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Wishful Thinking: Democracy Promotion in the Americas under Harper

Legler, Thomas

International Journal, September 2012, Vol.67(3), pp.583-602 [Tạp chí có phản biện]

ISSN: 0020-7020 ; E-ISSN: 2052-465X ; DOI: 10.1177/002070201206700303

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  • Nhan đề:
    Wishful Thinking: Democracy Promotion in the Americas under Harper
  • Tác giả: Legler, Thomas
  • Chủ đề: History & Archaeology ; International Relations
  • Là 1 phần của: International Journal, September 2012, Vol.67(3), pp.583-602
  • Mô tả: Various authors have noted that Canada has an inconsistent record when it comes to both democracy promotion and a broader commitment to the Americas. [George A. MacLean] observes that despite rhetoric, Canada's involvement in the western hemisphere has historically been "fickle" and characterized more by "fits and starts" than any coherent and sustained policy approach.3 Jean Daudelin speaks of the "volatility" of Canada's policy in the Americas and reminds us that roughly every twenty years, Canada rediscovers the Americas.4 A review of the pertinent literature suggests that the ups and downs of Canada's democracy promotion and Americas policy framework are linked to limits in its hemispheric interests, including challenges to its trade-driven agenda, the bilateral relationship with the United States, and a lack of region-wide security concerns. As Daudelin and MacLean argue, despite all the hype to the contrary, Canada still does not have strong vested interests in the region, and accordingly, there are not any significant repercussions to reneging on its policy commitments.5 Still, as I suggest below, a perspective that focuses on the social construction of Canada's national interests could help illuminate the prospects for an enhanced role for Canadian democracy promotion in the Americas. Returning to the previous discussion of the literature, none of these rationales appears to be wedded to Canada's key national interests in the Americas. With respect to democratic security, no country in the region presents a clear threat to Canada's security in a traditional sense. Canada's comparative advantages as a country with something unique to offer by way of democracy promotion may help in the delivery of democracy assistance, but these advantages do not make a compelling argument for democracy promotion over other competing government priorities. [Jennifer M. Welsh]'s third and fourth rationales concerning Canada's international reputation presents the challenge of constructing national interests on symbolic grounds rather than tangible or material benefits. Canadian efforts to promote democracy in the Americas are not clearly linked with Canadian wellbeing. [Hugh Segal] responded to the question of why the standing committee's main proposal for a democracy promotion foundation died in cabinet to say, "My suspicion is that particular submission did not have the depth to it."4° 26 John M. Kirk and Peter McKenna, "[Stephen Harper]'s Cuba Policy: From Autonomy to Americanization?" Canadian Foreign Policy Journal 15, no. ? (2009): 21-39; [Thomas Legier] and Baranyi, "El largo compromiso de Canadá con Cuba"; Heather ?. Nicol, ""CanadaCuba Relations: An Ambivalent Media and Policy," Canadian Foreign Policy Journal 16, no. ? (2010): 103-18; Lana Wylie, "Reassessing Canada's relationship with Cuba in an era of change," Foreign Policy for Canada's Tomorrow, Canadian International Council (October 2010).
  • Ngôn ngữ: English
  • Số nhận dạng: ISSN: 0020-7020 ; E-ISSN: 2052-465X ; DOI: 10.1177/002070201206700303

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