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TPP and Canada: Wishful Thinking on Supply Management?

Aug 26, 2014
As Canada wraps up its Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the EU, it remains deeply involved in another very ambitious multilateral negotiation: the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Canada became an observer to the TPP negotiations in 2010, but did not become a full member until 2012 because New Zealand, one of the founders of the TPP negotiations, and the United States held up Canada’s request due to concerns about Canada’s supply management of dairy, poultry, and eggs, as well as the longstanding U.S. complaint about Canada’s lack of protection for intellectual property rights. So when Canada and Mexico announced they would like to join the TPP negotiations, trade observers asked out loud if Canada would be willing to disband its supply management. Accession to the negotiations meant accepting the rules at the time of accession, and New Zealand, having liberalized its dairy industry over the last decade or so, was not about to give Canada a pass on supply management.

Guatemalan president: Central America needs at least $2 billion 'to attack the root of the problem'

Jul 30, 2014
Latin American Program Associate Director Eric L. Olson is quoted in this article about Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina's request for more U.S. assistance during his visit to the United States.
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William Pomeranz on U.S.-Russia Relations after MH17 Crash

Jul 21, 2014
“Clearly, it still has nuclear weapons, it has a seat in United Nations and it has the ability to influence international affairs, but Russia really doesn't have the economic power or the influence abroad to really be the number one geostrategic enemy of the United States,” William Pomeranz said on C-SPAN.

Canada Must Diversify its Energy Pitch to U.S.

Jul 18, 2014
"In addition to touting the benefits of the Keystone XL pipeline, Canadians should do more to talk up the benefits of their hydropower potential," writes Andrew Finn.

What the U.S. Should Do in Central America to Stem the Tide

Jul 18, 2014
Why are we still experiencing the kinds of migration and dysfunctional state institutions that we’ve been trying to fix since the 1980s? According to Cynthia Arnson and Eric Olson who each testified before the Senate this week, to be successful, the United States must address the most important drivers of this flow and focus on improving the quality of democratic governance, citizen security, and inclusive development in Central America.

Eric Olson Testified Before the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs

Jul 15, 2014
Eric L. Olson, Associate Director of the Latin American Program, joined a panel of experts in testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs on examining and addressing the root causes behind the rise in apprehensions at the southern border

Canada and the United States: Differences that Count

Jul 14, 2014
Why do United States and Canada—while so close and seemingly so similar—remain different in so many ways? A new volume titled Canada and the United States: Differences that Count, edited by Canada Institute Director David N. Biette and David M. Thomas, looks at the similarities and differences between the two countries to help us learn from one another's experiences.

Call for Papers: Trans-Atlantic Dialogues on Cultural Heritage - Heritage, Tourism and Traditions

Jun 27, 2014
The Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham is seeking paper proposals for a conference on "Trans-Atlantic Dialogues on Cultural Heritage: Heritage, Tourism and Traditions" to be held 13-16 July 2015, in Liverpool, UK.

How Cities Can Foster Tolerance and Acceptance

Jun 23, 2014
"Cities around the world have become agglomerations of ethnicities, religions, classes, and nationalities. Creating socially sustainable cities that can accommodate migrants and their diversity requires policies that nurture shared identity and maintain spaces whose use can be shared by everybody, promoting a pragmatic pluralism and a culture of tolerance," writes Blair Ruble.

Iran and the U.S.: The Enemy of My Enemy

Jun 16, 2014
As Iraq chaos worsens, Washington and Tehran have started using the same language. Robin Wright examines new possibilities for the two countries to work together.

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