Canadian Foreign Policy and Why it Matters to Workers

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Two Lectures to the Unifor-McMaster University Labour Studies Program, Oct-Nov, 2014

Stephen Gowans

Lecture I

I became interested in foreign policy in 1999, when Canada joined the 3-month long air war on the former Yugoslavia. What interested me was that Canada had abandoned what I, at the time, believed was its traditional peace-keeping role for a role of waging war in cooperation with the United States and other NATO powers against a country that posed no threat whatever to Canada, or its allies. I followed the war very closely and considered the reasons politicians and people in the media said the war needed to be fought, and the reasons didn’t make a lot of sense to me.

So I started to look at critical analyses of the reasons that had been offered for why the war was being waged, and those analyses demonstrated in a very convincing way that…

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One Response to Canadian Foreign Policy and Why it Matters to Workers

  1. beetleypete says:

    A worthy and wordy piece from Mr Gowans, and deserving of a full read. As always, he has the knack of getting to the heart of what many of us are thinking and feeling.
    Best wishes from England, Pete.

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