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Internships with the Canada Institute

The Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars seeks qualified, interns each semester with an interest in, coursework related to, or experience working on Canadian policy topics in an effort to promote the development of emerging leaders committed to the Canada-U.S. bilateral relationship. 

Geoengineering for Decision Makers

Geoengineering invloves large-scale and deliberate techniques or interventions used in combination with civil engineering to affect the earth's climate, oceans, soils, and living systems, specifically to counteract global warming. This 2011 report from the Science and Technology Innovation Program reviews the challenges of geoengineering governance and argues for giving much greater attention to upstream governance strategies.

Report Release: Geoengineering for Decision Makers

Proposals for using geoengineering to counteract global warming have been viewed with extreme skepticism, but as projections concerning the impact of climate change have become direr, a growing number of scientists have begun to argue that geoengineering deserves a second look.

Celebrating Nunavut: Inuit Art From the Canadian Arctic

The Canada Institute's first art exhibit showcases Inuit culture through 25 selected works, including stonecut, stencil, and lithograph prints, as well as textile embroidered wall-hangings. Eighteen Inuit artists are represented in the exhibit from the leading art-producing communities of Qamanittuaq (Baker Lake), Kinngait (Cape Dorset), and Pangnirtung in Nunavut.

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.