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Foreign Policy Under a Conservative Government

The Woodrow Wilson Center's Canada Institute joined with the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute to co-sponsor CDFAI's 2006 Annual Conference on October 30, 2006. The conference, "Foreign Policy Under a Conservative Government: An Interim Report Card," was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ottawa and looked at the Harper government's record on foreign policy, defense, and development. The Canada Institute sponsored the panel on Canada-U.S. relations.

The Challenge in Washington: Governing by Leadership or Crisis

The Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Canada Institute on North American Issues proudly hosted the first C. Warren Goldring Lecture on Canada-U.S. Relations on February 5, 2004. Held alternately in Toronto and Washington, this lecture series promotes increased understanding of public policy decisions in both Canada and the United States.

Tunisia Predicted: Demography and the Probability of Liberal Democracy in the Greater Middle East

In 2008, demographer Richard Cincotta predicted that between 2010 and 2020 the states along the northern rim of Africa – Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt – would each reach a demographically measurable point where the presence of at least one liberal democracy (and perhaps two), among the five, would not only be possible, but probable.

Backdraft: The Conflict Potential of Climate Mitigation and Adaptation

The European Union's biofuel goal for 2020 "is a good example of setting a target….without really thinking through [the] secondary, third, or fourth order consequences," said Alexander Carius, co-founder and managing director of Adelphi Research and Adelphi Consult.

Decentralization and Democratization of Natural Resource Management

"Most developing countries right now are engaged in some form of democratic decentralization," explained World Resources Institute Senior Associate and former Wilson Center Fellow Jesse Ribot. "I haven't found any that does not claim to also be decentralizing some aspect of natural resource management.

Health Provision in Fragile Settings: A Stabilizing Force?

Strengthening public health systems can help foster good governance, encourage reform, and improve stability in fragile settings, said Emmanuel d'Harcourt of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), at the fourth meeting in the Environmental Change and Security Program's Health, Population, and Fragility series.

Waiting for Democracy: Politics of Choice in Natural Resource Decentralization

Almost all of the world's developing countries are decentralizing power, at least half in the natural resource sector. These reforms promise to empower people through local democratic representation and more equitable resource management. But the movement is stalling: decentralization legislation rarely fulfills its democratic promise.