Experts from Canada, Germany and the United States discussed the most pressing and perhaps most controversial aspects of the trilateral and the respective bilateral relationship with a special focus on Canada, the peaceable kingdom. This metaphor, describes Canada's foreign policy identity as a middle power promoting the concepts of collective security and peace-keeping: Should and can Canada fulfill a new role as mediator between the United States and Europe within NATO? How do current developments in European integration (ESDP) affect Canada and transatlantic security relations? What is the impact of September 11, 2001 on Ottawa's and Berlin's relations to the United States?
Dr. Markus Kaim is Assistant Professor of Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Department of Political Science of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Dr. Ursula Lehmkuhl is Professor of North American History and Chair of the History Department of the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Free University of Berlin.