Social 20: Middle Powers

The notion that Canada is a middle power goes back to political scientist John Holmes (but certainly traces further – Botero’s power rankings are informative). What powers can be exercised by a mezano vary by scholar. So, too, do the interpretations of Canada’s place in the world.

20-1 your task: Read a selection of articles on Canada as a middle power. Evaluate whether or not you believe Canada IS a middle power and describe the tools available to middle power countries. Cite your sources.

Launching off points…

Time for a foreign policy reset

Canada’s middle power dilemma

The bridge between weak and powerful states

Middle power countries still timid

Middle Powers during transition

20-2 your task: Read this article and summarize the arguments for why each of the countries listed are Great Powers. Then, identify and describe three other countries that may be considered Great Powers.

Mr. McIntosh

Teacher - Humanities

In a typical year I teach a range of courses from elementary to high school. I am our school's Social Studies specialist, teaching high school social, as well as a member of the PE team.

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