China: NAFTA's Fourth Partner

The Wilson Center's CANADA INSTITUTE and MEXICO INSTITUTE convened a panel on the impact of Chinese activity in the North American market.

Carol Wise, Associate Professor, School of International Relations, University of Southern California

William Martin, Lead Economist, Development Research Group, The World Bank

Enrique Dussel Peters, Professor of Economics, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México


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)

Woodrow Wilson Center Forum on NAFTA, Softwood, and U.S. Trade Policy

The Canada Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the U.S. Studies Program of the University of British Columbia will co-host an invitation-only forum on "NAFTA, Softwood, and U.S. Trade Policy" in Vancouver, BC.

8:20 a.m. Welcome
Jake Kerr, President, Lignum Investments and David Biette, Director, Canada Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Is NAFTA a Problem in Canada-U.S. Relations?

Promise and Peril: Canada-U.S. Trade Policy

Despite ten years of relative success of NAFTA and the WTO, the commitment to free trade faces renewed threats in both Canada and the United States. Panelists at this event on bilateral trade policy discussed the impact of trade on the two countries, focusing specifically on two questions: (i) what lessons can Canada and the United States incorporate from each other's trade policy? (ii) What do Canada and the United States still need to learn about competitiveness to make free trade successful and sustainable in the future?

Participants in the panel included:

NAFTA and the Future of North America

Toronto, Ontario, U.S. scholars Joseph McKinney of Baylor University and Kimberly Elliot of the Institute of International Economics joined a group of Canadian and Mexican specialists to discuss "NAFTA and the Future of North America" at a one-day conference in Toronto, Ontario on February 7, part of the Canada Institute's regular programming in Canada. The conference was co-sponsored by the Canadian Studies Program at University College, University of Toronto.

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?

Liberalism: Conscience and Confidence

The Honorable Pierre Pettigrew, Canada's Minister of International Trade

The End of Canada?

Post-9/11 security measures at the Canada-U.S. border have exacerbated Canadian fears that growing economic, cultural, and now military integration are eroding the defining facets of their country. Mel Hurtig said that twenty years ago, questions of military harmonization and adopting the U.S. dollar would have been "laughable non-issues," but are now openly discussed under the rhetoric of continental integration as begun under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).