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Governing the Far North: Assessing Cooperation Between Arctic and Non-Arctic Nations

Despite fears of an unregulated race for Arctic territory and resources, there is currently considerable international cooperation occurring to address key issues in the Far North, said Betsy Baker of Vermont Law School at an event hosted by the Canada Institute in collaboration with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute and Environmental Change and Security Program.

The International Watersheds Initiative: Implementing a New Paradigm for Transboundary Basins

The International Watershed Initiative (IWI) represents a new way of thinking on how we treat fresh water basins, said Chuck Lawson, secretary of the U.S. section of the International Joint Commission (IJC), at a conference hosted by the Canada Institute in partnership with the Environmental Change and Security Program.

Building Together: Planning and Partnership for Health Care, the Environment, and the Economy

The fight for health care reform in the United States is well worth the effort, said Jack Layton, leader of Canada's New Democratic Party (NDP), at a program hosted by the Canada Institute. The purpose of Layton's speech at the Wilson Center was to discuss ways for progressive leaders in the United States and Canada to work together to address the major issues facing middle class families across North America.

Governing the Climate: Lessons from the National Conference on Climate Governance

The election of Barack Obama offers new hope that the United States will take the urgent action necessary to address the looming threat posed by global warming. Yet, successfully addressing this challenge will require serious deliberation of governance options. On Monday, January 12, 2009, the Canada Institute and Environmental Change and Security Program, in collaboration with the Stockholm Environment Institute, hosted a panel discussion on North American climate governance.

Celebrity Diplomacy: Challenges and Opportunities

Over the last decade, celebrities have increasingly used their star power to help draw the world's attention to international issues such as poverty, debt eradication, and pandemic diseases. Yet, little discussion has taken place to examine whether the emergence of celebrity diplomats have had a beneficial impact in addressing some of the most challenging international issues of our time.

NAFTA and the Future of Trade Governance


NAFTA: A Sustainable Institution?
Louis Bélanger, Institut québécois des hautes études internationales, Université Laval, Canada-U.S. Fulbright Visiting Scholar, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and former Public Policy Scholar, Wilson Center (Fall 2005)

Security and Sovereignty: Renewing NORAD

The Canada Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars hosted a conference in conjunction with the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies at Dalhousie University, and the Centre for the Study of the United States at the University of Toronto's Munk Centre for International Studies to launch Security and Sovereignty: Renewing NORAD, the third issue of the Canada Institute's One Issue, Two Voices publication series.

Is Canada Sleeping? Re-Examining Canada's Role in the World

Although many Canadian observers have chronicled and bemoaned the decline of Canadian military power, few have also noted a general deterioration in Canadian foreign policy. The most recent work of journalist and scholar Andrew Cohen bridges this theoretical gap with an account of the rise and fall of Canada's international influence. In his recent Canadian bestseller, Is Canada Sleeping? Re-examining Canada's Role in the World, Cohen argues that Canada suffers from a lack of foreign policy vision and has allowed its tools of diplomatic influence to deteriorate.

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 Honourable Bill Graham: Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada

EnviReform and the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto will host the third annual EnviReform conference in Toronto on November 8, 2002.