The Outlook for Canada-U.S. Defense Cooperation

Capt(N) Richard Bergeron, Canadian Forces, Co-Director, Bi-National Planning Group.
CAPT. Pamela McClune, United States Navy, Co-Director (Acting), Bi-National Planning Group.
Joseph T. Jockel, Director, Canadian Studies Program, St. Laurence University, and Visiting Professor, Canadian Forces College.
Col. (Ret.) John Orr, Research Fellow, Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, Dalhousie University

Threat Perceptions in Canada and the United States

The Canada Institute held a conference at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. on November 10, 2005 to launch the fourth issue of the One Issue, Two Voices publication series, which addresses "Threat Perceptions in the United States and Canada."

Karlyn Bowman, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Frank L. Graves, President, EKOS Research Associates Inc.
Gavin I. Cameron, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Calgary

The Future of Intelligence in Canada-U.S. Relations

The Canada Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars co-sponsored a roundtable with the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs on "The Future of Intelligence." The roundtable, with Reid Morden, former director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Services (CSIS) and former deputy minister of Foreign Affairs, as guest speaker, took place in Toronto on November 8, 2005.

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.

The Prevention of Youth Violence in Latin America: Lessons Learned and Future Challenges

In its 2008 survey of public opinion, the respected polling firm Latinobarómetro demonstrated the breadth of the problem. Asked about the most important issue facing their countries, citizens throughout Latin America cited crime (delincuencia) as the most important problem, followed by unemployment. Notably, the number of people citing crime as the most important problem has risen over the last decade.

Offsite event: A Discussion with Frank Pearl, Colombia's High Counselor for Social and Economic Reintegration

According to the office of the High Counselor for Reintegration (ACR), over 47,000 combatants from Colombia's paramilitary and guerrilla groups have demobilized since mid-2002. Government-sponsored reintegration programs aim to meet the needs of ex-combatants, their families, and the communities that receive them, and to pursue multiple goals of reconciliation, justice, and socio-economic development.

The U.S., Hamas, and the Pursuit of Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Miller began the discussion by highlighting that one of the primary difficulties of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is dealing with a divided and dysfunctional Palestinian movement. He indicated it was critical that the Obama administration has made Israeli-Palestinian peace a top priority, including Obama's appointment of George Mitchell as special envoy to the Middle East. Even with a focus on peace negotiations, however, Miller pointed out that there are no good policy options with regard to dealing with the Hamas-Fatah rift, only a choice between bad and worse ones.

The Sudanese War and the Nuba People

Following a video presentation cataloguing the extent to which the Nuba people of Sudan have been marginalized and treated inhumanely by the Khartoum government, Suleiman Musa Rahhal, Director of Nuba Survival, argued that the fighting in Sudan, contrary to popular belief, is not due solely to religious differences.

Crime, Terrorism, and Law Enforcement in Southeastern Europe

Introduction of Greek Public Order Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis
By John Sitilides, Executive Director

Mr. Minister, Ambassador Burns, Ambassador Philon, Ambassador Kozakou-Marcoullis, distinguished guests, colleagues, and ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of the Western Policy Center, I would like to welcome you to today?s Policy Forum, featuring the Public Order Minister of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Michalis Chrysochoidis. I would also like to thank my colleagues at the center for organizing today?s program.