search : contact us : about us : site guide : home

  University of British Columbia Press
 Search Our Catalogue
  search by subject

 UBC Press
About UBC Press
Conferences & Events
Contact Us
Media Centre
Publishing With UBC Press
Publishers Represented
Staff Directory

Forthcoming Titles
How To Order
Recent Reviews
Review Copies

 Join Our Mailing List
Sign Up
Privacy Statement
Frequent Questions
Privacy Statement
Site Guide
Website Feedback

 Featured Title
Canada and Ballistic Missile Defence, 1954-2009
Déjà Vu All Over Again
James Fergusson  

$87.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 5/18/2010
ISBN: 9780774817509    

$36.95 Paperback
Release Date: 11/1/2010
ISBN: 9780774817516    

352 Pages

Studies in Canadian Military History series


About the Book

Since the mid-1950s, successive Canadian governments have grappled with the issue of Canada's participation in US ballistic missile defence programs. Until Paul Martin's Liberal government finally said no, policy-makers responded to US initiatives with fear and uncertainty as they endlessly debated the implications -- at home and abroad -- of participation. However, whether this is the end of the story remains to be seen.

Drawing on previously classified government documents and interviews with senior officials, James Fergusson assesses Canada's policy deliberations and rationales for avoiding a definitive commitment in response to five major US initiatives. He reveals that a combination of factors resulted in indecision: weak leadership, wrangling between the Departments of External Affairs and National Defence, a belief that the United States would defend Canada without much Canadian participation, and a tendency to place uncertain and ill-defined notions of international security before national defence. Successive Canadian governments have failed to transform the debate over ballistic missile defence into an opportunity to define Canada's strategic interests at home and on the world stage.

Balanced and engaging, Canada and Ballistic Missile Defense offers the first full account of Canada's uncertain response to US ballistic missile defence initiatives and an exploration of the implications of this indecision. It is essential reading for policy-makers, students, and scholars of Canadian foreign and defence policy as well as anyone who wants a fuller understanding of Canadian-American relations.

Published in association with the Canadian War Museum.

About the Author(s)

James Fergusson is the director of the Centre for Defence and Security Studies and a professor in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Manitoba.

Table of Contents


Prologue -- What’s with Defence?
Act 1 -- Anti-Ballistic Missiles: Don’t Worry, Be Happy (1954-71)
Act 2 -- The Strategic Defence Initiative: Much Ado About Very Little (1972-85)
Act 3 -- Global Protection against Limited Strikes: Too Close for Comfort (1986-92)
Act 4 -- National Missile Defense: Let Sleeping Dogs Lie (1993-2000)
Act 5 -- Ground-Based Mid-Course Defense: Is this the End? (2001-05)
Epilogue -- Forward to the Past (2005 and Beyond)



"This book should serve as a ‘lessons learned’ reference for our political and military leadership with respect to development of coherent strategic policies. It is also a very useful historical source for students and scholars of politics and history."
- Major Fred Brulier, Canadian Defence Academy, Kingston ON, Canadian Military Journal, Vol. 11, No. 3, 2012

"James Fergusson has followed ballistic missile defense and Canadian defense policy for decades, and his passion is reflected in this, the first history that treats these topics in a single volume."
- D. McIntosh, Slippery Rock University Pennsylvania, CHOICE, May 2011, Vol. 48, No. 09

This is the first attempt to tell the full story of Canada’s policy regarding ballistic missile defence. Fergusson lives and breathes this topic and, in this book, he demonstrates an unsurpassed personal experience and knowledge of all the relevant government documents and academic literature, from Canada, the US, and elsewhere. He is ‘Mr. BMD’ in Canada, and few can approach his expertise. His book is a much-need corrective to the biased and often ideologically based accounts dealing with different aspects of Canadian policy-making in this area.
--Danford Middlemiss, co-author of Canadian Defence: Decisions and Determinants

This is important scholarship. It is the first history of Canada and ballistic missile defence, placing the most recent debates in the context of more than fifty years of developments and revealing recurring (and lamentable) patterns of Canadian decision making. Moreover, it also sheds needed light on Canadian involvement in NORAD, Canada-US relations more broadly, and how important defence decisions are made in Canada.
--Joseph Jockel, author of Canada in NORAD, 1957-2007: A History

Sample Chapter

Front Matter and Chapter One

Related Topics

Security Studies
History > Military
History > Canada
Political Science

Other Ways To Order

In Canada, order your copy of Canada and Ballistic Missile Defence, 1954-2009 from UTP Distribution at:

UTP Distribution
5201 Dufferin Street
Toronto, Ontario
M3H 5T8

Phone orders: 1(800)565-9523 or (416)667-7791
Fax orders: 1(800)221-9985 or (416)667-7832

Ordering information for customers outside Canada

© 2001 UBC Press
2029 West Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6T 1Z2
t. 604.822.5959 | f. 604.822.6083 | e.
Vancouver Web Design by Internet-Exposure