L'intérêt national et la politique étrangère canadienne en Arctique : une tentative d'explication étatiste

Authors: Tremblay, Jérémie
Advisor: Paquin, Jonathan
Abstract: This master’s thesis views the rising interest towards the Arctic since 2006 as part of cyclical phenomena. We explore a theoretical explanation of this redundant agenda-setting fact. An analytical frame inspired by the statist approach is proposed. Our postulate is that foreign policy consists in the management, by the autonomous State, of threats to the national interests. The autonomous State is in return represented by core decision-makers. Four cases are tested: the Manhattan voyage (1968-1970), the Polar Sea transit (1985), the creation of the Arctic Council (1987-1992) and the race for the Arctic (2006-2008). Research shows that almost all increases in Arctic political attention by core decisions-makers appear to have been caused by the presence of threats to the Canadian national interests. A first step towards an explanatory theory of Canadian foreign policy in the Arctic is thereby taken.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2012
Open Access Date: 18 April 2018
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/23505
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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