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Article scientifique - 28 juin 2013

Canada’s war for prestige in Afghanistan: A realist paradox?

Justin Massie, International Journal, Vol. 68, No. 2 (June 2013), pp. 274-288

This article provides a comprehensive assessment of Canada’s prolonged and sizable military engagement in the war in Afghanistan in light of confounding expectations set by realism. It argues, from the perspective of neoclassical realism, that United States unipolarity, domestic elite consensus on an Atlanticist security policy, and executive autonomy vis-à-vis public dissent best account for Canada’s evolving Afghanistan policy. These necessary conditions can be generalized to apply to past and future allied coalitions of the willing to help make sense of Canada’s alliance burden-sharing.

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Justin Massie

Justin Massie

Directeur de recherche
Professeur, Université du Québec à Montréal