Curtis: Is Conservative foreign policy different from Liberal foreign policy?

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6 September, 2011

Yes, in terms of tone and to some extent direction; foreign policy on close examination tends to be bipartisan as it reflects in the end domestic interests, which don’t change all that much over the years.

There’s still the focus on the United States as Canada’s number 1 priority but with a slight tilt to more militarism and less expressed interest in Africa compared to Latin America or South Asia.

We’re a little less constructive on multilateral governance concerning international political arrangements, trade, or development but slightly more on international financial governance…all slight shifts of emphasis but not dramatic with the possible exception of the Arab-Israeli situation, where rhetoric has been more evident than policy change as such.

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