Johns Hopkins SAIS experts available to discuss US-Canada-Mexico relations during North American Leaders Summit


As President Barack Obama meets with the leaders of Canada and Mexico on Wednesday for his final North American Leaders Summit, experts from the Canadian Studies Program and Latin American Studies Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) are available to offer insight on how the “Three Amigos” summit could impact the future of immigration, trade, energy, and the environment.

Christopher Sands, Director of the Center for Canadian Studies; and Charles F. Doran, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of International Relations in Canadian Studies; can discuss the stakes for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he hosts his first international summit since being elected last fall.

Director of the Latin American Studies Program Riordan Roett can share commentary on Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, as he works to improve Mexico-Canada relations on his first official trip to Canada.

The scholars are available to discuss:

  • How does the vote for Britain to leave the European Union, and the uncertainty of European integration affect North American diplomacy?
  • What are the implications of Brexit for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement?
  • Will Canada’s CETA trade deal with the EU change now that Britain, Canada’s largest EU trading partner, is leaving the union?
  • What is President Obama’s legacy in North America as he attends his last regional summit?
  • What are the next steps to take on environmental and energy matters?
  • What is the significance of the upcoming U.S. presidential election, and its influence on future relations?

Despite critical statements about the North American Free Trade Agreement by President Obama as a senator and presidential candidate, Sands said he has been more committed to strengthening the North American regional economy and attending these summits of the Three Amigos than many expected. "The next U.S. president will be someone who has criticized NAFTA too – and yet will end up engaging in the complex issues of trade, security, and environmental cooperation with the United States’ neighbors.” 

Roett said, in addition to the “dark cloud” of the recent Brexit vote, President Obama faces challenges ahead including a growing sentiment in the U.S. that global trade deals are bad for jobs and the environment, and resistance from Republicans for new agreements to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016