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72nd Annual Summer Conference, August 7–10, 2003


Suggested Reading for 2003 Couchiching Summer Conference
Continentalism: What’s in it for us?

BOOKS

An Autumn of War: What American Learned from September 11 and the War on Terrorism
Victor Davis Hanson
Anchor Books
“Why do they hate us?” is the wrong question to ask after September 11, writes Hanson; war and tragedy are to be expected, as the ancients knew. Hanson’s classicism informs this collection of essays that appeared mostly on National Review Online, presented here chronologically, from September (when, he argues, “we had no choice but to counterattack long and hard”) through December 2001, when he considers the implications of that counterattack.

Canada and the North American Challenge: Managing Relations in Light of the New Security Environment
Preliminary Report of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade
This report considers whether Canadians can and should craft a North American community for the next generation, and notes many alternatives offered by leading Canadians from across the country, and comes to a well-taken consensus about the best way to proceed.

Canada Among Nations 2000: Vanishing Borders
Maureen Appel Molot and Fen Osler Hampson
Oxford University Press
A collection of essays by leading Canadian academics and policy makers who offer an explanation of how NAFTA has homogenized Canada, the United States and Mexico, and its impact on domestic and foreign policies, productivity, trade, labour market issues and multilateral security commitments in NATO and the UN.

The Coming Anarchy: Shattering the Dreams of the Post Cold War
Robert Kaplan
Vintage
Robert Kaplan warns of a “bifurcated world divided between societies like ours, producing goods and services that the rest of the world wants, and those mired in various forms of chaos.” This is a familiar theme for previous Kaplan readers (Balkan Ghosts, The Ends of the Earth). For those unacquainted with Kaplan, however, The Coming Anarchy is a fine introduction to one of the most important voices on the future of society and international relations.

Environmental Regulations and Corporate Strategy
Alan Rugman, John Kirton and Julie Soloway
Oxford University Press
NAFTA and its institutions work, for Canada and Mexico as well as the United States, for firms and their workers as well as for environmentalists, and above all for North Americans who can win together as a result. These conclusions arise from a careful analysis of 84 cases of environmental regulatory protection together with a detailed look at critical cases such as the Ethyl-MMT dispute.

Fire and Ice: The United States, Canada and the Myth of Converging Values
Michael Adams
Penguin Canada
Adams challenges the “myth of inevitability” that has led us to believe our Canadian way of life is doomed to extinction. Drawing upon a decade of never-before released pulse taking from both sides of the border, he reveals that Canada and the United States are not coming together, but are diverging in significant ways. From the vehicles we buy to the deference we pay to authority, Canadians prove to be firmly separate in their attitudes and opinions. If you have ever wondered whether Canada can survive and prosper as a distinct society in an era of globalization and dizzying technological change, Fire and Ice provides fascinating evidence that the cultural divergence between our country and the United States will continue for years to come.

Globalization and Well-Being
John Helliwell
UBC Press, 2002
This book won the 2003 Donner Prize for non-fiction. Sample chapters and a description of the book are available online.

Here: A Biography of the New American Continent
Anthony DePalma
Public Affairs
An exploration into and meditation on the two very different nations that begin where America ends, and on the nature of America’s relationship with them. How did our three nations – all nations of immigrants, sharing borders and intertwined histories – develop such different world views and senses of ourselves?

Linking Trade, Environment and Social Cohesion: NAFTA Challenges, North American Experiences
John Kirton and Virginia Maclaren, editors
Ashgate Publishing
An analysis of the social and environmental impacts of existing trade liberalization through the World Trade Organization, NAFTA and other key regimes, with strategies for regulation and risk assessment, environmental information, standard setting, voluntary activities, sustainability assessments of trade agreements, and participation by civil society.

Navigating A New World: Canada’s Global Future
Lloyd Axworthy
Knopf (upcoming in October 2003)
Nobel Peace Prize nominee Axworthy – one of Canada’s most eloquent statesmen and political thinkers – charts how we can become active citizens in the demanding world of the 21st century, to make it safer, more sustainable and humane in the future. In this important book he delivers recommendations that are both practical and radical, ranging from a call for Canadian independence from the US to an insistence on environmental as well as political security; from rules to govern intervention when nations oppress their own citizens, to codes of conduct on arms control and war crimes.

Playing in the “Bush League”: Canada-US Relations in a New Era
David Rudd, Jim Hanson and Adam Stinson, editors
Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies
What place will Canada occupy in an increasingly continentalist environment? A look at how Canada can, and should, cope with the administration of George W. Bush by various thinkers and academics.

Rogue States: The Rule of Force in World Affairs
Noam Chomsky
South End Press
World-famous MIT linguist Chomsky has long kept up a second career as a cogent voice of the hard left, excoriating American imperialism, critiquing blinkered journalists and attacking global economic injustice. Chomsky’s new work, a collection of linked essays, comes in the wake of the Kosovo bombings and the riots in East Timor. Chomsky contends that the US (and, sometimes, its allies) has itself behaved as the biggest rogue state, ignoring international law and norms and acting only in the richest Americans’ interests.

The Security of Freedom: Essays on Canada’s Anti-Terrorism Bill
Ronald Daniels, Patrick Macklem and Kent Roach, editors
University of Toronto Press
The Government of Canada’s proposed anti-terrorism legislation, Bill C-36, contemplates dramatic changes to Canadian law, in areas as diverse as criminal procedure, international relations, immigration, individual privacy, law enforcement, and charitable giving. In this collection, leading scholars in the areas of law and public policy address the potential impact of these changes on the rights and freedoms that Canadians enjoy. Based on papers presented at a conference organized by the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto in November 2001, the essays in The Security of Freedom provide a permanent record of the vital legal debate surrounding Bill C-36.

