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The State of the Canada-United States Relationship

The Canada Institute hosted a conference addressing the state of the Canada-U.S. relationship, which focused on the topics of security and border issues, business and economic relations, and cultural issues.

Date & Time

Oct. 31, 2002
1:00am – 4:00pm

The State of the Canada-United States Relationship

Conference Program

Thursday October 31, 2002
Introduction: 2:00 p.m.

Overview: United States-Canada Relations: 2:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Author: John Herd Thompson, chair, Department of History, Duke University

Discussant: Jeffrey Simpson,
National Affairs Columnist, Globe and Mail


Environment: 3:45 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Author: Debora VanNijnatten,
Professor of Political Science, Wilfrid Laurier University

Discussant: Jean Melious,
Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Studies,
Huxley College of the Environment,
Western Washington University

Friday November 1, 2002
Security and Border Issues: 9:00 a.m-10:15 a.m

Author: Sharon Jones, Instructor, SUNY Cortland

Discussant: Christopher Sands,
Fellow and Director of the Canada Project, Americas Program,
Center for Strategic and International Studies


Defense Issues: 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Author: Dwight N. Mason, former U.S. chairman, Permanent Joint Board on Defense, Canada-United States

Discussant: Stéphane Roussel, Assistant Professor, Canada Research Chair in Canadian Foreign and Defence Policy, Department of Political Science, Université du Québec à Montréal


Business and Economic Relations: 1:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

Author: Maureen Molot, Professor of International Affairs and Political Science, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University

Discussant: Mark Kasoff, Professor of Economics and Director, Canadian Studies Center, Bowling Green State University


Cultural Issues: 2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.

Author: Christopher Maule, Professor, Department of Economics and Distinguished Research Professor, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University

Discussant: Eliza Patterson, international trade lawyer and adjunct professor, Washington and Lee University Law School

Concluding Remarks: 3:45 p.m.

Hosted By

Canada Institute

Bound by common geopolitical interests and strong economic and cultural ties, Canada and the United States enjoy the world's most successful bilateral relationship. The Wilson Center's Canada Institute is the only public policy forum in the world dedicated to the full spectrum of Canada-U.S. issues. The Canada Institute is a global leader for policymakers, academics and business leaders to engage in non-partisan, informed dialogue about the current and future state of the relationship.     Read more


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