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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.

The Biggest Story of 2011 for me? Osama bin Laden is Dead.

The terrorist attacks had a profound effect on me, and on the way that the world looked to me. The U.S.-Canadian relationship changed profoundly at that moment, struck by a monster who had probably never thought about it. My career as an American Canada-watcher changed that day, too.
12/30/2011 09:34 EST

Another Obama Success: Canada

A second term for Obama might be good for Canada. Obama's departure from Bush policies regarding Canada has been driven by electoral considerations, and in a second term, Obama might be less inclined to make such concessions to his base at Canada's expense.
12/27/2011 08:36 EST

Calling Harper's Bluff on Keystone

The politics surrounding the Keystone pipeline have entered the phase of threat and counter-threat when media accounts start to resemble the pre-match theatrics of heavyweight boxers. The question is: Who is bluffing?
12/21/2011 11:41 EST

Why Can't We Build Great Projects Anymore?

Something must be done soon to allow a great country to build great projects again, and keep North America competitive with Asia and Europe. For many of these "shovel ready" projects, the problem is not funding or engineering, but permitting.
12/14/2011 09:09 EST
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A Great Border Deal for Both Sides -- if US Doesn't Block it

If the governments can deliver on even half of the deal's agenda items, the economies of both countries will benefit. In a time of global economic turmoil, that is significant, and welcome. However the 2012 U.S. elections loom large over these action plans and cast a chilling shadow over hope that all, or even most, of what is outlined in these action plans will be achieved.
12/08/2011 08:50 EST
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Obama-Harper Summit: Why Did it Take So Long?

Harper was invited to the White House today for a bilateral meeting this week to let the public know what officials have known for months -- the extent and scope of efficient border management. It shouldn't have taken so long to make this announcement of what will be, after all, a to-do list and not a litany of accomplishments.
12/07/2011 08:57 EST
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Sequestering U.S.-Canadian Relations

If the U.S Congress' does not reach a deal to lift the debt ceiling once more before the 2012 elections, the automatic budget cuts to defense that would follow could have a serious impact on agreements and relations with Canada.
11/22/2011 02:45 EST

With Friends Like Obama...

Harper has been a great friend to Obama: supportive of the U.S. global warming approach at Copenhagen and Cancun, supporting the U.S.-led NATO mission in Afghanistan, and offering to sell renewable hydroelectric power as well as oil and gas to energize an American economic recovery. But as many have discovered, it doesn't pay to be Obama's friend.
11/14/2011 11:13 EST