(EBOOK/EPUB) While Canada Slept How We Lost Our Place in the World


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  • While Canada Slept How We Lost Our Place in the World
  • Andrew Cohen
  • English
  • 01 June 2019
  • 9780771022760

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While Canada Slept How We Lost Our Place in the World review µ eBook or Kindle ePUB For how much longer can Canada expect to get a free rideWith 911 and the international “war on terrorism” the time has come to ask some hard uestions Should we continue to starve our military reduce our humanitarian assistance dilute our diplomacy and absent ourselves from global intelligence gathering Can we expect to sit at the global table by virtue of our economic power without pursuing a foreign policy worthy of our hi. I m afraid that I was decidedly unimpressed with this book It s a book I have wanted to read for some time so I was happy to discover it on a bookshelf here in Pader but it turned out to be seriously underwhelming Two stars might seem unduly harsh since two stars is something I usually reserve for books I really didn t like one star is usually reserved for books I would actively discourage people from reading but the reality that I probably would discourage people from reading this book Which is an odd thing seeing as I agree with his overall pointHis overall point is that Canada is coasting on it s reputation and that Canadians view Canada as it was rather than as it is Most Canadians talk proudly of battles from WWI and WWII but we re not capable of anything like that any Most Canadians think we re still heavily involved in peacekeeping but we aren t Most Canadians think we re generous in our international aid but I have personal experience of the fact that our impact abroad is getting smaller and smaller at least directly through CIDA there are many Canadian NGOs missionaries and development workers around the world who are doing wonderful work Canada gives less than it used to too much of it s aid was tied aid at the time of the writing of this book and CIDA has shifted it s guiding principle from charity to economic benefit And we re losing our influence abroad in regards to our foreign service though that s rather less on the radar of most CanadiansYet even though I agree with his main point I still found many issues with the book My first and biggest issue with the book is that he has only complaints rarely solutions In a 208 page book which is ostensibly about how we can regain our place in the world he spends exactly 13 pages talking about solutions four and a half pages on foreign aid four pages on the foreign service three and a half pages on the military and one page on international trade And his solutions are not detailed or innovative In fact they re usually little than platitudes This is a serious problem because it makes the book one long rant and it comes across mostly like he has an axe to grind in particular he uses the book as a platform to assault the Liberal government That may make for good readership it was certainly a national bestseller in Canada but it doesn t do much for me It s particularly annoying that he ignores any positive trends saying they re illusory despite the fact that hindsight informs us that many of those solutions have worked My second complaint is his obsession with the golden age of Canadian internationalism and in particular the three musketeers of the Canadian Department of External Affairs Hume Wrong Norman Robertson and Lester Pearson He begins the book by writing about them He ends the book by writing about them He invokes them constantly throughout the book What would Pearson think if he saw Canada today He is overly enamoured with them and this supposed golden age and he misses or ignores the many uniue conditions which converged to make it possible It s simply not possible to recreate those conditions and as such Canada s current achievements shouldn t be compared with this era What s you could be forgiven for thinking the book is a biography of Wrong Robertson and Pearson I haven t actually counted the pages but it certainly feels like he spent time talking about them than about the current state of Canada My third complaint is that he seems blinded by the middle power theory I actually like the middle power theory of Canadian international relations but I find it a bit disappointing that no one seems to be able to break that mold and look to different and new ideasAside from these complaints I disagree with him on several points or at the very least I feel that he ignores important factors on several points He decries Canada s withdrawal from peacekeeping without seriously addressing the complexities arising from the shift from peace keeping to peace enforcing Having just read Romeo Dallaire s book Shake Hands with the Devil I have little patience with anyone who simply says we should throw ourselves into peacekeeping without first dealing with the serious underlying issues He complains about the fact that Canada is turning away from multilateral trade instruments and focusing on bilateral trade instruments but doesn t seem to take into account the changing nature of international trade negotiations Multilateral trade agreements used to involve getting the support of only a handful of countries but now it takes dozens if not The Doha Development Round negotiations have been ongoing for than a decade and still haven t come to any agreement He wants Canada to concentrate it s foreign aid fewer countries fewer projects fewer sectors mostly because it will lower overhead costs without an understanding of how that would undermine the effectiveness of that aid I ve seen first hand the impact of his approach and it s not good And lastly he wants Canada to help the poorest of the poor but he doesn t want Canada to work in countries that are too corrupt or too undemocratic but he fails to understand the fact that one directly contradicts the other There s a reason why those countries are the poorest of the poor and ignoring the poor and shifting our aid to countries that are better off doesn t help That doesn t mean we ignore issues of corruption or democracy in fact there are a wide variety of ways to handle the issues but it does mean we can t afford to ignore people just because of their governmentsSo yes as you might have guessed from my long rant I really wasn t impressed with this book I agree with his main point but he fails to provide any solutions or in fact anything constructive or new and he glosses over the complexities of the issues he s discussing Drawing Figures in Action rideWith 911 and the international “war on terrorism” the time has come to ask some hard uestions Should we continue to starve our 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Canada but it doesn t do much for me It s particularly annoying that he ignores any positive trends saying they No Fear re illusory despite the fact that hindsight informs us that many of those solutions have worked My second complaint is his obsession with the golden age of Canadian internationalism and in particular the three musketeers of the Canadian Department of External Affairs Hume Wrong Norman Robertson and Lester Pearson He begins the book by writing about them He ends the book by writing about them He invokes them constantly throughout the book What would Pearson think if he saw Canada today He is overly enamoured with them and this supposed golden age and he misses or ignores the many uniue conditions which converged to make it possible It s simply not possible to What the Duck Rule of Nerds recreate those conditions and as such Canada s current achievements shouldn t be compared with this era What s you could be forgiven for thinking the book is a biography of Wrong Robertson and Pearson I haven t actually counted the pages but it certainly feels like he spent time talking about them than about the current state of Canada My third complaint is that he seems blinded by the middle power theory I actually like the middle power theory of Canadian international The Crimes of Josef Fritzl Uncovering the Truth relations but I find it a bit disappointing that no one seems to be able to break that mold and look to different and new