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Unsettled Balance

Ethics, Security, and Canada’s International Relations

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Unsettled Balance

Ethics, Security, and Canada’s International Relations

The wars on terror, economic crises, climate change, and humanitarian emergencies have challenged decision makers to institute new measures to maintain security. Foreign policy analysts tend to view these decisions as being divorced from ethics, but is this the case? Unsettled Balance, the first rigorous and sustained analysis of security and ethics in the post-9/11 world, shows that ethical arguments about rights, obligations, norms, and values have played a profound role in Canadian foreign policy and international relations, from debates on the “responsibility to protect” as a practice to the militarization of humanitarian aid. Visit the book’s page at for supplementary teaching materials and for additional resources.

318 pages

Table of Contents


Ethics and Security: New Issues and Contexts for Decision Making / Rosalind Warner

Part 1: Freedom from Fear: Humanitarianism and Military Security

1 The Responsibility to Protect: From Evolving Norm to Practice / W. Andy Knight

2 War-Fighting and the Decline of Humanitarian Space in Canadian Security Policy / Alistair Edgar

3 The Commercial Military and Security Services Industry: A Canadian Consideration? / Chris Hendershot

Part 2: Security across Borders

4 Charter Values and Post-9/11 Security and Terrorism Law and Policy: Comparing Canada’s “Home” and “Away” Games / Barbara J. Falk

5 The Ethics of Mega-Event Security: When the World Comes to Visit / Veronica Kitchen

Part 3: Freedom from Want: Development, Gender, and Environment

6 What Does It Mean to Be a Country of Focus? Canada’s Foreign Aid to Ethiopia / David R. Black and Rebecca Tiessen

7 Losing Gender Equality along the Way: The Failure to Mainstream Gender in Canada’s Commitments to International Security and Development / Rebecca Tiessen and Sarah Tuckey

8 Spreading the Guilt: Canada and Climate Change Adaptation Funding / Peter Stoett

Part 4: Regional Security: Countries and Areas

9 Ethics, Security, and Free-Trade Agreements: The Case of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement / Jim Rochlin

10 Canada’s Moral Identity in Africa and Its Implications for Policy in the Twenty-First Century / Edward Akuffo

Conclusion: Moving Forward with Ethics and Security / Rosalind Warner

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