This article examines the recent evolution of the idea of a North American security perimeter, and its implications for Canadian foreign economic policy in an era characterized by a shifting global distribution of power. The current global order is characterized by a rapidly shifting distribution of power away from the United States and toward not only other states (the BRICs) but also other actors - including networks, multinational corporations, and NGOs. Drawing upon the “new regionalisms” school, we argue that Canada's instinctive approach to the “North American game” - emphasizing the historic Canada-US special bilateral relationship is an insufficient and excessively narrow approach for adapting to the global and regional challenges provoked by the rapid onset of nonpolarity.

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Keywords Political Science and International Relations, unipolarity, nonpolarity, multipolarity, North America, regionalism, BRIC, BRICSAM, North American Integration
Publisher Informa UK Limited
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Journal Canadian Foreign Policy Journal
Ayres, Jeffrey, & Macdonald, L. (2012). A community of fate? Nonpolarity and North American security interdependence. Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, 18(1), 92–105. doi:10.1080/11926422.2012.674386