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Snapshot,
Jonathan Kay

A decade from now, Canadians will remember this week as one in which two mentally unstable Islamic converts staged amateurish, low-yield, one-man suicide attacks on Canadian soldiers. They will not remember it as a turning point in the nation’s history.

Video,
Gideon Rose and Carla A. Hills

Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs, sits down with Carla Hills, the lead U.S. negotiator of NAFTA.

Snapshot,
David Petraeus and Robert Zoellick

As crises in the Middle East and rising tensions in Asia have consumed U.S. policymakers’ attention over the past decade, Washington has devoted comparatively little thought to North America. Yet it is precisely today's broader global challenges that make an ambitious strategy to strengthen North America so important.

Essay, Jan/Feb 2014
Carla A. Hills

In the 20 years since the North American Free Trade Agreement entered into force, the agreement has proved to be an economic boon. But if North America is to remain a uniquely competitive region, it will need to build on NAFTA’s success by opening markets beyond its borders.

Essay, Jan/Feb 2014
Michael Wilson

Although the North American Free Trade Agreement succeeded in liberalizing trade, over the 20 years since the treaty entered into force, it has failed to deepen links between the Canadian, U.S., and Mexican economies. It’s not too late to play catch-up, so policymakers should tear down the remaining barriers to complete economic integration.

Essay, Jan/Feb 2014
Jorge G. Castañeda

Twenty years after the North American Free Trade Agreement came into effect, the deal has brought neither the huge gains its proponents promised nor the dramatic losses its adversaries warned of. For Mexico, NAFTA did increase exports, but its impact on spurring economic growth and creating jobs has been less clear-cut.

Essay, Nov/Dec 2013
Charles W. Calomiris and Stephen H. Haber

Conventional wisdom sees banking crises as apolitical, the result of unforeseen and extraordinary circumstances. In reality, the same politics that influence other aspects of society also help explain why some countries, such as the United States, suffer repeated banking crises, while others, such as Canada, avoid them altogether.

Snapshot,
Jonathan Kay

From an economic point of view, the Keystone XL pipeline -- which is still awaiting final approval from the U.S. State Department -- is entirely justified. And environmental concerns, including environmental despoliation along the pipeline's route and the possibility that commercial development of Canada’s oil sands will worsen global warming, are exaggerated.

Reading List,
Jonathan Kay

An annotated Foreign Affairs syllabus on Canadian politics.

Snapshot,
Aviezer Tucker

Unconventional energy technologies, such as hydraulic fracturing, are here to stay. They have already produced a staggering glut of natural gas in the United States, and in the years ahead, they will reshape world politics, bringing wealth and power to those who master them and leaving the old petro-dictatorships behind.

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