Christopher Sands
GET UPDATES FROM Christopher Sands
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.

Entries by Christopher Sands

Canada Needs to Get Cozy With Mexico

(14) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 6:30 PM

NDP leader Thomas Mulcair wants to abolish it. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau unfriended it. Prime Minister Stephen Harper would like to avoid the subject. But last week the Canadian Senate proved that it can make a valuable contribution to public policy discourse by issuing a thoughtful report on North America.

Read Post

U.K. Election Results Are a Warning to Justin Trudeau

(45) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 12:53 PM

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.

Winner Takes All. In first-past-the post constituencies, if voters unhappy with the incumbent party...

Read Post

Trade With India Is Good Politics in Canada

(3) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 6:33 PM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Canada for his first official visit on Tuesday, drawing attention to the opportunity that India offers for the Canadian economy -- and for Canadian politicians.

A number of recent projections have forecast that India will soon become the world's third largest...

Read Post

David Cameron Borrows From Harper's Election Playbook

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 5:24 PM

In the run up to the British general election in May David Cameron has accused the Labour Party of planning a post-election coalition with the Scottish National Party in order to form the next government together. As the Economist magazine noted ("Downtrodden Labour: Why Conservatives are talking up...

Read Post

Why Harper Took the Risks He Did With Cuba

(22) Comments | Posted December 27, 2014 | 9:48 AM

Canada's role in U.S. President Barack Obama's overture to the Cuban government has been quickly overshadowed by that of Pope Francis, and by the raucous debate that followed in Washington, D.C. But it is a role that is worthy of comment, representing as it does a too-rare instance of principle...

Read Post

Is North America Ready for the Ring, or the Gym?

(5) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 5:47 PM

Boxer Muhammad Ali, asked about his string of heavyweight championship victories, said, "The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses -- behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights."

Athletic competition and economic competition are similar:...

Read Post

50 Years After "I Have a Dream," Quebec Struggles With Civil Rights

(111) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 4:39 PM

Fifty years ago today, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have A Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. In a moving passage that cites an American patriotic song (sung to the tune of "God Save the Queen"), King said,...

Read Post

Paul Cellucci: A Forthright Friend of Canada

(2) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 6:25 PM

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.

Cellucci was one...

Read Post

Why Canada-U.S. Relations Are Like a Hockey Game

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 12:44 AM

Have you ever found yourself cheering for the referees? Not applauding a good call, but standing up and shouting in support of what they're doing during the game?

Probably not. It isn't normal. And yet that is what I feel like doing after a weekend spent reviewing the...

Read Post

So Long Carney, Canada Will Miss You

(1) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 2:15 PM

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 that could pay dividends for Britain and for Europe.

The choice by U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer...

Read Post

Can This Friendship be Saved?

(10) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 5:19 PM

Barack Obama won, and will serve a second term as 44th president of the United States. But Canada may be a winner too.

In the 2012 U.S. elections the most important issue for Canada was the same as for most American voters: how to get the U.S. economy...

Read Post

Why Romney and Obama Kept Mum on Canada

(9) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 8:02 AM

In the three U.S. presidential candidates' debates, and in one vice presidential candidates' debate, Canada came up frequently. President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney took note of Canadian energy exports to the United States and the importance of the Keystone XL pipeline and other pipelines connecting the two countries....

Read Post

Romney's Hollywood Remake of Canada's Foreign Policy

(11) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 1:00 AM

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.

Yet the speech contained some messages that Canadians may find interesting -- and familiar.

The main...

Read Post

Presidential Debates: Like the Stanley Cup of Politics

(2) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 6:34 PM

Last night the first presidential candidates' debate of the 2012 election took place in Denver. It was the start of a new phase in the election campaign -- the final month, when a larger number of Americans, including likely and unlikely voters, begins to pay attention.

It was...

Read Post

Will "Ugly Canadians" Get the Bellingham Boot?

(33) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 7:33 PM

John Mellencamp's song "Small Town" is a catchy reminder of the way the world looks from the perspective of the little communities that dot the United States and Canada, too. It is worth humming under your breath as you read the news that residents of the...

Read Post

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

(18) Comments | Posted July 27, 2012 | 2:15 PM

Senator Chuck Schumer, New York Democrat and one of the leading figures in the Democratic majority, wants the U.S. government's Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (known as CFIUS) to intervene to block the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) -- a state-owned firm -- from...

Read Post

Will Khadr Come Between Canada and the U.S.?

(30) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 4:09 PM

Repatriating convicted terrorist Omar Khadr to Canada to serve the rest of his sentence is the right thing for the Obama administration to offer to do, and the Harper government has a right to say "thanks, but no thanks."

An international campaign to generate sympathy for Khadr as a "child...

Read Post

Canada's Growth Owes no Debt To Socialism

(93) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 3:46 PM

Success has many fathers, the saying goes. If only there was a paternity test to sort out the claimants of credit for the Canadian economy.

Canadian author Stephen Marche is the latest to weigh in, with a short opinion piece published on Marche argued two points: first,...

Read Post

Let's Name This Bridge After Canada

(8) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 11:40 AM

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.

When it was first contemplated, it was referred to as the Detroit River International Crossing, or the DRIC. This...

Read Post

Has Obama Really "Lost Canada"?

(2) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 3:01 PM

It took me a few minutes to wipe the coffee off my computer screen this morning after I'd read an article entitled, "How Obama Lost Canada" in the online edition of Foreign Affairs, the Council on Foreign Relations journal. Canada? Lost? Really?

The authors are two...

Read Post