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Big Picture Realities

Canada and Mexico at the Crossroads

Edited by Daniel Drache
Subjects Law, Political Science, International Relations, Business & Economics, Economics
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Paperback : 9781554580453, 312 pages, October 2008
Ebook (PDF) : 9781554582334, 312 pages, October 2008

Table of contents

Table of Contents for Big Picture Realities: Canada and Mexico at the Crossroads edited by Daniel Drache
Introduction: Big Picture Realities in a Post-NAFTA Era | Daniel Drache
Part 1. NAFTA: A Closed Chapter or a Fresh Start?
1. Bon Anniversaire NAFTA: The Elusive and Asymmetrical Benefits of a Decade of North American Integration | Daniel Drache
2. Towards a North American Economic Security Space | Gustavo Vega-Cànovas
Part 2. The Inescapable Border: Immigration Flows, Human Rights, and Political Refugees
3. Rights at the Borders: Human Rights and Migration in the Canada-Mexico Relationship | Alex Neve
4. Human Rights and Mexican Foreign Policy | Ana Covarrubias
Part 3. The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy: Canada and Mexico at the Crossroads
5. The Inconsistent Neighbour: Canadian Resistance and Support for the US Foreign Policy Counter-Revolution | Stephen Clarkson
6. The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy and Mexico: The Limits to Unilateralism | Jorge Chabat
Part 4. North American Security Perimeter: The Mega Agenda
7. Smart Trumps Security: Canada’s Border Security Policy since 11 September | Wesley K. Wark
8. Mexico and North American Security | Jordi Díez
Part 5. Open Regionalism and the National Interest: New Dynamics of Divergence
9. North American Energy Security: A Common or Divergent Future? | Isidro Morales
10. The End of Neo-Liberal Regionalism in Mexico? | Rosalba Icaza Garza
Part 6. Asian Turbo-Capitalism and the Brazilian Miracle: Winners and Losers?
11. The Dragon in Aztec Lands | Victor López Villafañe
12. Brazil and Mexico: The Politics of Continental Drift | Edgar J. Dosman
Part 7. Building the Canada-Mexico Relationship: Thinking Outside the Box
13. Thinking Outside the Box in the Canada-Mexico Relations: The Long Road from Convenience to Commitment | Andrew F. Cooper
14. The Future of Mexico-Canada Relations: Bilateral and Trilateral Solutions in North America | Duncan Wood
15. Civil Society and the Bifurcated State: Mexico in the Latin American Mirror | Carlos H. Waisman
Contributors’ Bios
Jorge Chabat is a professor of political science at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas in Mexico and is one of Mexico’s experts on security and the border. He appears frequently on television and writes a weekly column on current affairs.
Stephen Clarkson is professor emeritus in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto and one of Canada’s best-known experts on Canadian-American relations. His book Uncle Sam and Us: Globalization, Neoconservatism, and the Canadian State (University of Toronto Press, 2002) is a major examination of North American integration. He is presently writing a study of transborder governance in North America.
Andrew F. Cooper is an associate director and distinguished fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation and a professor of political science at the University of Waterloo. He is a leading authority in Canadian foreign policy and his latest book is on celebrity politics, Celebrity Diplomacy (Paradigm Publishers, 2007).
Ana Covarrubias is a senior scholar currently working at the Centre for International Studies at El Colegio de México, and her main interests are Mexican foreign policy (especially Cuba and Central America) and the links between human rights and foreign policy.
Jordi Díez is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Guelph and a specialist in North American security and civil-military relations. He is author of Political Change and Environmental Policymaking in Mexico (Routledge, 2006) and editor of Canadian and Mexican Security in the New North America: Challenges and Prospects (McGill-Queen’s University Press).
Edgar J. Dosman is professor emeritus in the Department of Political Science at York University and is one of Canada's leading analysts of hemispheric relations with a particular focus on Brazil and Mexico. He has recently completed a biography of Raoul Prebisch, the first secretary-general of the UN Conference on Trade and Development and one of the century’s most innovative developmental economists, which is to be published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2008.
Daniel Drache is a professor of political science at York University and associate director of the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies. He has written extensively on North American integration and the asymmetry of power. His latest book on North American governance is La Ilusión Continental: Seguridad Fronteriza y Búsqueda de una Identidad Norteamericana (Siglo XX1, 2007).
Rosalba Icaza Garza is a lecturer in governance and international political economy at the Institute of Social Studies in The Netherlands. She is interested in transborder activism and democracy and gender with a particular emphasis on Latin America and Mexico. Her latest publication, with Jackie Smith, Marina Karides, et al., is Global Democracy and the World Social Forums (Paradigm Publishers, 2007).
Isidro Morales is a professor of political science in the Graduate School of Public Administration and Public Policy at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. He has published extensively on the effects of NAFTA on regional development and the future of Mexico's energy sector. In 2006, he was visiting professor at the American University in Washington, DC.
Alex Neve is a lawyer who has practised, taught, researched, and adjudicated in the areas of refugee law and international human rights law. Since January 2000, he has been the secretary-general of Amnesty International Canada.
Gustavo Vega-Cànovas is a senior professor, researcher, and director of the Center for International Studies at El Colegio de Mexico. He specializes in international political economy, North American integration, and international trade regulation and is one of Mexico's leading scholars in the field.
Victor López Villafañe is a professor of political science and the director of the Centre for North American Studies at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. He is one of Mexico’s best-known scholars on Mexico-Japan-China relations, and in 2008 he will be a guest of the Beijing Academy of Social Sciences.
Carlos H. Waisman is a professor of political science at the University of California San Diego and the University of Buenos Aires. He has lectured and taught in many countries in Latin America on democracy, civil society, and political theory.
Wesley K. Wark is a professor of international relations at the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto. A historian by training, he is one of Canada’s leading experts on terrorism and homeland security. Currently he is engaged in completing a major book on homeland security and Canadian foreign policy.
Duncan Wood is a professor of political science and director of the program in international relations at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. He is one of Mexico’s experts on security and trade issues.


In the post-NAFTA era, Canada and Mexico face dramatic and irreversible changes from the Bush revolution in foreign public policy, the rising economic power of China and India, new concerns about border security and human rights, and the trends of economic integration. The essays in Big Picture Realities: Canada and Mexico at the Crossroads address the sea change in the political economic order of North America and chronicle the attempts of Canada and Mexico, two very different societies, to come to terms with the accumulated and often contradictory effects of micro and macro changes.
Contributors are Canadian and Mexican scholars and leading authorities in security, immigration, human rights, foreign policy, Canada-Mexico relations, and market integration. This book is particularly valuable for public policy experts and scholars and students in international relations.


Big Picture Realities is a ground-breaking collection that analyzes Canada and Mexico in new and innovative ways. It is a critical contribution for rethinking integration at a time of global structural change.

- José Luis Valdés-Ugalde, Director, Centro de Investigaciones sobre América del Norte(CISAN), Universidad Nacional Auténoma de México (UNAM), 2008 October

Big Picture Realities is a must read to grasp NAFTA's wide-ranging impact on Mexico and Canada. Most importantly, this collection steers the reader through the complex realities of the post-NAFTA era''--where security and immigration concerns overshadow the economic integration agendas of the 1990s--and maps out the challenges and opportunities for the Mexican and Canadian governments in the 21st century. I highly recommend it.

- Eduardo Canel, Director, Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean, York University, 2008 October