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The Call of the World

A Political Memoir

Bill Graham – Canada’s minister of foreign affairs and minister of defence during the tumultuous years following 9/11 – takes us on a personal journey from his Vancouver childhood to important behind-the-scenes moments in recent global history. With candour and wit, he recounts meetings with world leaders, contextualizes important geopolitical relationships, and offers acute observations on backstage politics. He explains Canada’s decision not to participate in the 2003 invasion of Iraq and makes a passionate case for why international law offers the best hope for a safer, more prosperous, and just world.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Foreign Education

1 Where I Come From

2 Out and About

3 Trading Places

4 Never Twice without a Third

Part 2: Foreign Matters

5 House Duty

6 Parliamentary Diplomacy

7 Democratic Deficit

8 Human Security

9 All Geopolitics Is Local

10 Marching as to War

Part 3: Foreign Affairs

11 Friends in High Places

12 The Unwilling

13 Picking Up the Pieces

Part 4: Foreign Legions

14 Changing of the Guard

15 The 3D War

16 Home Fires


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