Counterweights

Counterweights

The Failure of Canada's German and European Policy, 1955-1995

eBook - 1997
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McGill Queens Univ Pr
Focusing on Canadian-German defence relations from 1955 to 1995, Roy Rempel examines the evolution of Canada's bilateral relationship with Germany in the context of the broader goals and objectives of Canadian foreign policy. He argues that Canadian decision makers have often been ignorant of the important role played by the military in supporting these objectives and that, as a result, Canada's defence policy has often been ad hoc, ill-considered, and badly implemented. Ultimately this has undermined and destroyed the Canadian government's attempts to construct a European political and economic counterweight to the United States.

Rempel traces pivotal events in the development of the bilateral relationship between Canada and West Germany, from Canada's policy on the admission of West Germany into NATO in 1954-55, through Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's 1969 decision to reduce Canada's forces in Europe by half, to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney's 1992 decision to withdraw Canadian military forces from Europe entirely. He looks at the development of the missions and functions of the Canadian forces in Germany and assesses why Canada has failed in its efforts to integrate the political, economic, and military dimensions of its foreign policy. Counterweights highlights the profound implications of Canada's failure to develop a coordinated defence policy to support its international objectives in its present-day relations with both Europe and the United States.


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A policy analyst for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador charges that Canadian bi-lateral defense relations with Germany have been ad hoc, ill-considered, and badly implemented because decision makers have been ignorant of the important role played by the military in supporting broader policy goals. Canadian card order number: C96-990022-8. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Publisher: Montreal ; Kingston : McGill-Queen's University Press, 1997
ISBN: 0773515070
Characteristics: xi, 270 p., [6] p. of plates : ill
Additional Contributors: ProQuest (Firm)

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