Search this site powered by FreeFind

Quick Link

for your convenience!


Human Rights, Youth Voices etc.

click here


For Information Concerning the Crisis in Darfur

click here


Northern Uganda Crisis

click here


 Whistleblowers Need Protection




Canada, The USA and the Dynamics of
State, Industry and Culture


David T Jones (Author)
David Kilgour (Author)

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (September 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470153067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470153062
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

 September 2007

"For Americans, the Canadian emphasis on their difference elicits only shrug-of-the-shoulder indifference. And, to be sure, it is just another facet of not paying attention to their northern neighbors. After all, what significant nation emphasizes that it is not another? But Canadians seem to need to rip up their social, political and emotional roots on a regular basis to examine them. Such an exercise isn't conducive to growth."


Despite sharing the world's largest undefended border, the current relationship between Canada and the US is not quite as sanguine as our geographic proximity would suggest.   We are related to one another through a number of factors – social, political, technological and economic – however, each country seems more preoccupied with counting grievances against the other than constructively working towards mutual understanding – or at least appreciation.


In Uneasy Neighbo(u)rs: Canada, the USA and the Dynamic of State, Industry and Culture (Wiley; September 2007; Cloth; $33.99) authors David Kilgour (a Canadian) and David T. Jones (an American) examine international issues from the front lines.   Without resorting to blanket classification of our differences (whether they be "black and white" or "fire and ice"), Kilgour and Jones delve into the middle ground to explore the hot-button issues:     

·   National identity and Self –Image: "The United States has emphasized (and is willing to enforce) unity; Canada has tolerated an almost unprecedented level of disunity and has remained one country."

·   Democratic Culture and Practices: While Americans view government as a necessary evil, Canadians tend to view government as a good thing, trusted to act in the public interest.

·   Economic and Resource Management: One of the greatest challenges Canada and the US face is the tension between energy use and conservation – the US is the world's largest energy consumer while Canada could be the largest producer of petroleum in the world.

·   Culture, Education and Religion: Canada and the US hold their respective cultures as a point of pride, but are both struggling as public education fails to meet the national standards and the standards of other industrialized countries.

·   Health Care: No matter what side of the border you're on, health care faces a systematic problem: "in the end, we all die." Both countries face the same frustration as many worthy social programs are competing for limited funding – health care included.

·   Military:The US outspends the world for defense/security – and still believes itself at risk; has Canada abdicated its security to the US?


By taking on the issues that bind our countries together, Kilgour and Jones are ultimately searching for productive avenues of discussion to move beyond the mudslinging that so often passes for discourse across our border.   


About the Authors

David Kilgour, based in Ottawa, is a former MP for both the Conservative and Liberal Parties. He has also served as the Secretary of State for Latin America and Africa, Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific and Deputy Speaker of the House.

David T. Jones, based in Arlington VA, is a retired US senior foreign-service officer, focusing on NATO and arms control issues. He served as the political minister counselor at the US Embassy in Ottawa from 1992-1996.



Uneasy Neighbo(u)rs:

Canada , the USA and the Dynamics of State, Industry and Culture

By David Kilgour and David T. Jones

September 2007; Cloth; $33.99

ISBN 978-0-470-15306-2


For more information please contact Deborah Guichelaar at 416. 236.4433 x53013 or .


Home Books Photo Gallery About David Survey Results Useful Links Submit Feedback