The Politics of War: Canada's Afghanistan Mission, 2001-14

October 1, 2017|
The Politics of War: Canada's Afghanistan Mission, 2001-14 by Jean-Christophe Boucher
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When the Canadian government committed forces to join the military mission in Afghanistan following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, little did it foresee that this decision would involve Canada in a war-riven country for over a decade. The Politics of War explores how, as the mission became increasingly unpopular, Canadian politicians across the political spectrum began to use it to score points against their opponents. This was “politics” with a vengeance.

Through historical analysis of the public record and interviews with officials, Jean-Christophe Boucher and Kim Richard Nossal show how the Canadian government sought to frame the engagement in Afghanistan as a “mission” rather than what it was – a war. They examine the efforts of successive governments to convince Canadians of the rightness of Canada’s engagement, the parliamentary politics that resulted from the increasing politicization of the mission, and the impact of public opinion on Canada’s involvement.

This contribution to the field of Canadian foreign policy demonstrates how much of Canada’s war in Afghanistan was shaped by the vagaries of domestic politics and political gamesmanship.

Jean-Christophe Boucher is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at MacEwan University. He is a fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, a research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Security and Development at Dalhousie University, and a senior fellow at the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur...
Title:The Politics of War: Canada's Afghanistan Mission, 2001-14
Product dimensions:300 pages, 9 X 6 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:300 pages, 9 X 6 X 1 in
Published:October 1, 2017
Publisher:Ubc Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780774836272

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