My latest book uses the Canadian experience in and about Afghanistan to assess various parts of the foreign/defence policy scene in Canada. Which parts of the Canadian political system adapted the best to the stresses of this difficult mission? Which adapted the worst? On this page, you will find links to the publisher and other outlets, to the book tour, and to the soundtrack.
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“Adapting in the Dust uses the Afghan war as a prism to understand Canadian policymaking, public opinion, and the limitations of Parliament."
Philippe Lagasse, Graduate School of Public and International Affiars, University of Ottawa
“In Adapting in the Dust, Stephen M. Saideman combines scholarly rigour and hard-hitting political analysis to make an important contribution to the accounting of Canada’s Afghanistan experience.
Ron Hoffmann, former Canadian Ambassador to Afghanistan and Director General of Strategic Policy, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development
“By holding up Canada’s mission in Afghanistan as a mirror for Canadian politics and governance, Stephen M. Saideman has performed a great public service. Readers will come away from this short book impressed with Canada’s soldiers, public servants, and media; depressed by Canada’s political leaders and Parliament; but, above all, profoundly enlightened about Canada, Afghanistan, and Canada’s key international relationships. Hard-headed, clear-eyed, appropriately circumspect, and refreshingly even-handed.”
David A. Welch, CIGI Chair of Global Security, Balsillie School of International Affairs, and Professor of Political Science, University of Waterloo
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Alone in Kandahar? Canada in Comparative Perspective
Chapter 3: Considering the Kandahar Conundrum
Chapter 4: The Power of Minority Government:
Chapter 5: The Problematic Parliament
Chapter 6: Whole of Government or Holes in Government
Chapter 7: The Canadian Forces: Winners?
Chapter 8: Where Are the Canadians? The Public and the Media
Chapter 9: Learning Lessons and Drawing Conclusions