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Liberals at the Border

Liberals at the Border: We Stand on Guard for Whom?

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    Liberals at the Border
    Book Description:

    Lloyd Axworthy, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, rose to international prominence in the mid-1990s for his comprehensive campaign to ban the use of anti-personnel landmines, which led to the signing of the Ottawa Treaty in 1997 by 122 countries and his own nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.

    In this wide-ranging lecture, Axworthy reflects on liberal values, Canadian politics, and the rise of U.S./Canadian border issues since the terrorist attack on the United States in September 2001. Axworthy's distinctive voice shines through with personal anecdotes about his life in politics and his thoughts on Canada's sometimes uneasy relations with its southern neighbour and largest trading partner.

    Axworthy addresses many troubling issues, including the conflict in Afghanistan where Canadian soldiers potentially contravened Canada's international treaties by handing over prisoners to the U.S. He also discusses Canadian territorial sovereignty in the context of U.S. 'homeland security,' as well as international inaction on conflicts in Africa that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.

    Dr. Axworthy deliveredLiberals at the Borderin March 2002 as the sixth annual Senator Keith Davey Lecture at Victoria University in the University of Toronto.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-7665-7
    Subjects: Political Science

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Preface
    (pp. vii-viii)
    Paul W. Gooch

      (pp. 3-6)

      I want first to thank President Gooch and especially the incredible political juggernaut that is Keith and Dorothy Davey, two of Canada’s most cherished treasures, for the privilege of participating in this wonderful lecture series.

      Everyone knows about Lloyd Axworthy’s indispensable role in banning land mines, in introducing the concept of human security to the international community, in leading the ban on child soldiers, and in promoting the International Criminal Court. For these and other humanitarian interventions, he has received honorary degrees, the Order of Manitoba, the 2001 World Peace Award, and a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. He...


    • Liberals at the Border: We Stand on Guard for Whom?
      (pp. 9-42)

      Six months ago today, terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon, near Washington, DC. Shock waves from that assault are still reverberating in most corners of the world. The hijacked planes turned into fiery projectiles by a fanatic’s creed destroyed more than precious lives and collapsed more than structures made of concrete and steel. They shook the foundations of many hallowed beliefs, undermined accepted wisdoms, and shattered accustomed ways of thinking and acting.

      Canadians responded to the tragedy of our southern neighbours with sympathy and understanding. We shared their deep revulsion at the remorseless killing...


    • The Honourable Lloyd Axworthy
      (pp. 45-48)
    • Senator Keith Davey
      (pp. 49-52)
    • The Senator Keith Davey Lectures
      (pp. 53-53)