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Canada and Africa in the New Millennium

The Politics of Consistent Inconsistency

By David R. Black
Subjects Social Science, Development Studies, Political Science, African Politics
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Paperback : 9781771120609, 328 pages, March 2015
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781771120623, 328 pages, March 2015
Ebook (PDF) : 9781771120616, 328 pages, March 2015

Table of contents

Table of Contents for Canada and Africa in the New Millennium: The Politics of Consistent Inconsistency by David R. Black
List of Abbreviations
1. Theorizing Canadian Policy toward Africa
2. Canada, the G8, and Africa: The Rise and Decline of a Hegemonic Project
3. “Africa” as Serial Morality Tale in Canadian Foreign Policy
4. “Iconic Internationalists” and the Representation of Canada in/through Africa
5. Canadian Aid to Africa: The Elusive Search for Purpose
6. Canada and Peace Operations in Africa: The Logic and Limits of Engagement
7. Canadian Extractive Companies in Africa: Exposing the Hegemonic Imperative (with Malcolm Savage)
8. Conclusion: Africa Policy and the End of Liberal Internationalism?
Appendix A: Canadian Bilateral Aid to Sub-Saharan Africa 1990–2010
Appendix B: United Nations Peace Support Missions since 1990
Appendix C: Key Canadian Contributions to Peace Operations in Africa since 1990


Canada’s engagement with post-independence Africa presents a puzzle. Although Canada is recognized for its activism where Africa is concerned, critics have long noted the contradictions that underlie Canadian involvement. Focusing on the period following 2000, and by juxtaposing Jean Chrétien’s G8 activism with the Harper government’s retreat from continental engagement, David R. Black’s Canada and Africa in the New Millennium illustrates a history of consistent inconsistency in Canada’s relationship with Africa. Black combines three interpretive frames to account for this record: the tradition of “good international citizenship”; Canada’s role as a benign face of Western hegemonic interests in Africa; and Africa’s role as the basis for a longstanding narrative concerning Canada’s ethical mission in the world. To examine Africa’s place in Canada’s foreign policy—and Canada’s place in Africa—Black focuses on G8 diplomacy, foreign aid, security assistance through peace operations and training, and the increasingly controversial impact of Canadian extractive companies. Offering an integrated account of Canada’s role in sub-Saharan Africa, Black provides a way of understanding the nature and resilience of recent shifts in Canadian policy. He underscores how Africa—though marginal to Canadian interests as traditionally conceived—has served as an important marker of Canada’s international role.