Navigating a New World: Canada's Global Future by Lloyd Axworthy

Navigating a New World: Canada's Global Future

byLloyd Axworthy

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In Navigating a New World Lloyd Axworthy charts how we can become active citizens in the demanding world of the twenty-first century, to make it safer, more sustainable and more humane. Throughout he emphasizes the human story. As we meet refugees from civil war and drought, child soldiers and landmine victims, the moral imperative is clear: this is a deeply compassionate appeal to confront poverty, war and environmental disaster.

Before Lloyd Axworthy entered global politics, "human security" -- a philosophy calling for global responsibility to the interests of individuals rather than to the interests of the nation state or multi-national corporations -- was a controversial and unfamiliar idea. When put into action, human security led to an international ban on landmines, initiatives to curtail the use of child soldiers, and the formation of the International Criminal Court. Today, with conflict raging across the planet -- and building -- the need for a humane, secure international governance is more vital than ever. So how can Canada reject a world model dominated by U.S. policy, military force and naked self-interest? How can we rethink a global world from the perspective of people -- our security, our needs, our promise, our dreams?

Lloyd Axworthy delivers recommendations that are both practical and radical, ranging from staunch Canadian independence from the U.S. to 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.

Arresting and provocative, Navigating a New World lays out just why Canada has the skills to lead the world into a twenty-first century less nightmarish than the last, and help make the world safer and more just for us all. This is a call for action from one of Canada's most eloquent statesmen and thinkers, and is essential reading for all Canadians.

Where is the line we draw in setting out the boundaries for being responsible for others? Is it simply family and close friends? Do we stop at the frontiers of our own country? Does our conscience, our sense of right or wrong, take us as far as the crowded camps of northern Uganda, surrounded by land mines, attacked repeatedly by an army made largely of child soldiers? I believe we in Canada have a special vocation to help in the building of a more secure order. We need not be confined to our self-interest. -- from Navigating a New World

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Title:Navigating a New World: Canada's Global FutureFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 30, 2010Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307368378

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Idealism of Axworthy Former Minister of Foreign Affairs under Jean Chretien of the Liberals, Lloyd Axworthy outlines his vision for International Relations and what Canada's role can and should be in the New World Order. With his experience as international statesman, Axworthy is well positioned to write such a book imparting his political wisdom for future hopefuls. The book is written as part memoir, part commentary and part manifesto. Axworthy writes about the experiences as a college student in Winnipeg and Princeton, the debates and discussions that would shape the man who he was to become. As a reader, one can't help but see the youthful idealism and perhaps naivety which never left Axworthy even through his public life. The climax of his personal experiences was the culmination of meetings between governments and NGOs that resulted in the landmark Ottawa Treaty to ban the use of landmines of which the NGO, International Campaign to Ban Landmines, won the Nobel Peace Prize for. As for Axworthy's vision for the future, predictably, he campaigns for a greater role for the UN, multi-lateralism and the use of soft-power to bring about democratic progress. According to Axworthy, Canada with its historical role as peace makers should lead the way in this new liberal interationalist world. In many ways, Axworthy could be labeled a Wilsonian. Unlike other reviewers, I found Axworthy to be quite bi-partisan in his writing overall. The writing itself is straightforward if not unnecessarily lengthy, the result of which is mostly likely due to the ill-advised attempt to stuff a memoir and commentary into one text.
Date published: 2008-08-07