Gecelovsky, Paul
March 2009
Canadian Foreign Policy (CFP);2009, Vol. 15 Issue 1, p77
Academic Journal
Over forty years ago, John Holmes argued for the acceptance of some "ambiguity" in the use of the term "middle power," to seek "a logical clarification...would serve only to raise hornets, large, middle, and small." This paper seeks to contribute to the debate concerning middle power by examining middle power as a state of ideas rather than in the usual positional or behavioural terms. It is anticipated that this study will deepen our understanding of the middle power concept by providing an explanation as to its emergence, adoption, and embedment as the ideational framework within which Canada's foreign policy was formulated. The development of the middle power idea from 1941 until the Suez crisis in 1956 is examined.


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