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Canada and the Middle East

In Theory and Practice

Edited by Bessma Momani & Paul Heinbecker
Subjects Political Science, International Relations
Series Studies in International Governance Hide Details
Paperback : 9781554580248, 246 pages, October 2007
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781554587551, 246 pages, October 2010
Ebook (PDF) : 9781554581153, 246 pages, October 2007

Table of contents

Table of Contents for Canada and the Middle East: In Theory and Practice, edited by Paul Heinbecker and Bessma Momani
Canada and the Middle East: Ambivalence or Engagement? | Paul Heinbecker and Bessma Momani
Practitioners’ Perspectives on Canada–Middle East Relations | Michael Bell, Michael Molloy, David Sultan, and Sallama Shaker
Applying Canadian Principles to Peace and Conflict Resolution in the Middle East | Nathan C. Funk
Talking One Talk, Walking Another: Norm Entrepreneurship and Canada’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East | Marie-Joëlle Zahar
p> Canada’s Role in the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process | Rex Brynen
Canadian Interests and Democracy Promotion in the Middle East | Janine A. Clark
Promoting Civil Society Advocacy in the Middle East and at Home: Non-Governmental Organizations, the Canadian International Development Agency, and the Middle East Working Group, 1991–2001 | Paul Kingston
The International Development Research Centre and the Middle East: Issues and Research | Bruce Muirhead and Ron Harpelle
Canada’s Economic Interests in the Middle East | Bessma Momani and Agata Antkiewicz
Canada’s Jewish and Arab Communities and Canadian Foreign Policy | Brent E. Sasley and Tami Amanda Jacoby
Inland Refugee Claimants from the Middle East and Humanitarianism in Canadian Foreign Policy | Nergis Canefe
Agata Antkiewicz is Senior Researcher at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, where she oversees economic governance projects. She holds an MA in economics, specializing in international trade and international relations from the University of Economics in Wroclaw, Poland. Antkiewicz’s authored or co-authored articles have been published by the World Economy, Review of International Organizations, Canadian Public Policy, Third World Quarterly, and National Bureau of Economic Research.
Michael Bell is Paul Martin Senior Scholar in International Diplomacy at the University of Windsor. He is also co-director of the Jerusalem Old City Initiative. In 2007 he completed two years as chair of the donor committee of the International Reconstruction Fund Facility for Iraq. Bell spent 36 years in the Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, serving as ambassador to Jordan (1987–90), Egypt (1994–98), and Israel (1990–92 and 1992–2003).
Rex Brynen is a professor of political science at McGill University, and author, editor, or co-editor of eight books on regional security and political development in the Middle East. In addition to his academic work he has served as a member of the policy staff of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and as a consultant to the Privy Council Office, the Canadian International Development Agency, the International Development Research Centre, the World Bank, and others.
Nergis Canefe is an associate professor of political science at York University, an SJD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School, and resident faculty at the Centre for Refugee Studies. Her areas of expertise are political violence, nationalism studies, minority rights, diaspora politics, and crimes against humanity.
Janine A. Clark is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Guelph. She is the author of Islam, Charity, and Activism: Middle-Class Networks and Social Welfare in Egypt, Jordan, and Yemen (Indiana University Press, 2004) as well as numerous articles on political Islam. She is also co-editor of Economic Liberalization, Democratization and Civil Society in the Developing World (St. Martin’s Press, 2000).
Nathan C. Funk is assistant professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Waterloo’s Conrad Grebel University College, with previous appointments at American University and George Washington University. His publications on intercultural dialogue and Middle East policy include Peace and Conflict Resolution in Islam (University Press of America, 2001), Ameen Rihani: Bridging East and West (University Press of America, 2004), and Making Peace with Islam (forthcoming).
Ronald Harpelle of Lakehead University’s Department of History is a specialist in 20th-century British West Indian immigration and settlement. He has been commissioned, with Bruce Muirhead of the University of Waterloo, to write an intellectual history of the International Development Research Centre.
Paul Heinbecker was a former chief foreign policy advisor to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, ambassador to Germany, and permanent representative of Canada at the United Nations. He is currently the director of the Laurier Centre for Global Relations and a distinguished fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, both in Waterloo. He is the co-editor of Irrelevant or Indispensable? The United Nations in the 21st Century (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2005) and a frequent writer in journals, magazines, and newspapers and commentator on television.
