As the price of oil continues to fall, the Wilson Center convened an expert global panel, assembled from Russia, Colombia, Canada, Iran, and Nigeria, to discuss the economic and political repercussions of depressed energy prices, as well as the effects of the lower prices on competitiveness and investment. read more
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July 28, 2015 // 9:00am — 11:00am
The Arctic is not empty; 4 million people make it their home. Rapid societal changes coupled with climate change have had a profound effect on local populations. Too often decisions about life in the Far North are made by people with no knowledge of Arctic culture or needs. Some countries have done a better job in human development than others. What works? What doesn’t? more
Bring Your Own Lunch (BYOL) Policy Roundtable "Canada’s Walmart-Style Defense Policy: Lessons from a not-so-grand Grand Strategy"
July 29, 2015 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
As the government of Canada cuts back on defense spending after years of significant increases, critics lament the lack of a ‘‘grand strategy’’ in favor of a more economical approach to defense spending. Though criticized as free riding, this approach has allowed Canada to achieve security at home while deploying Canada’s military forces selectively yet effectively. Please join the Canada Institute for our first "Lunch and Learn" with Christian Leuprecht Professor of Political Science at the Royal Military College of Canada and Senior Fellow at the Macdonald Laurier Institute to discuss current state of Canada's military. more
Bring Your Own Lunch (BYOL) Policy Roundtable "The Left Turn in Alberta: What Does it Mean for the Energy Industry and for the Canadian Federal Election?"
August 06, 2015 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
The New Democratic Party’s stunning election victory in Alberta this spring has added another wrinkle to the already tumultuous story of Alberta’s, and Canada’s, year in energy. David Docherty will discuss how the new government’s policies could affect energy production in Alberta and what the NDP’s win in Alberta could mean for the federal election in the fall. more
Jul 02, 2015
The Wilson Center announced today the appointment of Laura Dawson as Director for the Center’s Canada Institute. “Laura brings extensive expertise working with the U.S. and Canadian governments and private sectors on critical issues like trade and our shared border,” said Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO of the Wilson Center. more
Jun 12, 2015
Canada Institute Director Laura Dawson recommends that Canada should prioritize trade partnerships with the U.S. and Mexico as an immediate strategy to advance their role in the regional supply chain. Instead of looking for free-trade deals in emerging, more distant markets, Canada should focus on trade and expanding markets closer to home. Canada’s NAFTA trade has been on the decline for the past 15 years, but Dawson makes the case for intensifying Canada’s trading relationship with Mexico. The Mexican market is thriving, Dawson says, with a large and growing consumer base, increasing enrollment in higher education and high economic growth rates that make it one of the most burgeoning emerging markets in the world. Although there are obstacles that stand in the way of a deeper trade relationship, such as disagreements over visa restrictions and the lack of political will, a closer trade engagement with Mexico holds a great deal of promise to provide the greatest rewards at the lowest risk. more