Canada has had a longer history in Colombia than might be suggested by the recent flurry of activity around the Canada-Colombia trade agreement. For much of the last 100 years, Canada has been a significant player in Colombian business. Before United States law allowed U.S. branch banking, the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), along with […]
Stephen J. Randall, FRSC, PhD (Toronto), is Professor of History at the University of Calgary. He is a Senior Fellow with the Canadian International Council for 2009-2010. As Senior Fellow with the Council he has published papers on Latin American Security, foreign aid, human rights and development as well as trade and foreign investment. He served as Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences (1994-2006) at the University of Calgary. He served as director of the Institute for United States Policy Research in the School of Public Policy (2006-2009). He held previous appointments at McGill University (1974-1989), where he served two terms as chair of the Department of History, and the University of Toronto (1971-1974). In Calgary he was the founding director of the Canadian Foundation for the Americas (West) and a founding member of the Canadian Council of the Americas. He is an elected member of the Royal Society of Canada, and a fellow with the Canadian Defense and Foreign Affairs Institute. He was a member of the editorial board of the Latin American Research Review (2004-2009), and was co-editor of International Journal of the Canadian Institute for International Affairs. A specialist in United States foreign policy and Latin American international relations and politics, he holds the Grand Cross, Order of Merit from the Presidency of Colombia. Dr. Randall has served with the United Nations, Organization of American States and Carter Center in international election supervision in the Caribbean, Latin America and Southeast Asia. In 2007 he held the Fulbright Visiting Chair in North American Studies at American University, Washington D.C. He is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of a number of books, including: The Diplomacy of Modernization: The United States and Colombia, 1920-1940 (1977), (Spanish edition 1989); United States Foreign Oil Policy (1984); Hegemony and Interdependence: Colombia and the United States (1992; Spanish Edition 1992)); Ambivalent Allies: Canada and the United States( 1994, 1996, 2002, with John H. Thompson); Canada and Latin America (1992, with Mark O. Dickerson); Federalism and the New World Order (1994, with Roger Gibbins); An International History of the Caribbean Basin(1998, with Graeme S. Mount); North America Without Borders(1992, with Herman Konrad); NAFTA in Transition( 1995, with Herman Konrad). His most recent books are: United States foreign oil policy since World War I. (2005); the 4th edition of Ambivalent Allies (2008); the authorized biography of Alfonso López Michelsen, President of Colombia (1974-1978) by Villegas Editores in Bogotá (2007).