The Same Yet Different: Continuity and Change in the Canada-United States Post 9/11 Security Relationship. By Bernard James Brister. Kingston, Ontario: Canadian Defence Academy Press, 2012. Notes. Bibliography. Appen dices. Index. Pg. ii, 234. Paperback is free ISBN: 978-1-100-19744-9
Canada and the United States have had a close and cooperative relationship especially because of shared security objectives. From the Canadian perspective, however, an underlying consideration in the relationship has been its concern for preserving Canadian sovereignty. Apprehension in the United States for its own security following the incredible attacks of 9/11 had a ripple effect on relations with Canada. Brister has examined how 9/11 --as a watershed event--challenged the binational security relationship of the two nations.
Brister first explains why the Second World War and the Cold War joined the two nations in common purpose. He points out that Canada aligned its own national policies with those of the United States on major issues of security because it, with the other Western nations, sought security under the umbrella of global American power.
In the aftermath of the Cold War, there emerged a growing pattern of divergence between American global policy and that of Canada, although Canada continued to commit forces to overseas contingencies. Canada, pleased with its trade relationship with the United States, especially with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) implementation, focused more, in the pre-9/11 relationship, on economic security over physical security. The 9/11 attacks on the American homeland, however, compelled both nations to revisit their security relationship. The consequences of change raised again concerns for Canadian sovereignty. Interestingly, some of the issues Brister raises in this book are also the subject matter of the very popular television series, The Border, a Canadian...