Tami Amanda Jacoby is acting director of the Centre for Defence and Security Studies, and associate professor of political studies at the University of Manitoba. She has published in the areas of Middle East politics, gender studies, terrorism, and Canadian foreign policy. Her two most recent books are Women in Zones of Conflict: Power and Resistance in Israel (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2005) and Bridging the Barrier: Israeli Unilateral Disengagement (Ashgate Publishing, 2007).
Paul Kingston is an associate professor of political science and international development studies at the University of Toronto, Scarborough. His work focuses on the history and political economy of development in the contemporary Middle East and he is currently completing a book on civil society, non-governmental organizations, and advocacy politics in postwar Lebanon.
Michael Molloy spent 35 years in the Canadian foreign service specializing in refugee policy and operations. Assignments abroad included Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan. From 1993 to 1996 he was advisor to Refugee Working Group. He was ambassador to Jordan from 1996 to 2000 and Canadian Special Coordinator for the Peace Process and chair of the Refugee Workig Group from 2000 to 2003. In retirement he continues to work on “final status” issues including Jerusalem and the Palestinian refugee problem.
Bessma Momani is an assistant professor in the departments of political science and history at the University of Waterloo and a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation. She has a monograph entitled IMF–Egyptian Debt Negotiations (American University in Cairo Press, 2005), is co-author of Twentieth Century World History: A Canadian Perspective (Nelson Education, 2006), and has published articles in over a dozen political and economic journals.
Bruce Muirhead teaches Canadian history at the University of Waterloo. He has published in the area of international financial relations and international trade. This chapter, written with Ron Harpelle, is his first foray into the complicated world of the Middle East.
Brent E. Sasley is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Texas at Arlington. His previous book, Redefining Security in the Middle East (University of British Columbia Press, 2002), was co-edited with Tami Amanda Jacoby, and his next book on the politics of governing in the Middle East will be published in 2008. His research focuses on Middle East security and, more broadly, on foreign policy analysis. His current project centres on the role of emotions in foreign policy decision making.
Sallama Shaker is Egypt’s former assistant minister of foreign affairs for the Americas and ambassador of Egypt to Canada. Since January 2007, she is visiting professor at Claremont Graduate University in South California. She has a PhD from the School of International Services at the American University in Washington, DC and has authored State, Society, and Privatization in Turkey,1979–1990 (Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 1995).
David Sultan was born in Cairo in 1938 and immigrated to Israel in 1949. After receiving an MA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he joined Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1964. As a diplomat with 40 years’ experience, he has served as Israeli ambassador to Egypt, Turkey, and, in 1996–2000, to Canada. In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs he also served as head of the Middle East and Peace Process Department.
Marie-Joëlle Zahar is an associate professor of political science at the Université de Montréal. Her research focuses on conflict resolution and post-conflict peace building. Her work on the Middle East has appeared in Critique Internationale, International Journal, and Conflits dans le monde, as well as in a number of edited collections. She is currently completing a manuscript on political dynamics in postcivil war Lebanon and their impact on reconstruction and the sustainability of peace.


Canada and the Middle East: In Theory and Practice provides a unique perspective on one of the world’s most geopolitically important regions. From the perspective of Canada’s diplomats, academics, and former policy practitioners involved in the region, the book offers an overview of Canada’s relationship with the Middle East and the challenges Canada faces there. The contributors examine Canada’s efforts to promote its interests and values—peace building, peacekeeping, multiculturalism, and multilateralism, for example—and investigate the views of interested communities on Canada’s relations with countries of the Middle East.
Canada and the Middle East will be useful to academics and students studying the Middle East, Canadian foreign policy, and international relations. It will also serve as a primer for Canadian companies investing in the Middle East and a helpful reference for Canada’s foreign service and journalists stationed abroad by providing a background to Canadas interestsand role in the region.
Co-published with the Centre for International Governance Innovation