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In the Shadow of the USA: Canada’s Development of an ‘Americas Strategy’ si...

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Dr Hector Mackenzie (Global Affairs Canada; Carleton University) - One of the distinctive emphases of recent Canadian foreign policy has been its attempt to develop an overall strategy for Canada’s relations with the Americas and the treatment of its bilateral and multilateral dealings with its neighbours in the Western Hemisphere as one of its key priorities in foreign, trade and development policies. This lecture places this initiative in the context of Canada’s post-1939 international relations and especially the historical tendency of Canadian governments to pay greater attention to the North Atlantic and especially to relations with the United States and, to a lesser extent, the United Kingdom and considerably less to the rest of the world, including Latin America and the Caribbean.

More recently, there has been a greater awareness of how Canada’s values and interests could be advanced with partners in the Americas. This talk attempts to show how contemporary initiatives are built on the foundation of the past yet involve some significant differences from what has gone before.

Dr. Hector Mackenzie is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Oxford University, from where he received his DPhil in Politics (International Relations) on Anglo-Canadian economic relations in the Second World War. After teaching at the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario, he joined the Department of External Affairs as an historian. He has been the Senior Departmental Historian of what is now Global Affairs Canada since 1991. He is an adjunct professor of history at Carleton University, where he frequently teaches courses in Canadian history, and a past President of the Association for Canadian Studies. He has also published extensively on the history of Canada’s international relations. The views expressed in this lecture are his alone, not those of Global Affairs Canada or the Government of Canada.

Attendance to this event is free of charge, but registration is required. IMPORTANT NOTE on access to 51 Gordon Square: in order to ensure the smooth delivery of the lectures or presentations, and for ease of logistics, access may be restricted after the start of the event. We will endeavour to accommodate late arrivals within our possibilities, but an early arrival is recommended to avoid disappointment.

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