The Canada Institute, along with several partners, co-sponsored the annual conference of the Canadian Defense and Foreign Affairs Institute. The conference focused on examining outstanding unsettled issues between Canada and the United States from both sides of the border and suggesting ways to resolve those issues.

This one day conference was held on Monday, October 27, 2008 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ottawa. Expert speakers from academia, the public service, and the corporate world shed light on current cross-border issues between Canada and the United States.

The conference panels will explored four key areas of cross-border relations: territorial and resource issues; multilateral and unilateral relations and spheres of influence; North American defense issues; and border issues such as cross-border business, immigration, and intellectual property rights.

CDFAI conference partners include the Canadian International Council (CIC), the Centre d'Études des politiques étrangères et de sécurité (CEPES), the Centre for Security and Defence Studies at Carleton University, Queen's University, l'Université Laval, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Canada Institute.

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