North American relations have undergone profound changes over the last 15 years. NAFTA not only created the biggest trading bloc in the world; it was also a catalyst in the conceptualization of the continent as an integrated region. Whereas, prior to 9/11 relations remained primarily at the economic level, the attacks on the U.S. unleashed a new dynamic in North American relations that has seen a significant increase in cooperation in a large number of areas, including security. It remains to be seen whether a new security perimeter encompassing the three countries will emerge. But momentum toward greater collaboration and further integration appears to be afoot. Because of the enormous economic dependence on their mutual neighbour, both Canada and Mexico will need to cooperate with the U .S. on security matters given its importance since 9/11. Ongoing analysis of the evolution of security relations in North America and the impact on Mexico and Canada will therefore not only be likely to continue, but will be necessary. This book aims to contribute to this endeavour.
Jorge Nef is emeritus Professor of Rural Extension Studies, International Development, and Political Studies at the University of Guelph; Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean (ISLAC), University of South Florida; and also Director of the School of Government and Public Administration of the University of Chile. He has field experience in Latin America and the Pacific and a visiting professor and researcher in universities in Canada, the US, Chile, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Mexico and Papua New Guinea. Currently he is the Vice President and President-elect of the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID); past President of the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS). He is the recipient of many teaching awards and recognitions throughout his career (like the lifetime OCUFA Award for Teaching Excellence, twice awarded the UGFA Teaching Award). In recognition of his academic achievements and his service to humanity he was elected Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science. He has done international consultancies for the IDRC, CIDA, and the Pan American Health Organization, and has been an Expert Witness for the Canadian Senate, as well as a member of “Team Canada” in a Prime Ministerial mission to Chile; and early member of the Club of Guelph. . He is also an internationally-recognized poet; having published one book of poems, two CDs, while numerous of his works have appeared in international anthologies.