This talk examines the Conservative government’s strained relationship to the United Nations. It argues that Prime Minister Harper views the UN as a body that seeks to replace a world of morally sovereign nation-states with an overarching and neutral administrative order. As a result, Harper sees Canada’s traditional dedication to the UN as inconsistent with the sort of decisive and principled stance needed to confront the moral challenges of an age of global terror.
Scott Staring is a professor with Georgian College’s University Partnership Centre. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto and has taught in the fields of political and social theory, as well as Canadian politics, at Harvard University and McMaster University. His recent research examines the influence of liberal political thought in shaping Canada’s foreign policy priorities.
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