ideasAside from these complaints I disagree with him on several points or at the very least I feel that he ignores important factors on several points He decries Canada s withdrawal from peacekeeping without seriously addressing the complexities arising from the shift from peace keeping to peace enforcing Having just From Batavia With Love read Romeo Dallaire s book Shake Hands with the Devil I have little patience with anyone who simply says we should throw ourselves into peacekeeping without first dealing with the serious underlying issues He complains about the fact that Canada is turning away from multilateral trade instruments and focusing on bilateral trade instruments but doesn t seem to take into account the changing nature of international trade negotiations Multilateral trade agreements used to involve getting the support of only a handful of countries but now it takes dozens if not The Doha Development Round negotiations have been ongoing for than a decade and still haven t come to any agreement He wants Canada to concentrate it s foreign aid fewer countries fewer projects fewer sectors mostly because it will lower overhead costs without an understanding of how that would undermine the effectiveness of that aid I ve seen first hand the impact of his approach and it s not good And lastly he wants Canada to help the poorest of the poor but he doesn t want Canada to work in countries that are too corrupt or too undemocratic but he fails to understand the fact that one directly contradicts the 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While Canada Slept How We Lost Our Place in the World review µ eBook or Kindle ePUB Story geography and diversity Canada has been getting by on the cheap writes Andrew Cohen in this timely forceful and insightful new book Our reluctance to pay our own way has had a cost it has eroded the pillars of our international stature We are still trading on the reputation this country built two generations ago but it is a reputation we no longer deserve We claim to be engaged abroad but for too long we have been a freel. Here is a critical review I had to write for class Hopefully it s good Andrew Cohen is a graduate from McGill University He is an award winning journalist and bestselling author Over his career of twenty five years he has written extensively on international affairs A columnist he has written for the Ottawa Citizen United Press International the Financial Post Saturday Night and the Globe and Mail He has also been part of the editorial board and was a foreign correspondent in Washington Currently he is a televisionradio commentator and writes columns for several newspapers He is an associate professor at the School of Journalism and Communication and the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs of Carleton University in Ottawa and a former member of the Centre of International Studies in Cambridge University Presently he lives in Ottawa with his family One of his previous works is A Deal Undone The Making and Breaking of the Meech Lake Accord and he has co edited Trudeau s Shadow The Life and Legacy of Pierre Elliot TrudeauWhile Canada Slept is a book reviewing Canada s self image It maintains the eeriness that something is not uite right not the way it seems As the title of the second chapter Cohen uses the term Potekim Canada The Potekim village was a painted facade of a prosperous happy village in Russia standing against the Volga River to impress the Empress Catherine on her route in 1787 she wanted to see the prosperity of her kingdom but as it did not exist her minister erected this false village Cohen argues that Canada has become much the same for Canadians it is no longer as ambitious and far reaching as it was in its Golden Age while Canadians still believe it to be He argues that the Canadian government has deteriorated our identity in the world by diminishing Canada s services as a donor diplomat and soldier Conseuently this has reduced the Canadian sense of self as well Today from a citizen s stand point it is visible in the languid aimless progression of the youth population the lack of will Cohen criticises the government of embodies itself in Canada s citizens Cohen writes in an objective omnipresent voice walking through history from the Golden Age after the Cold War until 2002 and reaching into the future by interpretational thoughts of three major political up bringers Hume Wrong Norman Robertson and Lester Pearson As seen by these three he establishes Canada s determined identity as a military diplomatic benevolent and trading figure as it was in the Golden Age Cohen does not fail to mention the Golden Age could have itself been a pompous illusion but states that the presented views are historically what Canadians live by and have no reason not to be strived for He points out some of the realities Canada had some of the largest armies in its short history but it no longer cares for having one Canada was never naturally a peacekeeper as we like to think it only took up the task after the Cold War when no one else could and currently continues to do less and less missions Canada s financial aid program originated as a subtle trading project and as a prevention for the spread of communism even though it has grown to be altruistic it is now disorganized ineffective and serves mainly for Canada s prestige Statistically the problem of these programs can be summarized as underfunded Canada does not put money where its mouth is and has no will to As Cohen says Canada will not become all dancing all singing like it wanted to be and will continue to gradually fade from being a significant power in the world through the suffocation of such key divisions With passionate fury he concludes that the Canadian government must redeem itself and should not allow itself to stoop to mediocrity If Canada excuses itself and continues this way it will lose its international value which is gravely important as Canada generates 43% of its income on exports With a minute ill euipped military it cannot even transport with the help of US aircraft it will leave itself defenceless in a crisis and useless in any other military operation At home Canada s news becomes less and less international and history loses its value in education as Canada loses its pride In the end Cohen substantially shows patriotic is not a word in Canada s vocabulary Unfortunately Cohen removes momentum from his cry when he mentions that Canada does the best it can with what it has and that is what holds its place in the world He also loses some steam by concretely demonstrating how well Canada s trade is doing which takes away from the sense of urgency If Canadians through the influencing state of the government have become unwilling giving them a sense that everything is fine is not encouraging Also even if he states a general plan of action it is hard for the unwilling to start there are many areas the government needs to reassess and tackle and it is unclear where to begin Further he rejects the idea of a completely new plan such as developing Canada s involvement in multiculturalism which might be necessary than ineffectual desperate attempts to repair the grandiose holes in the existing system Cohen writes in a formal critical essay format which flows like a story In an effective manner he repeats his major points as to assert them while staying concise He uses many statistics biographical references and first accounts from the decedents of Pearson and Robertson as solid foundations for his ideas He writes from a grey perspective he reviews all sides Overall he wrote a well worded book that is easy to understand and learn from despite its great deal of information As an informational text the book is dreary in some parts but that is to be expected Possibly he could have abandoned some formality for a personal feel that would appeal to typical Canadians an audience he must reach to achieve his purpose of change in a democratic society Either way this book could fit into Civics History or English courses as a reading which brings students up to speed on political happenings of Canada since around the Cold War till today Accordingly the book is very journalistic and brings forth a heavy reality that must be known

