Campus: Wilfrid Laurier
Office: DAWB 4-159
Email: kspooner@wlu.ca

My area of expertise is the history of Canadian foreign policy. More particularly, my research has examined Canada’s contribution to international peacekeeping. Canada’s place in the world, from the 1940s to the 1960s, remains an important focus in my writing. I continue to be engaged in the examination of Canada’s relations with Africa and plan to begin a new project that will explore the impact of decolonization on Canadian relations with Africa and Asia during the governments of John Diefenbaker and Lester Pearson. I would be pleased to supervise students with research interests related to Canada’s foreign relations.

Recent publications include:

Canada, the Congo Crisis, and UN Peacekeeping, 1960-64. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press, 2010.

“To Peacekeep or Not to Peacekeep? Canada and Mexico Compared.” In Dynamics and Trajectories. eds. Andrew Nurse and Michael Fox. Halifax, NS: Fernwood (forthcoming, 2009).

“Just West of Neutral: Canadian ‘Objectivity and Peacekeepng during the Congo Crisis, 1960-61.” Canadian Journal of African Studies. (forthcoming, 2009).

Documents on Canadian External Relations, 1959. Vol. 26. Ottawa: Canadian Government Publishing, 2006. (ed. with Janice Cavell and Michael D. Stevenson)

“Peacekeeping Operations” In Encyclopedia of Prisoners of War and Internment. ed. Jonathan Vance. 2nd. ed. Millerton, New York: Grey House Publishing, 2006. 301-2.