented the absence...
Whither NATO-Russia Co-Operation
In 1999, IN EARLY SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS as the new secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Lord Robertson was already defining his most pressing task as rebuilding NATO's relationship with Russia, a relationship that had been...