You’ve Got It All Backwards: Canada’s National Defence Strategy

  • Lindsay Rodman
Part of the Canada and International Affairs book series (CIAF)


Does Canada have a defence strategy? Taking an outsider’s perspective, this chapter argues that successive Canadian governments have kept defence strategy ambiguous on the basis of two commonplace assumptions: that domestic politics impose major constraints on the federal government in this area and that Canadians lack global agency by default. Objectively speaking, however, Canada’s ability to make strategic choices is not nearly as limited as typically depicted in policy discourse.


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  • Lindsay Rodman
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  1. 1.Council on Foreign RelationsNew YorkUSA

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