Conflict and National Security in Canada’s Development Policy

  • Eamonn McConnon
Part of the Rethinking International Development series book series (RID)


This chapter examines Canada’s merging of security and development from 1997 to 2015 and its policy towards Ethiopia and Kenya through content and discourse analyses of key Canadian policy documents in addition to interviews with key informants. It argues that while the Canadian government has merged security and development in its defence and foreign policy discourse, its development agency CIDA has not brought security into development policy in a significant way. Unlike the cases of the US and the UK where there is an increase in references to merging security and development after 9/11, the pattern of CIDA is the reverse with a decline after 9/11. Whilst CIDA does refer to the importance of security and development prior to 9/11 at a time when Canada was not involved in active conflict, following 9/11 and Canada’s military involvement in Afghanistan, CIDA does not engage with issues of conflict and security in its policy discourse.


Merging Security Canadian National Security Canadian International Development Agency Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRT) Global Affairs Canada 
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  • Eamonn McConnon
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  1. 1.The School of Law and GovernmentDublin City UniversityDublinIreland

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