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“In a quest to solve its deep-seated problems, the United States has sought solutions everywhere except its North American home. In Dependent America?...Clarkson and Mildenberger make a cogent case for why U.S. revitalization will depend on building a deeper, more collaborative relationship with Mexico and Canada.”—Robert A. Pastor, professor, American University and author of The North American Idea

“Stephen Clarkson is an exceptional documentalist of the North American relationship between the NAFTA partners. This final volume of his trilogy, co-produced with Matto Mildenberger, amasses a great deal of information on the critical axes of North American power. Dependent America? could well become a very important text for the Canadian public to re-examine, through a new lens, the American exercise of power in North America.”—Daniel Drache, professor of political science and senior research fellow, Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, York University

“A must-read for the layman as well as the serious scholar, Dependent America? is an indispensable tool for understanding North America’s geopolitical relations and realities, which constantly escape the grasp of structured and detailed analysis. At this doubtlessly crucial moment in the making and breaking of the continent, Dependent America? should find its way into the hands of North American politicians who are tired of extra-continental adventures, and ready to champion the quest of visionary nation-building.”—Lorenzo Vignal, Ambassador of Mexico (Ret.)

“Challenging the prevailing wisdom that Canadian and Mexican policy choices are primarily influenced by the United States, Dependent America? makes an important contribution to scholarship. This well-researched project, which includes interviews conducted with prominent officials in all three countries, demonstrates the authors’ impressive knowledge of North American trade relations.”—Christopher Kukucha, Department of Political Science, University of Lethbridge

Dependent America? is an engaging bookend to a remarkable trilogy on the elusive North American community. Clarkson and Mildenberger provide a refreshing challenge to the conventional wisdom of the U.S. as a self-determined power, and encourage especially Canadians to reflect more profoundly on their role in both constructing and limiting North America’s interdependencies. The book also will certainly be welcomed as a unique contribution to broader debates on the hegemonic decline of the U.S.”—Jeffrey Ayres, Department of Political Science, Saint Michael’s College

Chapter List

Introduction: Is America “Dependent”?

Part I:  Growing the United States' Economy
1. Making the U.S. Economy Bigger and More Competitive
2. Supporting and Impeding U.S. Energy Security
3. Constructing the U.S. Labour Market

Part II: Building U.S. Security
4. Continental Defence: Extending the United States' Military Perimeter
5. Building U.S. Homeland Security against the Terrorist Threat
6. Constructing and Constraining U.S. Narcotics Security

Part III: Constructing and Constraining the Reach of U.S. Power
7. Supporting the Governance Base for U.S. International Economic Power
8. Thwarting the United States in International Criminal Law
9.Offsetting the U.S. Embargo of Revolutionary Cuba

Conclusion: Peripheral Visions

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