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Diplomatic Departures The Conservative Era in Canadian Foreign Policy, 1984 - 93 by Nelson Michaud

Diplomatic Departures The Conservative Era in Canadian Foreign Policy, 1984 - 93

Part of the Canada and International Relations Series


Diplomatic Departures The Conservative Era in Canadian Foreign Policy, 1984 - 93 by Nelson Michaud

During the nine years that the Conservatives under Brian Mulroney held power in Ottawa, Canadian foreign policy underwent a series of important departures from established policy. Some of these changes mirrored the major transformations in global politics that occurred during this period as the Berlin Wall was breached, the Cold War came to an end, and a globalized economy emerged. But some of the changes were the results of initiatives taken by the Conservative government. The first major scholarly examination of the foreign policy of this period, this collection explores and analyzes the many departures from traditional Canadian statecraft that took place during the Mulroney Conservative era: free trade with the U.S., a continentalized energy policy, initiatives over the environment and the Arctic, the withdrawal of Canadian forces from Europe, and the transformation of peacekeeping into peacemaking.


A pleasure to report that the Michaud-Nossal collection is not only timely but comprehensible, with generally well written essays assigned to important topics. Readers will come away vastly better informed about the twists and turns - and continuities - of Canadian foreign policy in the 1980s - what it was, how it was made, and where it fits. - Robert Bothwell, International Journal

About the Author

Nelson Michaud teaches at the Ecole nationale d'administration publique (Universite du Quebec) and is Research Fellow at the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies at Dalhousie University. Kim Richard Nossal is the Department Head of Political Studies at Queen's University. Contributors: Barbara McDougall, Denis Stairs, Brian Tomlin, Tammy L. Nemeth, Heather Smith, Rob Huebert, Norrin Ripsman, Manon Tessier, Michel Fortmann, Luc Bernier, Gordon Mace, Andrew F. Cooper, David M. Black, Paul Gecelovsky, Tom Keating, J.H. Taylor, Claire Turenne Sjolander, and Roy Norton.

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Publication date

1st May 2002


Nelson Michaud

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University of British Columbia Press


344 pages


International relations
Central government policies
Conservatism & right-of-centre democratic ideologies
History: specific events & topics



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