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Issue 29 – Summer Fall 2011

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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South Africa’s foreign policy under Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma

There was a widely held assumption that after the replacement of Thabo Mbeki by Jacob Zuma there would be a change in South Africa’s foreign policy. But this assumption has not held true. [From Inroads 29, 2011]
by Chris Landsberg

mayor calgary

Politics, new style

The attack ads, the sound bites, the lack of substantive policy discussions, the scandals - make me wonder whether real change can come through formal political structures and institutions. [From Inroads 29, 2011]
by Roberta Lexier



CIDA, governance and Muhammad Yunus

Since late 2010, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has waged a campaign of character assassination against Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank and winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. [From Inroads 29, 2011]
by John Richards


Rebranding the oil sands

The Conservative government has been trying to rebrand Canada’s image by linking energy supplies and the extraction of resources to environmentalism and democratic ideals. [From Inroads 29, 2011]
by Richard Nimijean



The treason of the intellectuals − again

In the evolution of the Libyan situation in recent years, high-profile Western intellectuals have had significant interaction with the regime. A number of these have been leading exponents of democratization [From Inroads 29, 2...
by Philip Resnick


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



Mario Vargas Llosa and the end of authoritarian regimes

Readers seeking to understand the end of authoritarian regimes could do no better than to start with a book by Nobel Laurate Mario Vargas Llosa: The Feast of the Goat. [From Inroads 29, 2011]
by Henry Milner


That doleful October, 40 years later − 1: Voices of dissent, in English

Their purpose is to dispel an “objectionable notion that the English stood united against Quebec. I never shared this perception, but acknowledge it is held firmly by some: I applaud the editors’ determination to lay it to...
by Pierre Joncas



The francophone discovery of Jewish Quebec

Sympathetic interest among francophone Quebecers in the Jewish community in their midst is recent; it dates from the 1980s. Three new books in French indicate that this interest has reached a certain level of maturity [From Inr...
by Bob Chodos


An Establishment answer to Canadian declinism

In a fortunate position in a dangerous world, we should do what we can to promote peace, human rights and development. Despite everything, all three have made significant progress since the days of Pearson or even of Mulroney. ...
by Gareth Morley



Al Qaeda challenge, American response

It would be the supreme irony if Obama, elected in large part as a rebuke to George Bush for involving the US in two wars, took it into a third. [From Inroads 29, 2011]
by Carl Cavanagh Hodge


Quebec’s Quiet Revolution, 50 years later

For many decades Quebec was unable to narrow the 20 per cent its 20 percent standard of living gap with Ontario. But now the goals of the Quiet Revolution have been largely achieved. [From Inroads 29, 2011]
by Pierre Fortin



Quebec’s $7-a-day daycare: Doubts about the doubts

Camil Bouchard and John Richards continue the debate on Quebec’s $7-a-day daycare program that began in the last issue of Inroads. [From Inroads 29, 2011]
by John Richards


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


ignatieff and layton

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

election table

A system that worked

This sharp delivery of change to the political landscape reflects a system that worked. Our archaic first-past-the-post election machinery produced the sort of change that many voters seemed to want and expect. [From Inroads 29...
by Finn Poschmann



After the election: What have we wrought?

Layton opposed this “Green Shift” and the pioneering British Columbia carbon tax introduced that year. Every European government has endorsed consumption taxation based on the principle of taxing “value added”. [From I...
by Bob Chodos