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Dr. Asa McKercher
Dr. Asa McKercher
Steven K. Hudson Research Chair In Canada-Us Relations
 
 
 

Dr. Asa McKercher (PhD, Cambridge) is Steven K. Hudson Research Chair in Canada-US Relations and Associate Professor in Public Policy and Governance at St. Francis Xavier University. A specialist in Canada-US relations, Canadian foreign policy, US foreign policy, and politics and culture in North America, he has previously taught at Queen’s University, McMaster University, and the Royal Military College of Canada. Currently, he is editor-in-chief of International Journal, Canada's journal of global policy analysis, and is a Senior Fellow at the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, and a Fellow at the Queen’s Centre for International and Defence Policy. 

Publications

 

Books

Adam Chapnick and Asa McKercher. Canada First but Not Canada Alone: Case Studies in Canadian Foreign Policy History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2024.

Asa McKercher and Michael D. Stevenson. Building a Special Relationship: Canada-US Relations in the Eisenhower Era, 1953-1961. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2024.

Asa McKercher. Canada and the World Since 1867. London: Bloomsbury, 2019.

Asa McKercher and Catherine Krull. Entangled Terrains and Identities in Cuba: Memories of Guantánamo. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2019.

Asa McKercher. Camelot and Canada: Canadian-American Relations in the Kennedy Era. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

 

 

Edited Collections

Asa McKercher and Michael D. Stevenson, eds. North of America: Canadians and the American Century, 1945-61. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2023.

Asa McKercher and Philip van Huizen, eds. Undiplomatic History: Rethinking Canada in the World. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019.

Asa McKercher and Galen Roger Perras, eds. Mike’s World: Lester B. Pearson and Canadian External Affairs. Vancouver: UBC, 2017.

 

 

Articles (Peer-Reviewed)

Asa McKercher. “Ron Gostick, the Canadian Intelligence Service, and the ‘Paranoid Style’ in Postwar Canada.” American Review of Canadian Studies 54, no. 1 (2024): 95­–111.

Asa McKercher. “‘How Reliable An Ally?’: Surveying American Power and Credibility After The Fall Of Saigon – And Kabul.” International Journal 77, no. 1 (2022): 112–24.

Asa McKercher. “The Edmund Burke Society and Right-Wing Extremism in Late Twentieth-Century Canada.” Canadian Historical Review 103, no. 1 (2022): 75–99.

Asa McKercher and Michael D. Stevenson. “‘Under Your Inspired Leadership’: Dwight Eisenhower, Canadians, and the Canada-United States Consensus, 1945-1961.” International Journal 75, no. 4 (2020).

Asa McKercher. “Too Close for Comfort: Canada, the US Civil Rights Movement, and the North American Colo(u)r Line.” Journal of American History 106, no. 1 (2019): 72–96.

Asa McKercher and Timothy Andrews Sayle. “Skyhawk, Skyshield, and the Soviets: Revisiting Canada’s Cold War.” Historical Journal 61, no. 2 (2018): 453–75.

Asa McKercher. “Reason Over Passion: Pierre Trudeau, Human Rights, and Canadian Foreign Policy.” International Journal 73, no. 1 (2018): 129–45.

Asa McKercher. “No, Prime Minister: Revisiting Diefenbaker and the ‘Pearsonalities.’” Canadian Journal of History 52, no. 2 (2017): 264–89.

Asa McKercher. “Toward Canada and the World: Thoughts on the Future of Canadian Foreign Policy History.” International Journal 72, no. 2 (2017): 243–54.

Asa McKercher. “The Art of Soft Power at Expo 67: Creative America and Cultural Diplomacy in the US Pavilion.” Journal of Curatorial Studies 5, no. 3 (2016): 366–86.

Asa McKercher and Leah Sarson. “Dollars and Sense?: The Harper Government, Economic Diplomacy, and Canadian Foreign Policy.” International Journal 71, no. 3 (2016): 351–70.

Asa McKercher. “Sound and Fury: Diefenbaker, Human Rights, and Canadian Foreign Policy.” Canadian Historical Review 97, no. 2 (2016): 165–94.

Asa McKercher. “The Trouble With Self-Determination: Canada, Soviet Colonialism, and the United Nations, 1960-1963.” International Journal of Human Rights 20, no. 3 (2016): 343–64.

Asa McKercher. “A Helpful Fixer in a Hard Place: Canadian Mediation in the U.S. Confrontation with Cuba.” Journal of Cold War Studies 17, no. 3 (2015): 4–35.

Asa McKercher. “‘Ultimate Destiny’ Delayed: The Liberals, the Organization of American States, and Canadian Foreign Policy, 1963-1968.” Diplomacy & Statecraft 25, no. 3 (2014): 472–91.

Asa McKercher. “The Centre Cannot Hold: Canada, Colonialism, and the ‘Afro-Asian Bloc’ at the United Nations, 1960-1962.” Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 42, no. 2 (2014): 329–49.

Asa McKercher. “Steamed Up: Domestic Politics, Congress and Cuba, 1959-1963.” Diplomatic History­ 38, no. 3 (2014): 599–627.

Asa McKercher. “Diefenbaker’s World: One Canada and the History of Canadian-American Relations, 1961-63.” The Historian 75, no. 1 (2013): 94–120.

Asa McKercher. “‘An Omen of Things to Come’: The Goldwater Campaign, American Conservatism and the ‘Special Relationship.’” Journal of Transatlantic Studies 10, no. 3 (2012): 234–51.

