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The Politics of War: Canada's Afghanistan Mission, 2001-14 Hardcover – Oct. 1 2017

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Although written by political scientists, this book is very accessible to students of the campaign in Afghanistan—whether they be academics, military personnel, or the general reader. It is highly recommended for the view of the “home game” it provides and as a reflection of the military “away game” being played out overseas.

-- Ken Reynolds ― Canadian Military History Journal, Vol. 28, No. 1

This outstanding book is a must-read for anyone interested in Canadian foreign and defence policy, particularly the Afghanistan mission. It manages to make an original contribution to the issue of Canada and Afghanistan while at the same time providing a strong empirical confirmation of an existing critical understanding of Canada and its foreign and defence policy. -- James Fergusson, director of the Centre for Defence and Security Studies and professor in the Department of Political Studies, University of Manitoba

The Politics of War will quickly become one of the top sources on Canada’s Afghanistan mission. This is a first-class piece of scholarship that deserves to be widely read and cited. -- Duane Bratt, professor and chair of the Department of Policy Studies, Mount Royal University

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The Politics of War analyzes the impact of political elites, Parliament, and public opinion on Canada’s mission in Afghanistan to demonstrate how much of Canada’s involvement was shaped by the vagaries of domestic politics.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ UBC Press (Oct. 1 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 300 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 077483627X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0774836272
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 560 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.88 x 2.54 x 23.5 cm
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I am a professor emeritus in the Department of Political Studies and a fellow in the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

I was born in 1952 in London, England, and went to school in Melbourne, Beijing, Toronto and Hong Kong. I attended the University of Toronto in the early and mid-1970s, receiving all my degrees from that institution: B.A. (1972), M.A. (1974) and Ph.D. (1977). My doctoral dissertation was supervised by John W. Holmes, James G. Eayrs and Robert O. Matthews, all professors in the Department of Political Economy at U of T.

In 1976 I joined the Department of Political Science at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, where I taught for twenty-five years, serving as chair of the Department from 1992 to 1996.

In 2001 I came to Queen’s University as the head of the Department of Political Studies, a position I held until 2009. From 2011 to 2013, I was the director of the Centre for International and Defence Policy, and from 2013 to 2015, I served as the Stauffer-Dunning Chair of Policy Studies and the director of the Queen’s School of Policy Studies. I retired from Queen's in 2020.

My areas of expertise are Canadian and Australian foreign and defence policy. I taught courses on international relations, Canadian foreign policy, and the causes of war. At both McMaster and Queen’s, I also regularly taught the first-year introduction to political science.

In 2000, I was appointed by the Minister of National Defence to serve on the Academic Selection Committee of the Security and Defence Forum, a program of the Department of National Defence that was designed to encourage the academic study of defence and security policy across Canada. I served as chair of the committee from 2006 until 2012, when the program was terminated by DND.

I am a former editor of International Journal, the quarterly journal of the Canadian International Council (1992–1997), and a former president of the Canadian Political Science Association (2005–2006). From 2008 to 2013 I held the Sir Edward Peacock Professorship in International Relations at Queen’s. In 2017 I was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Royal Military College of Canada. In 2019, I was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

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