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Canadian Foreign Policy Strategies
A review of Canada's foreign policy strategies and how they serve Canada's interests.
# 153331 | 2,087 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on May 22, 2013 in Canadian Studies (Government and Government Policy)

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This paper examines Canadian foreign policy strategies, specifically, the Canadian foreign policy of multilateralism and the nuclear policy strategy, to highlight how such policy strategies promote the country's interests. The paper also explains how these policy strategies demonstrate the country's participation in the leadership forum for promoting global peace and security. The paper emphasizes that by respecting international laws dealing with the environment, human rights, free market, the rule of law and governance, Canada can effectively serve or further its economic and security interests both domestically and globally.

Policy of Multilateralism versus Canadian Interests and Values
Nuclear Policy Strategy versus Canadian Values and Interest

From the Paper:

"Canada operates a policy of multilateralism which can be seen in its membership of international political institutions. This explains the country's membership of numerous international institutions, including World Health organizations (WHO), Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation(APEC), Arctic Council and the United Nations. Over the years, Canada's involvement with these organizations have been favored not only by its citizens but also by its trade partners(Wylie 2010, 187-9).
"Canada's policy of multilateralism and its support for international multilateral organizations and institutions have many implications. For instance, the country's support for these institutions affect its foreign policy, especially as it relates to issues on war and sanctions. This explained the country's unwillingness to support military action against Iraq, a proposal made by its traditional allies, namely the United States and Britain(Slater 2010, 5-89; Kukucha and Duane 2006, 7-92). Note that Canada's decision would have been different if the action was endorsed by the United Nations Security Council. This assertion is simply a reflection of the fact that the main interest of Canadian government in this regard is what the UN Security Council needs and not on the actions of its allies as it relates to military actions in Iraq. The message from this short analysis is clear: the country's policy of multilateralism is closely tied to both its interests and values as a sovereign nation and to that of UN Security Council. It is astonishingly strange that the country can adopt such a stance given the fact that it is not even a member of that council."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bosold David, Hynek Nik, and Clarkson Stephen. Canada's Foreign and Security Policy: Soft and Hard Strategies of a Middle Power. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2010
  • Bow, Brian and Lennox Patrick. An Independent Foreign Policy for Canada? Challenges and Choices for the Future. Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2008.
  • Heather A. Smith. "The Disciplining Nature of Canadian Foreign Policy." in Canadian Foreign Policy in Critical Perspective, edited by Beier Marshal and Lana Wylie, 3-7. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • James Patrick, Michaud Nelson, and O'Reilly Marc. Handbook of Canadian Foreign Policy. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2006.
  • Kukucha Christopher and Duane Bratt. Readings in Canadian Foreign Policy: Classic Debates and New Ideas. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2006.

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