North America News

CEF Director Jennifer Turner Joins Pacific Institute Heather Cooley Discussing Choke Point Issues in US and China

May 09, 2013
Jennifer Turner speaks at University of Denver Jackson About Water-Energy Confrontations in China.

Obama's Syria Dilemma

Apr 30, 2013
President Obama is now faced with a dilemma: Defending his red line could undermine his carefully crafted strategy of steering clear of direct military involvement in the Syria crisis. Aaron David Miller notes several points the president should keep in mind as he grapples with this conundrum.

The U.S.-Canada Energy Relationship and the Growing Role for Asia

Apr 26, 2013
Canada Institute Advisory Board member Jim Slutz's working paper for the National Bureau of Asian Research on the growing importance of Asian companies in the development of North American fossil fuels.
John Kerry and Hillary Clinton

Why John Kerry Could be a Better Secretary of State than Hillary Clinton

Apr 26, 2013
Aaron David Miller writes that John Kerry may prove to be a more successful U.S. Secretary of State than Hillary Clinton.
Nik Nanos

Nik Nanos talks with CBC's Power and Politics

Apr 25, 2013
Nik Nanos explains his polling of environmental attitudes of Canadians and Americans. Topics include Keystone XL and the importance of tackling climate change together.

Keeping the Lights On: Cyber Threats and the North American Power Grid

Apr 25, 2013
Attempted cyber attacks on critical infrastructure occur daily throughout the world. And the job of protecting critical infrastructure from potentially catastrophic disruptions is a 24-7 undertaking. Leading cyber security expert Mark Fabro discusses the U.S. and Canadian efforts to protect the North American power grid.

A Brief History of Congressional Reform Efforts

Apr 22, 2013
Congress has undergone many changes since World War II, most of which have had to do with adapting to the complexities of modern society and the commensurate growth in the Executive Branch bureaucracy and powers of the presidency. The first major post War reform efforts begun in 1945 and 1965 were premised on the belief that any institutional changes should be bicameral and bipartisan. Consequently, joint committees of equal party and chamber representation were formed to conduct a comprehensive study of the organization and operations of Congress with a view to strengthening it...

Bombing Suspect: Civilian or Enemy Combatant?

Apr 22, 2013
With the Boston bombing suspect now in custody, how do we balance his constitutional protections as a U.S. citizen with the need to get intelligence on other possible threats? Jane Harman debated this question with a panel on Fox News Sunday.

New Poll: Reducing Foreign Oil Trumps Greenhouse Gas

Apr 22, 2013
A new poll on the XL Keystone Pipeline Project conducted by Public Policy Scholar Nik Nanos suggests that energy security trumps the concern about greenhouse gas emission among both Americans and Canadians.

How Geography Explains the United States

Apr 19, 2013
National security in the U.S. has been a topic widely discussed after the explosions in Boston. Aaron David Miller explains how the geography of the U.S. -- with "non-predatory neighbors to its north and south and fish to its east and west" -- has shaped American politics and values throughout its history.

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