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

The Arctic continues to draw considerable attention from the international community. Both Arctic and non-Arctic nations are grappling with the looming environmental and security challenges that accompany the possibility of an ice-free Arctic. At the same time, they are assessing how to take advantage of the region's vast economic potential in a sustainable manner.

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.

Arctic Oil and Gas in Today's North American Energy Equation

The United States should look to Arctic oil and gas to meet its energy security needs and to protect the environment, said Minister Robert McLeod, Government of the Northwest Territories, at an event hosted by the Canada Institute. McLeod discussed new developments that could affect Arctic oil and gas production, as well as how shifting U.S. energy policy could influence resource development in Canada's Arctic region. He was joined on the panel by Drue Pearce, the U.S.

The Next U.S. Administration: Policy Directions and Implications for Canada-U.S. Relations

This conference brought together a group of academic specialists in economics, political science, history and environmental studies, as well as several government officials and members of the business community to examine the current policy challenges in the Canada-United States relationship.

Canada and the United States: Ambivalent Allies

The United States and Canada have maintained a close, peaceful, and prosperous bilateral relationship for decades. Nevertheless, the two countries have not always seen eye to eye on many political, environmental, and security issues. On Wednesday, September 24, 2008, the Canada Institute hosted a program featuring presentations from the authors of the newly-released fourth edition of Canada and the United States: Ambivalent Allies, John Thompson of Duke University and Stephen Randall of the University of Calgary.

Arctic Gas: A Solution or a Problem?

Arctic natural gas has the potential to meet North American energy needs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, maintained The Honorable Robert McLeod, Minister of Industry, Tourism, and Investment for the Northwest Territories. Nevertheless, efforts to limit energy exploration in the Arctic and the listing of the polar bear as a threatened species by the U.S. Department of the Interior raise environmental questions about developing natural gas from the Arctic.

Canada and the Arctic: The Issue of Northern Sovereignty

Global warming has helped create the conditions necessary for a "perfect storm" when it comes to Canada-U.S. Arctic relations, argued Rob Huebert of the University of Calgary's Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, at a conference hosted by the Canada Institute on December 11, 2007. Huebert was joined by the academic director of the Liu Institute for Global Issues, Michael Byers, for a panel discussion on the potential implications of Canada's recent efforts to reassert its sovereignty over the country's northern territory on Canada-U.S. relations.

Canadian Defense and Foreign Affairs Institute's Annual Conference

The Canada Institute co-sponsored the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute's 2007 annual conference. This year's conference on Canadian foreign policy examined the proposition of Canada as an energy superpower. Audio coverage of the conference is available online.

Water Discussion and Workshop

The Canada Institute hosted an event with the Policy Research Initiative involving prominent academics, scientists and researches for a discussion on water, science, and policy. The workshop had two broad objectives: to share science and research among experts on various aspects of water issues, and contribute to a better understanding of the forward work agenda of researchers in Canada and the United States. Two major aspects of water policy in North America were outlined: water and climate change, and energy-water nexus.

Workshop Agenda


Environment in the U.S. Security Debate: The Case of the Missing Arctic Waters

As also occurs with global warming or Russia’s transition to “democracy,” the U.S. move towards an increasingly extended security praxis is accompanied by uncertainty as well as complexity. Indeed, the whole project has a futuristic air, insofar as it is a purposive venture.