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Issue 29 Columns

It has been remarked that a century generally does not take shape until its second decade. That was certainly true of the last century, whose tragic destiny was first played out on the battlefields of France and Belgium. Whether the same will hold for this century will be for future historians to decide. There is no doubt, however, that in the first half of 2011 there has been shifting ground. The most dramatic events have been in the Middle East and North Africa. Elsewhere in the world, new forces have been emerging as well. Even in Canada, in our typically restrained way, an election that seemed set to give us a repeat of past parliaments produced what may be a long-term political realignment. When the government was defeated in the House and the election was called in late March, we decided to adjust our production schedule so that we could take account of the results. We do so with the editorial that follows this introduction, while also giving some of the flavour of the campaign through our selection from the listserv. However, we decided to persist with our original intention of devoting this issue primarily to foreign policy. As a twice-yearly journal we cannot keep up with the roiling changes in the Middle East, but we have been able to take an in-depth look at two rising powers: China and South Africa.

 

  

 

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The Beijing Consensus: China has astonished the world, but is the dragon as formidable as it looks?

China has indeed astonished the world, but once the shock is over, the dragon begins to look less formidable, more amenable. [From Inroads 29, 2011]
by Reg Whitaker
 

 
 
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The Christian right, Israel and Stephen Harper

After winning the leadership Harper wanted the Christian Right's money, organization and electoral support. But he knew that a too-vocal Christian right would cost him among moderate Conservatives. [From Inroads 29, 2011]
by Arthur Milner
 

 

 
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The great recession (of the left)

Right-wing parties, especially in their contemporary populist guise, have framed a simple, perhaps simplistic, narrative that seems to work better than the confused and often contradictory stories on the left. [From Inroads 29,...
by Reg Whitaker