So Near Yet So Far
The Public and Hidden Worlds of Canada-US RelationsBook - 2012
How do politicians, diplomats, and interest groups negotiate the tangled web of Canada - US relations? So Near Yet So Far provides in-depth look at the multiple dimensions of this complex relationship, especially in the period since 9/11.
Based on almost 200 interviews with current and former government policy makers, opinion-shapers, and interest group leaders in both countries, the book analyzes the motives and mechanics of managing cross-border relations at several levels, including political-strategic, trade-commercial, cultural-psychological, and institutional-procedural. A concluding chapter assesses the implications of current policy trends for Canada’s foreign and international economic policies.
So Near Yet So Far will be of interest and value to practitioners, scholars, and citizens of both countries who want a better understanding of how the Canada - US relationship works - and can be made to work more effectively. Balanced and fair in its analysis, it gets to the core issues without distorting perspectives on either side of the border.
Of interest to students of North American foreign policy and regional political relations, this volume on the relationship between the US and Canada examines key features of common policy and cooperative actions, and explores the ways in which the close yet imbalanced nature of the relationship fails to consistently meet the needs of either party. The work covers topics such as political-strategic partnerships, trade relations, socio-cultural exchange, policy coordination, Canadian public diplomacy in the US, border policy and counter-terrorism, and emerging energy policy issues. Several data tables and charts are included throughout the text. Hale is a professor of political science at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta. Distributed in the US by the University of Washington Press. Distributed in Canada by the University of Toronto Press. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)