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CIC Vancouver: Three Foreign Policy Challenges for a Trump Administration

January 19, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST


President-elect Trump has threatened to “terminate” NAFTA, renege on NATO alliances, and withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change. We explore the implications of these claims and speculate how a Trump administration will affect Canada in a three panel event.

What is the future for multilateral free trade agreements? with Senator Yuen Pau Woo
US Relations with NATO with Alexander Moens
Will the US defect from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change? with Deborah Harford

Join the CIC Vancouver on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 for an evening panel at the Tap & Barrel’s TAPshack to discuss foreign policy challenges facing the Trump administration. Doors open at 5:00pm and the discussion panel will begin promptly at 5:30 pm, with a Q&A to follow.

Come prepared with your questions and comments! We look forward to seeing you there!

Speakers’ Biographies
Deborah Harford is the Executive Director of ACT (the Adaptation to Climate Change Team), based at the School of Public Policy at SFU. A member of the first cohort of students in SFU’s innovative Undergraduate Semester in Dialogue, she is a lifelong environmentalist and passionate communicator. Deborah was appointed as a Climate Solutions Fellow in June 2015.

Deborah co-founded ACT in 2006 with Dialogue’s Dr. Mark Winston and the School of Public Policy’s Dr. Nancy Olewiler with the goal of working to protect ecosystem health while exploring policy options and developing resources for adaptation to a range of climate change impact areas, including water, food, health, biodiversity, energy, infrastructure, and population displacement. Deborah is responsible for development of ACT’s pioneering vision and its unique partnerships with the public and private sectors, as well as overall coordination and management of the program. She directs and produces ACT’s policy recommendations for effective adaptation strategies at all levels of government, as well as communication and promotion of the program’s outcomes. Through Deborah’s efforts, ACT has created, and is a contributor to, a wide variety of networks between local, national and international climate change research practitioners, NGOs, industry represent atives, all levels of government, First Nations groups and local communities.

Deborah is a frequent contributor of articles on climate change adaptation to journals and other publications. She is co-author of The Columbia River Treaty: A Primer, published by Rocky Mountain Books in 2014 as a resource for those interested in understanding the positions of the sovereign entities of this significant international trans-boundary water treaty as they consider its renegotiation in the context of a changing climate and other pressures that were not yet priority considerations when the Treaty was ratified in 1964. Deborah also contributed to Global Chorus: 365 Voices on the Future of the Planet.

Deborah’s work with ACT has gained her international recognition as a resource for those seeking information on climate change adaptation and practical coping strategies.

Alexander Moens is a professor of Political Science at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada and was the Eisenhower Fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome in 2015.

Moens is the co-editor (with Brooke Smith-Windsor) of NATO and Asia Pacific (NDC, Rome, 2016), co-editor of Immigration Policy and the Terrorist Threat in Canada and the United States (2008), and author of The Foreign Policy of George W. Bush: Values, Strategy, Loyalty (2004), Foreign Policy Under Carter (1990), as well as co-editor of Disconcerted Europe: The Search for a New Security Architecture (1994), and NATO and European Security: Alliance Politics from the Cold War’s End to the Age of Terrorism (2003).

Recent publications include “George W. Bush Decision Maker: Take Two,” in Donald R. Kelley and Todd G. Shields (eds) Taking the Measure: The Presidency of George W. Bush (2013); “Ukraine, NATO and Moral Realism,” Atlantisch Perspectief, by Alexander Moens, Seychelle Cushing, and Alan W. Dowd (2015); and Cybersecurity Challenges for Canada and the United States and “How NATO’s Values and Functions Influence its Policy and Action,” NATO Defense College, (2016).

Senator Yuen Pau Woo is British Columbia’s newest independent senator and a senior resident fellow at the Jack Austin Centre for Asia Pacific Business Studies at SFU. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the appointment this fall.

Woo has more than 25 years of experience in strategy and policy for business, government and not-for-profit organizations. He is widely recognized as a leading thinker on Asian economic issues and Canada-Asia relations, and is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award in recognition of his contribution to Canada-Asia relations. Prior to his current role at SFU’s Beedie School of Business, he was president and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.
The new senator says he’s mindful of the huge responsibility to discharge his duties with independence while also respecting parliamentary tradition, Canadian values, and the long-term good of the country.

“I am excited to be part of a reforming senate, and will do everything I can to contribute not only to sound public policy, but also to the strengthening of the Upper House as an integral and valued part of the Canadian parliamentary system,” he says.

He says that while his new job in Ottawa is incredibly exciting, he doesn’t plan to be a stranger to the University.
“I love the exchange of ideas at SFU, and am a big fan of the University’s commitment to engage with the community through research, convening and partnerships,” he says. “As an independent senator, I need to be plugged into the best thinking in the country on public policy issues, and I know SFU will be an important source for great ideas that I will turn to over and over again.”

Date and Time
Thursday January 19, 2017
5:00pm to 8:00pm

Tap & Barrel’s TAPshack
1199 W Cordova St
Vancouver, BC V6C 0A1

CIC Member Price $5.00
CIC Student Member Price $3.00
Non-Member Price $15.00

Please click HERE to register online.


January 19, 2017
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST