Presented by CIPS.
Free. In English. Registration is not required.
Canada’s engagement with Sub-Saharan Africa presents a puzzle. On the one hand, much of the country’s identity and reputation as a good international citizen has rested on activism toward the continent. On the other hand, critics have long noted the inconsistency and contradictions of Canadian involvement. How are we to make sense of these consistent inconsistencies and their consequences? This presentation aims, first, to provide a theoretical explanation for this pattern, and second, to suggest ways in which it could be transcended.
David Black is Director of the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies and Lester B. Pearson Professor of International Development Studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax. His current research focuses Canada’s role in Sub-Saharan Africa, and Sport in World Politics and Development. His publications include A Decade of Human Security (Ashgate 2006, co-edited with Sandra Maclean and Timothy Shaw); and The International Politics of Mass Atrocities: the case of Darfur (Routledge 2010, co-edited with Paul Williams).