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While Canada Slept How We Lost Our Place in the World review µ eBook or Kindle ePUB Oader trying to do the same for less practising pinch penny diplomacy and foreign policy on the cheap Our capacity in these key areas has become glaringly inadeuate and now that weakness is compromising our ability to honour our traditional commitments overseas The time is ripe for a thorough re examination of our foreign policy to affirm our values to win the respect of our allies to carry our weight From the Hardcover edition. The author seems to have a pretty solid agenda most do I know most of which seems to be a pretty Conservative view of the worldHe compares our stage with what Robertson Pearson and Wrong would think of Canada today which I will admit is not what it could be He places a large amount of importance on military prowess stating that a country cannot be taken seriously unless it spends a lot of time and money on its military which is a separate issue in his perspective from peace keeping which he also thinks is horrendous These two items along with foreign aide are the cornerstones of his argument that Pearson Robertson and Wrong would be highly disappointed in Canada todayThe book may have valid points on some fronts the tone is however unbiased by leaning towards the Temple of Mulroney and bashing Trudeau Chr tien and Martin JrHonestly this book was interesting but made me angry not because Canada is not meeting its potential but because I could not take the perspective seriously without uestioning if the authour has stokes in military companies with large ties to trade with the USA


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    (EBOOK/EPUB) While Canada Slept How We Lost Our Place in the World I'm afraid that I was decidedly unimpressed with this book It's a book I have wanted to read for some time so I was happy to discover it on a bookshelf here in Pader but it turned out to be seriously underwhelming Two stars might seem unduly harsh since two stars is something I usually reserve for books I really didn't like one star is usually reserved for books I would actively discourage people from reading but the r

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