Canada News

Celebrating New Talent, Summer 2015

Aug 20, 2015
At the Canada Institute, we believe that supporting the research interests of our interns is integral to their development as future leaders. During their term in Washington, our interns support the research and programming efforts of the Institute, but we also encourage them to conduct research on topics of interest to them. By the time they head back to school, we want each one to leave with an independent publication of their own that we publish on our website and share with our mailing list.

Global Competitiveness: How do the NAFTA Countries Compare?

Aug 05, 2015
The Global Competitiveness Report assess the competitiveness of 144 economies across the global in order to provide insight into the drivers of productivity and prosperity within each country. Based on the data, it seems that thus far the United States and Canada have economies that are far more competitive than that of Mexico, the third piece of the NAFTA puzzle. While Mexico has seen a steady increase in its GDP per capita, it still lags far behind its fellow NAFTA economies. Mexico will need to continue to address its productivity and institutional challenges in order to keep up its encouraging economic momentum.

Pressing need to define US interests in Arctic as Anchorage hosts high-level meet

Aug 02, 2015
"The Glacier meetings, through its public panels, also offer an opportunity for the Administration to more clearly identify national priorities, improve legislation, and encourage Congress to allocate the necessary financing despite lean and contentious times," writes David Biette.

Laura Dawson New Director of Wilson Center’s Canada Institute

Jul 02, 2015
The Wilson Center announced today the appointment of Laura Dawson as Director for the Center’s Canada Institute. “Laura brings extensive expertise working with the U.S. and Canadian governments and private sectors on critical issues like trade and our shared border,” said Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO of the Wilson Center.

Infographic: Mexico's Path Towards a Competitive Economy

Jun 30, 2015
This infographic depicts Mexico's path towards a competitive economy and is drawn from our report "A Mandate for Mexico," by Lucy Conger.

Canada-Mexico Trade: An Arranged Marriage Comes of Age

Jun 12, 2015
Canada Institute Director Laura Dawson recommends that Canada should prioritize trade partnerships with the U.S. and Mexico as an immediate strategy to advance their role in the regional supply chain. Instead of looking for free-trade deals in emerging, more distant markets, Canada should focus on trade and expanding markets closer to home. Canada’s NAFTA trade has been on the decline for the past 15 years, but Dawson makes the case for intensifying Canada’s trading relationship with Mexico. The Mexican market is thriving, Dawson says, with a large and growing consumer base, increasing enrollment in higher education and high economic growth rates that make it one of the most burgeoning emerging markets in the world. Although there are obstacles that stand in the way of a deeper trade relationship, such as disagreements over visa restrictions and the lack of political will, a closer trade engagement with Mexico holds a great deal of promise to provide the greatest rewards at the lowest risk.

Canadian Mining Companies Are Destroying Latin America

Feb 12, 2015
Eric Olson, Associate Director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center, is quoted on the effect of Canadian mining companies in Latin America.

Confronting Challenges to North America's Energy Future

Dec 12, 2014
North America is fast becoming the epicenter of a transformation in global energy. But despite North America's huge energy potential, the United States, Mexico, and Canada all face serious obstacles in getting their energy resources to market. As the North American energy ministers meet in Washington, DC on December 15, 2014, Mexico Institute Director Duncan Wood and Rachel Bronson analyze North America's energy future.
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Is North America’s Energy Boom a Global Game Changer?

Nov 26, 2014
Increases in energy production in Canada and the U.S., combined with promising reforms in Mexico, are creating what some describe as a “North American energy renaissance.” The world’s energy equation is changing, with more developments on the way. What are the implications of traditional energy producers becoming consumers and consumers becoming producers? That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.
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The Keystone XL Pipeline Part 2: Understanding the Process and Cross-Border Complexities

Nov 20, 2014
The recent Senate vote did not end the ongoing debate over attempts to complete the Keystone XL Pipeline. And while the political debate is somewhat understood, the actual process and jurisdictional issues involved in a major cross-border undertaking are less clear. A recent panel convened by the Canada Institute attempted to provide some clarity. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

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