The North Atlantic Treaty Organization Essay

1305 Words Dec 7th, 2015 6 Pages
Because it had little international influence before the Second World War, Canada was not seen as a world power. From the years 1939 to 1945, Canada fought vigorously in World War Two. The war had many long-lasting economic, social, and political impacts on Canada. However, most importantly, because of its major role in the Second World War, Canada emerged as a strong middle power, a country that is not a superpower but has international influence. Canada maintained close ties to major world powers but also represented the interests of smaller nations in the international community.

To start, Canada showed its new position as a world middle power by maintaining close ties to world powers through mutual defense organizations set up to protect its allies and maintain world peace. One of these organizations was the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) which was established to protect several Western European countries, Canada and the USA from possible aggression from the USSR following the Second World War. An attack on one NATO member was to be treated as an attack on all members. Although the United States was by far the most powerful nation in NATO, Canada still had a major role in the alliance which, consequently, further asserted its rank as a middle power. Another defense organization Canada joined after World War Two was the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). NORAD was a defense agreement signed in 1958 between Canada and the United States. Its…

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