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.

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

-The real success of middle power internationalism


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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