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Canada Among Nations 2001: The Axworthy Legacy

Addressing the important legacy of the departing Minister of Foreign Affairs Lloyd Axworthy, this book explores one of the most influential men in recent years, in part because of his instrumental role in the creation of the Land Mines treaty. The volume is divided into two parts: the first section assess Axworthy's foreign policy legacy; the second looks to a new and emerging set of issues for the future.

When Lloyd Axworthy became Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs in January 1996 he brought to his new cabinet portfolio a deep interest in international affairs and a strong desire to make a difference in a post-Cold War world that festered with brutal civil wars--the lingering effects both of colonialism and of the superpower standoff of the previous decades. His initiatives on landmines, the International Criminal Court, war-affected children, and United Nations Security Council reform, as well as his efforts to involve civil society in the policy process, contributed to his reputation as an innovative thinker and foreign policy activist.

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At the same time, Axworthy raised Canada's international profile to extraordinary--and controversial--heights. Some academic and military analysts of a realist bent found much to criticize in the Axworthy doctrine that focused on human security while appearing to sidestep the hard realities of state-centred power politics.

The Axworthy Legacy, the seventeenth volume in the Canada Among Nations series produced by The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, offers a thorough assessment of the foreign policy achievements and setbacks of Axworthy's tenure in office, and considers the extent to which the Axworthy years will have a lasting impact on the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, on Canada's place in international affairs and on global human security.

Contributors to this volume also examine the changes that are likely to occur under new Foreign Minister, John Manley, and emerging issues in Canadian foreign and security policy. These include international environmental accords, the proposed US National Missile Defense, the place of Africa in Canadian foreign policy thinking, and the possible impact that newly elected governments in Mexico and the United States, Canada's two NAFTA partners, will have on Canadian foreign and trade policy.

  • Contributors
  • Abbreviations
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1.The Return to Continentalism in Canadian Foreign Policy - Fen Osler Hampson, Norman Hillmer, Maureen Appel Molot
  • Chapter 2.The Changing Office and the Changing Environment of the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Axworthy Era - Denis Stairs, Dalhousie University
  • Chapter 3.The Canadian Forces of Human Security: A Redundant or Relevant Military? - Vincent Rigby, Department of National Defence Part I: Assessing The Record
  • Chapter 4.The Axworthy Revolution - Norman Hillmer and Adam Chapnick, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Toronto, and Norman Hillmer
  • Chapter 5.In the Liberal Tradition: Lloyd Axworthy and Canadian Foreign Policy - John English, University of Waterloo
  • Chapter 6.An Assessment of the US Contribution to Global Human Security - Earl Fry, Brigham Young University, USA
  • Chapter 7.Humanizing the UN Security Council - Michael Pearson, Independent Consultant (former Senior Policy Advisor of two Canadian Foreign Ministers, 1993-7 )
  • Chapter 8.The Axworthy Years: Canadian Foreign Policy in the Era of Diminished Capacity - Daryl Copeland, member of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Part II: After Axworthy: Emerging Issues in Canadian Foreign and Security Policy
  • Chapter 9.US Leadership on Global Economic Issues: From Bill Clinton to George W. Bush - Susan Ariel Aaronson, Senior Fellow at the National Policy Association
  • Chapter 10.Africa in Canadian Foreign Policy 2000: The Human Security Agenda - Chris Brown, Carleton University
  • Chapter 11.Chicken Defence Lines Needed: Canadian Foreign Policy and Global Environmental Issues - Heather A. Smith, University of Northern British Columbia
  • Chapter 12.National Missile Defence, Homeland Defence, and Outer Space: Policy Dilemmas in the Canada-US Relationship - James Fergusson, University of Manitoba
  • Chapter 13.Civil Society and the Axworthy Touch - Allison Van Rooy, Research Associate with the North-South Institute in Ottawa
  • Chapter 14.Mexico under Vicente Fox: What Can Canada Expect? - Judith Teichman, University of Toronto
  • Chapter 15.In Support of Peace: Canada, the Brahimi Report, and Human Security - Grant Dawson, Ph.D. Candidate, Carleton University
Edited by Fen Hampson, Professor of International Affairs at The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Norman Hillmer, Professor of History, Carleton University, and Maureen Appel Molot, Professor, Carleton University . Published by Oxford University Press, 2001.
Catalogue No. 0-19-541667-8
Price $28.95
Format Softcover
Pages 318
Language English only
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Last modified: June 26, 2001

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