Adam Chapnick, Canada on the United Nations Security Council: A Small Power on a Large Stage (UBC Press, 2019).

As the twentieth century ended, Canada was completing its sixth term on the United Nations Security Council, more terms than all but three other non-permanent members. A decade later, Ottawa’s attempt to return to the council was dramatically rejected by its global peers, leaving Canadians – and international observers – shocked and disappointed. Drawing from more than twenty archival libraries and more than eighty interviews with experts and practitioners, Canada on the United Nations Security Council tells the story of that defeat and what it means for future campaigns, describing and analyzing Canada’s attempts since 1946, both successful and unsuccessful, to gain a seat as a non-permanent member. It also reveals that while the Canadian commitment to the United Nations itself has always been strong, Ottawa’s attitude towards the Security Council, and to service upon it, has been much less consistent. Nonetheless, the benefits of council membership have consistently equaled or outweighed the costs of participation. Canada on the United Nations Security Council is the definitive history of the Canadian experience on the world’s most powerful stage. It will appeal to students and scholars of Canadian history and international relations, and to policy practitioners, journalists, and those with an interest in foreign policy and global governance.

About the Author
Adam Chapnick is a professor of defence studies at the Royal Military College of Canada and the deputy director of education at the Canadian Forces College. His previous books include Canada’s Voice: The Public Life of John Wendell Holmes (2009) and The Middle Power Project: Canada and the Founding of the United Nations (2005). He is also the author of over 50 other academic essays and book chapters on historical and contemporary issues in Canadian foreign relations, Canadian-American relations, global governance, and teaching and learning. In 2011, RMC awarded him the John Scott Cowan Prize for Research Excellence. Between 2013 and 2015, he co-edited International Journal, Canada’s leading journal of global policy analysis.