Canada Among Nations, 2009-2010: As Others See Us

February 23, 2010

Marking the 25th anniversary of the series, this edition of Canada Among Nations assesses Canada's prospects in a world in which the United States will become more pre-eminent than predominant. The rise of China, India, Russia and Brazil as well as the increased significance of Europe and the further development of Africa are all transforming the context in which Canadians live. The volume includes contributions by leading Canadian and foreign practitioners and scholars.

Canada will need to formulate sound policies on key issues such as energy and environmental sustainability, nuclear nonproliferation, human rights, trade and investment, Afghanistan and the Middle East. Astute bilateral diplomacy and constructive engagement in multilateral forums such as the United Nations and the G20 will be crucial to Canada's success. Contributors to this volume critique Canada’s performance on the world stage, offering advice on initiatives Canada can take on its own and in the common interest.

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About the Authors

With a distinguished career in Canadian diplomacy — including posts as ambassador to Germany, permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) and adviser to various prime ministers, Paul Heinbecker is one of Canada’s most experienced commentators on foreign policy and international governance. Paul is also the director of the Centre for Global Relations at Wilfrid Laurier University.