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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.

Alaska, Chukotka, and the Oligarch Governor

Thanks to "one of Russia's oligarchsa new awakening of vitality and change is occurring in Chukotka," remarked Vic Fisher, Professor of Public Affairs, University of Alaska, Anchorage, and Director, Alaska Chukotka Development Program, at a Kennan Institute lecture on 6 May 2002. After nearly ten years of stagnation and despair, residents of the northeastern Russian region have hope and optimism about the future.

Inuit Images: Prints from the Canadian Arctic

October 26, 2012 to January 31, 2013
Wilson Center, 4th floor

This is a special exhibition to coincide with the 18th Inuit Studies Conference at the Smithsonian Institution, October 24-28, 2012 with prints from Cape Dorset, Pangnirtung, Baker Lake, Igloolik, Ulukhaktok.

Are Tribal Peoples Going Global? The Case of the Tundra Tribes of Northern Siberia

By John P. Ziker

With the dismantling of socialism in Russia and at a time when most indigenous peoples around the world are becoming increasingly involved with the global economy and international politics, the situation of the "small-numbering peoples" of the Siberian Arctic is a striking contrast.