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Christopher Sands

Hudson Institute and Johns Hopkins University SAIS

Christopher Sands is a Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute and Senior Research Professor and Director of the Center for Canadian Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. In 2012, he was named the fifth G. Robert Ross Chair in Canada-U.S. Business and Economics in the College of Business and Economics at Western Washington University in Bellingham.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, he earned his B.A. from Macalester College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. He was a Fulbright visiting scholar at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, and Ottawa has become his favorite Canadian city. He is married to a wonderful woman who, unlike him, has Canadian and British relatives whom he tries not to offend too often with his commentary.

How the Trans-Pacific Partnership Will Change Canada

Despite Prime Minister Stephen Harper's recent announcements of trade talks with various Asian countries, joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a more important strategic victory for Canada. Bargaining alongside the United States, Canada can get concessions from other countries it couldn't get alone. And as a TPP member, Canada can better safeguard its relationship and hard-won market access to the United States than if it was excluded.
06/19/2012 05:36 EDT
CP

What Delayed the Detroit Bridge? Stubborn Waters

Today Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper comes to Michigan to conclude a deal that will see a new bridge built across the Detroit River. It is the culmination of years of tough negotiations and bickering. Why? After all, Michigan trades more with Canada than any other state.
06/15/2012 02:47 EDT
REUTERS

Murder They Wrote: Stats About Canada's "Crime Wave"

Canada is showing up in U.S. news media reports more than usual these days, and the stories suggest that a crime wave is underway. The lurid reports of feet and limbs being mailed to political party offices in Ottawa, and the recent food court shooting at Toronto's Eaton Centre, have fueled that perception.
06/04/2012 05:07 EDT

When it Comes to Finances, Canada is No Role Model

Economically, Canada is doing fine and has taken action to address challenges, but a recent series of events and articles from Washington think tanks claim that the United States can fix its fiscal and economic problems by imitating Canada. Justin Bieber can sing "Never Say Never" forever, but I'll still stick with never.
06/01/2012 12:14 EDT

Why Won't Canada's Troubled Friends Take Our Advice?

The G8 Summit was oddly clarifying: With Europe riven with divisions over the euro and the sclerosis of welfare states in aging societies, the United States wrapped up in increasingly parochial domestic politics, Japan adrift and Russia backsliding into authoritarianism, Canada stood alone as a country with healthy economic prospects and a stable government.
05/22/2012 12:27 EDT
AP

Why NATO Should Accept Mexico

President Obama and the leaders of the world's most successful alliance, NATO, -- one that deterred nuclear war and kept the peace in Europe after centuries of conflict -- gather in Chicago this weekend to talk about the future. Obama and Prime Minister Harper should consider Mexico when they meet with other NATO leaders in Chicago.
05/18/2012 11:56 EDT

Will Canada French Kiss Harper Goodbye?

In Canada's next election, which isn't due until 2014, the country could follow France, choosing a socialist over a conservative to captain the ship of state -- in Canada's case, perhaps a canoe of state -- through rough seas ahead.
05/14/2012 12:07 EDT
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Playing For Keeps: the Game of Foreign Policy

International relations scholar Henry Nau suggested two metaphoric approaches to U.S. foreign policy. The first is the jigsaw puzzle. The second is the chess game. The United States will determine whether it wants to play chess or jigsaw for the future of North America. The question is, will Harper decide to play nicely with the others?
05/09/2012 01:12 EDT

Redford Win is a Win for Obama Too

Alberta's election result was a reprieve for the Obama administration. The reasonable Redford government will temper somewhat Harper's enthusiasm for petroleum realpolitik. Had the Wildrose Party won the election, Washington would have been in for a wild ride.
04/24/2012 09:25 EDT

This Summit Season, Obama Envies Harper's Smooth Climb

Harper can relax and try to enjoy the many international meetings ahead. With a majority government at last, he will have to endure another few "Summit Seasons." That is not a bad thing, as Obama can tell him at any one of the meetings they'll attend together from now through the summer.
04/06/2012 05:35 EDT
CP

The Three Amigos: The Sequel

Barack Obama hosts Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon in Washington for a North American Leaders summit today, the theme of which is trilateralism. The U.S. remains doggedly committed to trilateralism, while Harper is diffident. Canada's view of the U.S. is as its BFF, that does not have room for Mexico in it.
04/02/2012 12:50 EDT
AP

Canada and the U.S. No Longer Separated By Border of Horrors

One year after Obama and Harper launched an initiative to negotiate border security improvements, the two governments are making good progress. The new border order being negotiated promises to complete the transformation of our border security efforts into effective defences that pose no threat to innocent travel and commerce.
02/15/2012 08:00 EST

The Prime Minister and Lady Edith Go to China

Like Lady Edith of the hit series Downtown Abbey, Prime Minister Harper must feel frustrated that Obama expects him to stand aside while the U.S. courts China and simultaneously wait around for a decision on Keystone. Worse still, there is the fear that Chinese interest in Canada is only a ploy, Beijing using Ottawa to spark Obama's jealousy and get Washington's attention.
02/06/2012 05:08 EST
ap

Fine. We'll Play With China Then.

The only certain winner in the Keystone decision is China, which is now one step closer to being able to access Canadian oil at no cost to them. Stephen Harper will now use his visit to China in February to promote Canadian oil.
01/19/2012 11:12 EST

Did U.S. Partisan Warfare Kill Keystone?

Open partisan warfare between Democrats and Republicans, between the Obama administration and Congress, is underway and the latest clash is the Battle of Keystone, the fight over the Keystone XL pipeline.
01/18/2012 01:01 EST
CP

An iPad Passport? Why Not?

If the United States already accepts passport cards and EDLs as passport alternatives for border crossing to Canada, couldn't other options be explored to allow our border security personnel to quickly confirm traveler identities, using convenient devices many of us carry with us every day?
01/11/2012 05:37 EST

Russia's Next Face Off on Ice

Team Canada's heartbreaking defeat at the World Junior Hockey semifinals has many Canadians thinking ruefully about their Russian rivals on ice. But they'd be wise to pay attention to another Russian rivalry: Vladimir Putin's aggressive new push to expand Russian arctic sovereignty claims.
01/04/2012 05:53 EST
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When It Comes to Trade, Harper Doesn't Like Three-Ways

Looking at the history of U.S.-Canadian relations, Harper appears to believe that progress in reducing economic barriers for Canadians has been faster and more profound when done bilaterally with the United States. It isn't deepening integration that Harper approaches with caution, but trilateralism.
01/02/2012 12:04 EST