The Forgotten Peace: Mediation at Niagara Falls

The Forgotten Peace: Mediation at Niagara Falls

by Michael Small

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Overview

In the early hours of April 22, 1914, American President Woodrow Wilson sent Marines to seize the port of Veracruz in an attempt to alter the course of the Mexican Revolution. As a result, the United States seemed on the brink of war with Mexico. An international uproar ensued. The governments of Argentina, Brazil, and Chile offered to mediate a peaceful resolution to the crisis. Surprisingly, both the United States and Mexico accepted their offer and all parties agreed to meet at an international peace conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

For Canadians, the conference provided an unexpected spectacle on their doorstep, combining high diplomacy and low intrigue around the gardens and cataracts of Canada's most famous natural attraction. For the diplomats involved, it proved to be an ephemeral high point in the nascent pan-American movement. After it ended, the conference dropped out of historical memory.

This is the first full account of the Niagara Falls Peace Conference to be published in North America since 1914. The author carefully reconstructs what happened at Niagara Falls, examining its historical significance for Canada's relationship with the Americas. From this almost forgotten event he draws important lessons on the conduct of international mediation and the perils of middle-power diplomacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780776607122
Publisher: University of Ottawa Press
Publication date: 09/19/2009
Series: Governance Series
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

About the Author

Michael Small is assistant deputy minister, Human Resources, of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He has served as a diplomat in Malaysia, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Mexico and was Canadian ambassador to Cuba from 2000 to 2003. He is a fellow of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 Breaking news 1

Chapter 2 Prelude to intervention 5

Chapter 3 A ray of light 41

Chapter 4 Diplomatic distractions 67

Chapter 5 The mediation 83

Chapter 6 The aftermath 115

Chapter 7 Failures and accomplishments 125

Chapter 8 Looking back from today 135

Appendix 1 Images of the conference 143

Appendix 2 "Mediation" (from Punch) 167

Bibliography 171

Index 175

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