National security is one of the most contentious topics in public policy and politics and one of the most important for the twenty-first century. Since the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, security and defence have undergone such unprecedented overhauls that even recently implemented policies require reexamination. In this second edition of Security and Defence in the Terrorist Era, Elinor Sloan provides a significantly revised and updated analysis of developments in Canadian and American security and defence policy and notes where there are weaknesses that call for improvement. The author argues that since the Second World War Canada has assumed that potential threats will come from overseas rather than from within its borders. Security and Defence in the Terrorist Era shows that Canada's safety depends upon paying equal attention to threats at home and insists that we must consider the effect of climate change on the Arctic as seriously as terrorist threats and ballistic missile defence. Covering a range of pertinent subjects with detail and expertise, this new edition provides timely information and prescriptions for keeping North America safe.
About the author
Elinor C. Sloan is associate professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University.
"Elinor Sloan has provided an excellent review of the implications of 9/11 for Canada's national security strategy. Her recognition of the importance of a continental approach to defence and security is timely, and should inform a debate that must engage Canadians. More importantly, she has recognized and persuasively argued that the safety and well-being of Canadian citizens are directly linked to international peace and security. This is a must-read for Canadians who want to shape a meaningful and influential role for Canada in the world." The Honorable John Manley, P.C., McCarthy Tétrault LLP and former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada
"Sloan demonstrates a firm grasp of technological, command, and control issues, rightly pointing out the necessarily different approach that Canada needs to take from the US." Joel Sokolsky, Royal Military College of Canada
"...a clear, concise, and most welcome contribution to our knowledge of Canada-US defence relations." Literary Review of Canada