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Module 27

Peacekeeping Missions, 1956 to the 1990s: Canada’s Real Contribution to World Affairs?

Marcel Martel

In their attempt to define Canada’s role in the world, Canadians often refer to their country’s record of peacekeeping. Although Canadians are still proud of their country’s role, over the last decade our contributions to peacekeeping missions have declined both in terms of human resources involved and the number of missions that Canada has taken part in. Those who have led them, however, such as Romeo Dallaire and Lewis MacKenzie, or have studied them are very critical and this module offers contrasting views on peacekeeping missions

Primary sources:

  1. Text: Roméo Dallaire. ‘Check Out Rwanda and You’re in Charge’ from Shake Hands with the Devil. The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda (2004)
  2. Text: Lewis MacKenzie Peacekeeper: The Road to Sarajevo (1993)
  3. Cartoon: ‘Support in the Nick of Time’. The Toronto Daily Star (8 November 1956)
  4. Cartoon: ‘End of the Debate’. The Toronto Daily Star (16 October 1957)
  5. Song lyrics: The Blue Berets By T.C. Connors (1993)

Secondary sources:

  1. Costas Melakopides. ‘The Golden Age, 1945-1957’ from Pragmatic Idealism: Canadian Foreign Policy 1945-1995 (1998)
  2. J. L. Granatstein. ‘Peacekeeping: Did Canada Make a Difference? And What Difference Did Peacekeeping Make to Canada?’ in John English and Norman Hillmer, (eds.), Making a Difference?: Canada’s Foreign Policy in a Changing World Order (1992)
  3. Joseph T. Jockel. ‘“The ‘Committed Peacekeeper” from Canada and International Peacekeeping (1994)

Introduction

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