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Canadians have always been engrossed with their national identity and status both at home and abroad the later intensified during the cold war as Canada tried to understand where they stand on the global hierarchy During the Second World War Canada contributed to the war effort with sizable manpower and played an integral role in the war which did not go unnoticed Canada was one of the few countries that emerged from the war doing well both economically and politically Furthermore this stability had put Canada in a better position than other states at the start of the Cold war and even enabled Canada to help in the reconstruction of Europe Canadas role in the Cold War was of international significance the geography of Canada between the USSR and the USA was of strategic importance as was its NATO commitment to containing the Soviet Union With Canadas changing dynamics during the post war period and after the fall of the Soviet Union the international system changed with only one global power the US This change left many governments including Canada grappling with their position relative to the global system During this period many different frameworks emerged to categorize Canadas place in the international system the principal power satellite state and middle power This essay will argue and demonstrate that Canada is traditionally a middle power by underlining the weaknesses of the principal power and the satellite school framework explaining how the middle power theory is a better representation of Canada on the world stage In order to understand Canadas position as a middle power we must first dispel the principal power framework that argues that Canada is at the top of the international hierarchy of nations According to David Dewitt and John Kirton who introduced the principal power theory Canada is at the top of the international ladder with the ability to act on its own international activities rather than just a mediator including the
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