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Getting Back in the Game: A Foreign Policy Playbook for Canada [Hardcover]

Paul Heinbecker

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Oct. 5 2010

Has Canada lost its place in the world? Are we destined for a future as middle power, denied a seat at the “grown-ups table”? Some would argue yes?that decades of neglect and inattention have rendered Canadian foreign policy ineffective at best, and non-existent at worst.

Paul Heinbecker?career diplomat and former permanent ambassador to the UN?strongly disagrees. The golden days of Pearson may be long gone, he argues (and perhaps they weren’t quite as “golden” as we’d all like to remember), but Canada still has a role to play.

In Getting Back in the Game, Heinbecker presents his compelling vision for the future of Canadian foreign policy?a future in which Canada can work both with the United States and apart from it; in which our government can take a stand and effect change on issues of the day, from climate change to the Middle East; in which this country has a key role to play in the rehabilitation of global governance.

Drawing on more than thirty years of experience, Heinbecker offers a comprehensive, behind-the-scenes look at how we got to where we are, and how we can move forward. Through a wide range of topics?the institutions of foreign policy; the use of hard, soft and smart power; Canada’s complex relationship with the United States; and the continuing conundrum that is the United Nations, among others?Heinbecker explores the questions and concerns that are on the minds of Canada’s leaders, thinkers, and citizens. In the end, he makes a strong case for Canada’s future on the world stage. Like Mark Twain, he argues that “it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.”


Getting Back in the Game crystallizes Paul Heinbecker’s impressive experience analysis at the active centre of Canadian foreign policy for more than thirty years. His book is informed, fluent, often blunt, and both realistic and optimistic about a Canada which can matter in the world, and a United Nations that is ‘innovative, effective and important.’”
?The Rt. Hon. Joe Clark, scholar, statesman, former Prime Minister of Canada, and Secretary of State for External Affairs 1983?91

“Paul Heinbecker has served a variety of prime ministers and foreign ministers as a thoughtful and clear-spoken analyst of Canadian foreign policy. In this, a veritable ‘playbook’ in Canadian foreign policy past and present, he shares his insight with the Canadian public, and we will all benefit from his intelligent and provocative but always committed rendering of the active role that Canada can play in the world.”
?Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, President of the University of Winnipeg; Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1996?2000

“This is an impressive and comprehensive review of Canada and its place in the world: past, present, and future. It is a highly readable and sensible Canadian foreign policy treatise well rooted in experience and wisdom.”
?John Manley, President and CEO, Canadian Council of Chief Executives; Canada’s Minister for Foreign Affairs 2000?02; and Deputy Prime Minister 2002?03

“Paul Heinbecker makes a very persuasive case for an active, ambitious foreign policy for Canada. Getting Back in the Game should be required reading for all those who think Canada is too small to do anything worthwhile on the world stage.”
?Louise Fr?chette, Canadian Permanent Representative to the United Nations, 1992?94; Deputy Minister of National Defence (1995?98); and UN Deputy Secretary-General, 1998?2006.

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A career diplomat, Paul Heinbecker joined the Department of External Affairs in 1965. He has served both at home and abroad, in positions as varied as Director of the United States General Relations Division, Chief Foreign Policy Advisor to Brian Mulroney, and as the head of the Canadian delegation to Kyoto. In 2000, Heinbecker was appointed Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations.?He represented Canada in the UN Security Council, where he was a leading advocate for and defender of the International Criminal Court and a proponent of compromise on Iraq to give UN weapons inspectors more time to complete their work.? He represented Canada at the contentious Durban conference on human rights. Heinbecker is the inaugural director of the Centre for Global Relations at Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Waterloo. For more information, visit www.heinbecker.ca.

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