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Political Science Intergovernmental Organizations

Canada on the United Nations Security Council

A Small Power on a Large Stage

by (author) Adam Chapnick

UBC Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2019
Intergovernmental Organizations, General, Post-Confederation (1867-)
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As the twentieth century ended, Canada was completing its sixth term on the UN Security Council. A decade later, Ottawa’s attempt to return to the council was dramatically rejected by its global peers, leaving Canadians – and international observers – shocked and disappointed. Canada on the United Nations Security Council tells the story of that defeat and what it means for future campaigns, describing and analyzing Canada’s attempts since 1946, both successful and unsuccessful, to gain a seat as a non-permanent member. Impeccably researched and clearly written, this is the definitive history of the Canadian experience on the world’s most powerful stage.

About the author

Adam Chapnick est directeur adjoint de l’éducation au Collège des Forces canadiennes et professeur agrégé des études de la défense au Collège militaire royal du Canada. Ses domaines de recherche comprennent l’histoire politique et la politique étrangère du Canada ainsi que l’enseignement et l’apprentissage. M. Chapnick est l’auteur de plusieurs ouvrages. M. Chapnick poursuit ses recherches sur l’histoire des expériences canadiennes au Conseil de sécurité des Nations Unies.

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  • Short-listed, Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, The Writers' Trust of Canada
  • Short-listed, J.W. Dafoe Book Prize, J.W. Dafoe Foundation

Editorial Reviews

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of Canadian foreign policy and global engagement and will be a useful resource in graduate and upper-level undergraduate courses on these topics.

Canadian Journal of Political Science

Full of insights and surprises, [Canada on the United Nations Security Council] is a welcome addition to Canadian foreign policy.

Forum: Bulletin of Canadian Foreign Service

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