The Threatening Storm: The Case for Invading Iraq
Kenneth M. Pollack
Council on Foreign Relations
For the past fifteen years, as an analyst on Iraq for the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Council, Kenneth Pollack has studied Saddam as closely as anyone else in the United States. In 1990, he was one of only three CIA analysts to predict the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. As the principal author of the CIA’s history of Iraqi military strategy and operations during the Gulf War, Pollack gained rare insight into the methods and workings of what he believes to be the most brutal regime since Stalinist Russia.

Uncle Sam and Us: Globalization, Neoconservatism and the Canadian State
Stephen Clarkson
University of Toronto Press
Together with the World Trade Organization, NAFTA has imposed on Canadians an American-designed external economic “constitution” from which Canadians find it increasingly difficult to escape as they address critical policies about issues such as health care and the environment formerly determined by their own democratic decision making in their domestic political life.

The Vanishing Country
Mel Hurtig
McClelland and Stewart
The truth about health care, the banks, taxation, newspaper conglomerates, political funding, social spending, decentralization, privatization, globalization, sovereignty, competitiveness, Americanization, the war on drugs, corporate concentration and the quality of life in Canada.

Why Canadian Unity Matters and Why Americans Care: Democratic Pluralism at Risk
Charles Doran
University of Toronto Press
Charles Doran, an American, examines why Canadian unity is important, what drives Quebec separatism in the American view, the concern that after Quebec succession the rest of Canada could unravel, and the nature of the historical era that has shaped and conditioned secessionist impulse.

Why Terrorism Works: Understanding the Threat, Responding to the Challenge
Alan M. Dershowitz
Yale University Press
You can love him or hate him, but Harvard Law School’s Dershowitz is always worth reading. In this bracing work, he gently upbraids those who chalked up the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington to the supposed “root causes” of terrorism – namely, repression and desperation arising from poverty – while also chiding those he thinks are insufficiently committed to civil liberties.

While Canada Slept: How We Lost Our Place in the World
Andrew Cohen
McClelland and Stewart
Can we expect to sit at the global table by virtue of our economic power without pursuing a foreign policy worthy of our history, geography and diversity? Canada needs to re-examine its foreign policy to affirm its values, win the respect of its allies and carry its weight.

Whose National Security: Canadian State Surveillance and the Creation of Enemies
Gary Kinsman, Dieter Buse and Mercedes Steadman, editors
Between the Lines
The establishment of a tenacious Canadian security state came as no accident. On the contrary, the highest levels of government and the police, along with non-governmental interests and institutions, were involved in a concerted campaign. Whose National Security? probes the security state’s ideologies and hidden agendas, and sheds light on threats to democracy that persist to the present day.

PAPERS

Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble: Thoughts on the Changing Nature of Canada’s World (pdf)
Daryl Copeland
Bout de Papier (in press)

Canada’s Social Contract: Evidence from Public Opinion (pdf)
Matthew Mendelsohn
Canadian Policy Research Networks, Inc.

Canadian Cultural Industries Exemption from NAFTA-ITS Parameters (Canadian–United States Law Journal, Vol. 25:359, 1999) and Technological Change and Canada/U.S. Regulatory Models for Information, Communications, and Entertainment (Canadian–United States Law Journal, Vol. 23:177, 1997) (pdf contains both papers)
Ronald G. Atkey, P.C., Q.C.

Citizens’ Dialogue on Canada's Future: A 21st Century Social Contract (pdf)
Mary Pat MacKinnon, Judith Maxwell, Steven Rosell, Nandini Saxena
Canadian Policy Research Networks, Inc.

Dispute Resolution in the NAFTA: A Surprising Record of Success (pdf)
Patrick Macrory
C.D. Howe Institute 

Economic Outlook: The Economy Should Pick Up in the Second Half of the Year, August 2003 (pdf)
Ministry of Foreign Relations of Mexico, Undersectretariat of Economic Relations and International Cooperation

A Friendly Agreement in Advance: Canada-US Defense Relations Past, Present and Future (pdf)
J.L. Granatstein
C.D. Howe Institute 

Globalization, Enterprise and Governance: What a Changing World Means for Canada (pdf)
Daryl Copeland
International Journal, Winter 1997–98 (53:1)

Mexico: NAFTA and the Prospects for North American Integration (pdf)
Rogelio Ramírez de la O.
C.D. Howe Institute 

No Small Change: The Awkward Economics and Politics of North American Monetary Integration (pdf)
William B.P Robson and David Laidler
C.D. Howe Institute 

A Shadow of Our Former Selves: What Happened to Canada’s Famous Peacekeepers and Diplomats? (pdf)
David Malone
Literary Review of Canada
A review of Andrew Cohen’s book While Canada Slept

Shaping the Future of the North American Economic Space: A Framework for Action
Wendy Dobson
C.D. Howe Institute 

Trade, Globalization and Diversity: The Canadian Experience
Elizabeth A. McDonald
Canadian Film and Television Production Association 

Whither NAFTA: A Common Frontier (pdf)
Gary Clyde Hufbauer and Gustavo Vega-Canovas
Institute of International Economics 

Why the “Big Idea” is a Bad Idea (pdf)
Andrew Jackson, Senior Economist, Canadian Labour Congress
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