13 September 2005

Renewing Canada's foreign and defence policies

Russ Kuykendall asks: What would Pearson do?, the reference, of course, being to the late Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957 and sought to see Canada live up to its international obligations, including those to its much larger neighbour to the south. Might hope for the future be found in a Community of Democracies functioning as either a caucus within the United Nations or independently? Kuykendall thinks so, and I'm inclined to agree that it's worth taking a look at. Incidentally, Kuykendall's proposal appears to be compatible with one made two years ago by James W. Skillen in Iraq, Terrorism, and the New American Security Strategy, as well as in his recent book, With or Against the World? America's Role Among the Nations.

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