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Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honorable Paul Martin, Speaks at Wilson Center Event

On the occasion of his visit to Washington, D.C., the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honorable Paul Martin delivers major foreign policy address titled "Canada and the World: Building on Our Values."

The full speech is available on the Prime Minister's website.

Post-Cancun Assessment by Canada: Trade Policy Challenges for North America -- a roundtable discussion --

Len Edwards opened the discussion about current Canadian trade policy by remarking that the current climate is the busiest period of trade policy discussions—ever. He stated categorically that Canada prefers a rules-based approach to its multi-layered trade policy.

Panel Discussion and Book Launch--Uncle Sam and Us: Globalization, Neoconservatism, and the Canadian State

Do friendly neighbors make strong communities, or do good fences make good neighbors? How are members of the geographic space that is North America dealing with their neighborliness in light of changing global conditions? How has NAFTA affected North America's political reality? Will NAFTA be expanded to include political institutions? Is it even possible to speak of a North American reality? Finally, what is the future of North America?

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,

Future Shock: How Environmental Change and Human Impact Are Changing the Global Map

The complex linkages between environmental degradation, health, and migration are "entangled vulnerabilities," said Pell Center Director Peter Liotta at "Future Shock: How Environmental Change and Human Impact Are Changing the Global Map," an event sponsored by the Pell Center in collaboration with the Woodrow Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) and the Embassy of Liechtenstein on March 4, 2008.

Offsite event: Regional and Public Security Challenges in Central America

This event is part of the LACC-Woodrow Wilson Center Central America Roundtable Series. The conference features leading experts on topics such as Plan Merida, public security, crime and violence in Central America.

The event is free and open to the public at Florida International University. Registration is required.

Crossing Boundaries: Can a Solution be Found for Transboundary Oil Resources in the Gulf of Mexico?

Mexico and the United States share a large border within the Gulf of Mexico which may be home to significant deep-water oil reserves. Since exploration and drilling on either side of the border could shift existing oil reserves on the other side, the two countries need to negotiate binational treaties that govern how these processes are to take place before proceeding. Nonetheless, the two countries have only negotiated only one treaty that covers a small portion of this transboundary area to date.

Islam at the EU Border: Muslim Minorities in Greece and Bulgaria

Over the last 20 years, Bulgaria and Greece have pursued variable and divergent policies toward their Muslim minorities. During a brief period near the end of the Communist regime, Bulgaria forced Turks to assimilate. This policy was abandoned by the democratic government that took power in the 1990s. At the same time, Greece recognized its Muslim minority and facilitated the "Turkification" of its Muslim citizens throughout the 1980s, but then abandoned that policy by blocking minority rights in the 1990s.

Mexico and the New Challenges of Hemispheric Security (No. 11)

Wilson Center Reports on the Americas No. 11: Mexico and the New Challenges of Hemispheric Security