Academic journal article Military Review

Game Changer: The Impact of 9/11 on North American Security

Academic journal article Military Review

Game Changer: The Impact of 9/11 on North American Security

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GAME CHANGER: The Impact of 9/11 on North American Security

Edited by Jonathan Paquin and Patrick James, University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver, British Columbia, 2014, 288 pages

Game Changer is an assortment of essays by a group of notable scholars, edited by Jonathan Paquin and Patrick James, which provides a good understanding of twenty-first century North American hemispheric security integration. While also addressing the important issues of continuity within North American relations, it examines how and why security changes have taken place since 9/11. The main themes, threaded throughout the book, focus on the different threat perceptions between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and how the varying degree of differences in both interests and priorities of their respective governments play a vital role in diplomatic relations.

The fateful events of 9/11 changed the landscape in terms of security and trade within the North American continent. The themes of security and sovereignty took precedence over the themes of free trade and integration of economic enhancement between the three countries. The hegemony of the United States within the region allowed it to focus its efforts and policies by transforming the security environment. These efforts have had a pronounced impact on the ongoing North American Free Trade Agreement partners' efforts to coordinate their economic integration. These new security efforts led to cooperation as well as political tensions between the three North American partners.

The book is divided into two parts and is finished off with a conclusion that integrates answers and, at times, innovative recommendations derived from a number of security questions posed to the writers. …

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