Central and Eastern Europe in Canadian foreign policy

Бессонова, Марина Миколаївна (2022) Central and Eastern Europe in Canadian foreign policy Міжнародні відносини: теоретико-практичні аспекти (10). pp. 6-33. ISSN 2616-7794

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Abstract

This article examines the place of Central and Eastern Europe among Canadian foreign policy priorities. Canada’s active involvement in international events started in the 20th century and evolved from the monocentric orientation on Great Britain/the United States towards multilateralism and active participation in international organizations and institutions. During the Cold War, the main vector of Canadian policy towards the region was to prevent the spread of communism and to weaken the ties of these countries with the Soviet bloc. At that time policy towards Central and Eastern Europe was a part of Canadian policy towards the Soviet Union. After revolutionary events in 1989-1991 Canadian policy transformed into technical and financial support of the transformation towards democratic changes in the region and evolved into the framework of Canadian policy towards Europe. Since 2014 the mainstream of Canadian policy in the region was completed by security issues caused by the Russian aggression to Ukraine. Events of the full scale military aggression of Russia in Ukraine in 2022 are not covered in this article, because it needs to be an object of special research. Despite the fact that Central and Eastern Europe has never been a priority for Canada, active involvement in the region since 1989 helps Canada to assert itself as a notable international actor. Today's Canada’s policy towards the region and bilateral relations with the nations of Central and Eastern Europe are based on common values and approaches on issues such as support for human rights and democracy, territorial integrity, and the rule of international law. Canada is a country-donor for a great variety of projects and programs which were and still are implemented in this part of Europe. Policy towards the region makes it possible for Canada to deal with new partners abroad, and to take an active part in international organizations and processes. At the beginning of the 21st century, Canada as a middle power tries to use different methods and mechanisms to protect its own national interests in the international arena, and Canada’s involvement in the democratic transformation of Central and Eastern Europe made it possible to consider Canada as an important and influential international player.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Canada; Central and Eastern Europe; Canadian foreign policy
Subjects: Це архівна тематика Київського університету імені Бориса Грінченка > Статті у наукометричних базах > Erih Plus
Це архівна тематика Київського університету імені Бориса Грінченка > Статті у наукометричних базах > Index Copernicus
Це архівна тематика Київського університету імені Бориса Грінченка > Статті у журналах > Фахові (входять до переліку фахових, затверджений МОН)
Divisions: Це архівні підрозділи Київського університету імені Бориса Грінченка > Факультет права та міжнародних відносин > Кафедра міжнародних відносин
Depositing User: доцент Марина Миколаївна Бессонова
Date Deposited: 30 Dec 2022 16:35
Last Modified: 30 Dec 2022 16:35
URI: https://elibrary.kubg.edu.ua/id/eprint/43596

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