Canada’s Growing Interest in the Far Away West Asia

Date01 January 2015
Published date01 January 2015
Subject MatterArticles
Canada’s Growing
Interest in the
Far Away West Asia
Kamaran M. K. Mondal1
West Asian region is known for the presence of the Arab oil-rich countries.
In the post-Second World War, Arab–Israeli conflict was one of the major inter-
national issues of the world. This Arab–Israel region of the West Asia was under
the British control. Britain failed to handle the conflict and handed it over to the
newly formed United Nations (UN) and through the UN mediation, the state of
Israel was created in 1948. All the major powers of the world got involved in one
way or other in the process of creation of the state of Israel in the midst of the
Arab countries. Canada as a member of the UN Special Committee on Palestine
(UNSCOP) became involved in the West Asian region.
In the post-Second World War period, Canada had virtually no commercial
or strategic interests in any countries of the region. Now Canada works closely
with its network of diplomatic missions across the region to promote and defend
Canadian values and interests and strengthen development and trade cooperation
with a range of government, private sector and civil society partners, as well as
regional organizations. The West Asian region—the Arab countries and Israel—is
one of the areas where merchandise trade as well as arms trade is a significant
area of interest of Canada.
This article discusses Canada’s involvement in West Asia since the creation of
the state of Israel. Canada supported Israel and their relations are multifaceted
and have been enhanced in recent years through increased cooperation in several
areas, including arms trade, investment and innovation. Canada has also many
trade agreements including the arms trade to West Asian Arab countries. This
article shows various issues of Canada and West Asia trade relations, particularly
arms trade with Israel and other West Asia Arab countries, which has more of a
political orientation rather than an economic one.
International Studies
52(1–4) 27–37
2017 Jawaharlal Nehru University
SAGE Publications
DOI: 10.1177/0020881717715329
1 Chandidas Mahavidyalaya, The University of Burdwan, P.O. Khujutipara, Dist-Birbhum, West Bengal,
Corresponding author:
Kamaran M. K. Mondal, Chandidas Mahavidyalaya, The University of Burdwan, P.O. Khujutipara,
Dist-Birbhum, West Bengal-731215, India.

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