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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.
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Canada Needs to Get Cozy With Mexico

Making the case to deepen ties with Mexico to Canadians on the basis of a thoughtful review of the arguments and the evidence of twenty years of NAFTA experience is a valuable contribution to the Canadian debate, and very much in the tradition of sober second thought on issues of the day.
06/26/2015 05:30 EDT
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U.K. Election Results Are a Warning to Justin Trudeau

Canada's Liberal Party leader, Justin Trudeau, has been riding high in the polls and many observers consider him well-positioned for the October general election. Yet Britain's election results contain some warning signs that Trudeau should heed. Voter behaviour in an actual election provides an insight into the complicated mood of a comparable electorate, and it would be a mistake not to observe and learn from Britain's example less than six months before Canadians go to the polls.
05/08/2015 11:53 EDT
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Trade With India Is Good Politics in Canada

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Canada for his first official visit today, drawing attention to the opportunity that India offers for the Canadian economy. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative government have made global market access a priority, and India, a Commonwealth cousin, is at the top of the list.
04/14/2015 05:33 EDT
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David Cameron Borrows From Harper's Election Playbook

In Canada, Stephen Harper led two minority governments before his 2011 win gave him a solid majority. Britain's David Cameron became prime minister in 2010 by virtue of a coalition with the Liberal Democrats and would clearly prefer a majority of his own. ‎By imitating Harper's Canadian Crunch, he may have improved his chances.
04/02/2015 04:46 EDT
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Why Harper Took the Risks He Did With Cuba

Canadian foreign policy has often been said to be principally a policy toward the United States with other countries taking second place politically and strategically. If brokering talks between Havana and Washington was intended by the Harper government to win favour with U.S. leaders, the results were predictably mixed.
12/27/2014 09:48 EST
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Is North America Ready for the Ring, or the Gym?

The Obama administration, the Harper government and the Peña Nieto administration in Mexico all hope to boost economic growth and create jobs by opening up global markets and letting the best North American firms and workers compete. Before stepping into the ring with the world's heavyweight economies, North America needs to listen to Muhammad Ali.
12/06/2013 05:47 EST
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50 Years After "I Have a Dream," Quebec Struggles With Civil Rights

Fifty years ago today, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have A Dream" speech. But today Dr. King's call to freedom and liberty might be considered inconsistent with "Quebec values." Quebec Premier Pauline Marois is an avowed separatist pursuing this agenda by unusual means: a series of xenophobic policies that is ostracizing Quebec from the 21st century mainstream. The civil rights struggle of our time is to insist that the only valid standard is the content of our own character, and not our religious clothing, celebration of particular holidays, or the language we speak at work and at home.
08/28/2013 05:10 EDT

Paul Cellucci: A Forthright Friend of Canada

News that former Massachusetts Governor and U.S. Ambassador to Canada Argeo Paul Cellucci has died on Saturday following a brief and courageously public battle with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, called to mind the legacy of a man I came to know through his passion for Canada.
06/10/2013 05:25 EDT
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Why Canada-U.S. Relations Are Like a Hockey Game

Think of the U.S.-Canada economic relationship as a hockey game (remember hockey? Sigh.) In the first year, despite the distractions posed by the 2012 elections and a series of U.S. budget battles, the governments of Canada and the United States have made a strong start on improving border and regulatory cooperation.
12/18/2012 12:36 EST

So Long Carney, Canada Will Miss You

Governor of the Bank of Canada Mark Carney has been selected as the next Governor of the Bank of England, a bold move by one of the world's oldest central banks. His term at the head of the Bank of Canada was due to end in 2015, and so the move is surprising for many Canadians.
11/26/2012 01:51 EST
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Can This Friendship be Saved?

The two best kept secrets in Washington are the degree to which Canadians have been rooting for a post-election American economic turnaround, and the extent to which that turnaround is dependent on removing the barriers to trade with the United States largest export market, Canada. Will Obama lead America there?
11/07/2012 05:09 EST
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Why Romney and Obama Kept Mum on Canada

In the three U.S. presidential candidates' debates, and in one vice presidential candidates' debate, Canada came up frequently. But in the final debate of this election season -- the one devoted nominally to foreign policy -- Canada did not come up at all. Is this cause for alarm or indignation? No.
10/23/2012 08:09 EDT
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Romney's Hollywood Remake of Canada's Foreign Policy

On Canadian Thanksgiving Monday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gave a major foreign policy address to the faculty and students of the Virginia Military Institute. He did not mention Canada once despite the fact that his vision of U.S. global leadership is like the Hollywood-budget version of Canada's indie foreign policy sensation. Should Romney become the 45th president of the United States, it will be essential, though, for him to recognize that U.S. leadership must be exercised in a spirit of partnership for it to be successful. The message to Ottawa in January can't be "Thanks Canada for doing the right things in world affairs -- we'll take it from here."
10/10/2012 07:36 EDT
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Presidential Debates: Like the Stanley Cup of Politics

Last night the first presidential candidates' debate of the 2012 election took place in Denver. For political junkies the debate was jarring: neither debater behaved according to the expectations set over the past several months. Obama was tongue-tied at several points. Romney seemed presidential. It is the phase of U.S. presidential campaigns that most closely resembles the Stanley Cup finals. Romney has the advantage for now, but Obama has been to the finals before and is the reigning champion. Game on!
10/04/2012 05:19 EDT

Will "Ugly Canadians" Get the Bellingham Boot?

Residents of the border town of Bellingham, Washington are calling for "American-only" shopping hours at the local Costco, which is routinely crowded with Canadian cross border shoppers. Around the world, the stereotype of the "ugly American" tourist is built on blundering offenses against local sensibilities. Canadians should remember that the towns they visit are somebody's home, take an interest in local festivals and community gatherings, reach out and get to know locals.
08/16/2012 05:42 EDT

Should the U.S. Stick Its Head in Our Oil Sands?

Senator Chuck Schumer wants the U.S. government's Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to intervene to block the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) -- a state-owned firm -- from purchasing Nexen, a Canadian energy company active in the oil sands of Alberta. At first glance, it seems awfully presumptuous of the United States government to intervene at all.
07/27/2012 05:58 EDT
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Will Khadr Come Between Canada and the U.S.?

A request for additional information by Canadian Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews last week has created doubt as to whether Canada wants Khadr back. Some Canadian observers have suggested that a bilateral row over Khadr is brewing and could generate a full-blown crisis in the U.S.-Canadian relationship.
07/23/2012 05:01 EDT
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Canada's Growth Owes no Debt To Socialism

Canada's fiscal hardheadedness and pro-growth economic policies, along with its tremendous resource wealth, are the real examples that the United States can and should follow (the United States has great resource wealth too, thankfully).
07/17/2012 05:08 EDT

Let's Name This Bridge After Canada

What's in a name? Now that the construction of a second bridge between Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario is moving forward, the question of what to call it is more pressing. And so, with Canada's 145th birthday around the corner, on July 1, I propose that we call the new crossing the "Canadian Bridge." Not just because they're paying more than their share, but to honour Canada as a great neighbor and friend.
06/29/2012 04:11 EDT
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Has Obama Really "Lost Canada"?

This morning after I'd read an article in Foreign Affairs entitled "How Obama Lost Canada." Canada? Lost? Really? The authors' view that the Obama administration has alienated Canada through its neglect of Canadian priorities seems overly defeatist. It is undeniable that Canada has not got everything it has asked for from the Obama administration, but relations between Canada and the United States are not that bad.
06/26/2012 02:21 EDT