Asa McKercher. “Principles and Partnership: Merchant, Heeney, and the Craft of Canada-US Relations.” American Review of Canadian Studies 42, no. 1 (2012): 67–83.

Asa McKercher. “Southern Exposure: Diefenbaker, Latin America, and the Organization of American States.” Canadian Historical Review 93, no. 1 (2012): 57–80.

Asa McKercher. “‘The Most Serious Problem’?: Canada-US Relations and Cuba, 1962.” Cold War History 12, no. 1 (2012): 69–88.

Asa McKercher. “Dealing With Diefenbaker: Canada-US Relations 1958.” International Journal 66, no. 4 (2011): 1043–60.

Asa McKercher. “A ‘Half-hearted Response’?: Canada and the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962.” International History Review 33, no. 2 (2011): 335–52.

 

 

Book Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)

Asa McKercher and Susan Colbourn. “What’s Love Got To Do With It?: The Presidents, the Prime Ministers, and the ‘Special Relationship.’” In History Has Made Us Friends: Exploring the Myth of the “Special Relationship” Between Canada and the United States, eds., Donald Abelson and Stephen Brooks. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2024.

Asa McKercher. “United States–Cuba Relations.” In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, ed. Jane Dailey. New York: Oxford University Press, 2024.

Asa McKercher. “Ménage à deux: Canada and the Limits of the North American Idea.” In North America: Stagnation, Decline, or Renewal?, eds. Eric Hershberg and Tom Long. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2023.

Asa McKercher. “The Honest (Arms) Broker: Promoting the Military-Industrial Complex During the Golden Age of Canadian Foreign Policy.” In Silent Partners: Historical Perspectives on Canada’s Military-Industrial Complex, eds. Alex Souchen and Matthew Wiseman. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2023.

Asa McKercher and Michael D. Stevenson. “Introduction: Canada and Canadians in the Shadow of the American Century.” In North of America: Canadians and the American Century, 1945-61, eds. Asa McKercher and Michael D. Stevenson. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2023.

Asa McKercher and Michael D. Stevenson. “From Normandy to NORAD: The North Atlantic Triangle in the Age of Eisenhower.” In North of America: Canadians and the American Century, 1945-61, eds. Asa McKercher and Michael D. Stevenson. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2023.

Galen Roger Perras and Asa McKercher. “That Bouncy Man: American Views of Lester Pearson and Canadian Foreign Policy, 1945-1965.” In People, Politics, and Purpose: Biography and Canadian Political History, eds. by Greg Donaghy and P. Whitney Lackenbauer. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2023.

Asa McKercher. “Locating Latin America: Geography, Identity, and the Americas in Canadian Foreign Policy.” In Canada’s Past and Future in the Americas: Beyond the “Americas Strategy, eds. Pablo Heidrich and Laura Macdonald. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2022.

Asa McKercher. “Trade in the Key of Blue: Canadian Economic Diplomacy in the Harper Years.” In Harper’s World: The Politicization of Canadian Foreign Policy, 2006-2015, ed. Peter McKenna. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2022.

Asa McKercher. “The End of the Innocence: Canada and the Fading Liberal International Order.” In The Routledge Handbook of Diplomacy and Statecraft Second Edition, ed. B. J. C. McKercher. London: Routledge, 2022.

Asa McKercher. “Neutralism, Nationalism, and Nukes, Oh My! Revisiting Peacemaker or Powdermonkey? and Canadian Strategy in the Missile Age.” In The Nuclear North: Histories of Canada in the Atomic Age, eds. Susan Colbourn and Timothy Andrews Sayle. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2020.

Asa McKercher, “Los samaritanos canadienses?: Canadian Development Assistance in Latin America during the Trudeau Years.” In A Samaritan State Revisited: Historical Perspectives on Canadian Foreign Aid, 1950-2016, eds. Greg Donaghy and David Webster. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2019.

Asa McKercher and Philip Van Huizen. “Undiplomatic History: Rethinking Canada in the World.” In Undiplomatic History: Rethinking Canada in the World, eds. Asa McKercher and Philip Van Huizen. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019.

Asa McKercher. “A Limited Engagement: Diefenbaker, Canada, and Latin America’s Cold War, 1957-63.” In Reassessing the Rogue Tory: Canadian Foreign Relations in the Diefenbaker Era eds. Janice Cavell and Ryan Touhey. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2018.

Asa McKercher. “Lifting the Sugarcane Curtain: Security, Solidarity, and Cuba’s Pavilion at Expo 67.” In Other Diplomacies, Other Ties: Cuba and Canada in the Shadow of the U.S., eds. Luis René Fernández Tabío, Cynthia Wright, and Lana Wylie. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018.

Asa McKercher and Galen Roger Perras. “Introduction: Lester Pearson and Canadian External Relations.” In Mike’s World: Lester Pearson and Canadian External Relations, eds. Asa McKercher and Galen Roger Perras. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2017.

Asa McKercher. “War Made New? Cycles of Revolutions in Military Affairs and Interventions.” In Going to War? Trends in Military Interventions, eds. Stéfanie van Hlatky and Hans Christian Breede. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016.

Asa McKercher. “‘Complicated and Far-Reaching’: The Historical Foundations of Canadian Policy Towards Cuba.” In Cuba in a Global Context: International Relations, Internationalism, and Transnationalism, ed. Catherine Krull. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2014.

Media Areas: Canada-US Relations; Canadian Foreign Policy; US Foreign Policy; Canadian Politics; US Politics; Defence and Security