In 1992, when Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney sat down with Mexican President Carlos Salinas and U.S. President George H. W. Bush to sign the North American Free Trade Agreement, free trade was still a matter of fierce national debate in Canadian politics.
The arrest of seventeen people in Canada who allegedly comprise an Islamic terrorist cell raises new questions about homegrown extremism in North America. While Canadians wrestle with their own vulnerability, the arrests prompted U.S. officials to reexamine security on their oft-ignored northern border.
Speaker: Lawrence Cannon Presider: G. Richard Thoman
Lawrence Cannon, Canadian minister of foreign affairs, examines how the new economic goals set forth by President Obama can be realized in Canada and how both countries continue to work together in addressing issues abroad and trans-nationally.
Canada has a comparatively open immigration policy designed to attract a group of diverse, educated professionals. But recent arrests linked to a terror cell have raised questions about integration of Muslims and lax policy.
The Canadian oil sands present an important challenge to policymakers: they promise energy security benefits but present climate change problems. Michael A. Levi assesses the energy security and climate change effects of the oil sands and makes recommendations for U.S. policymakers within the context of broader bilateral relations with Canada.
Rear Admiral David Gardam interviewed by Toni Johnson
Canada's military is managing its role in Afghanistan against new security concerns in the Arctic, and is looking to increase its capacity in an age when other NATO countries are cutting back on spending, says Canadian Rear Admiral David Gardam.
U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner and Director of the National Economic Council Lawrence Summers take a look at the Obama administration's agenda for the G-20 Summit in Toronto on June 26 and 27.
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The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
The author examines Pakistan's complex role in U.S. foreign policy and advocates for a two-pronged approach that works to quarantine threats while integrating Pakistan into the broader U.S. agenda in Asia.