GAC Presents: The Canada-U.S. Relationship, James Hill, Consul General, Canada, Thurs., Nov. 12

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Join us Thurs., Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in the PUB Quiet Dining Room (9208) for a talk by James Hill, Consul General, Canada. This event is free and open to the public.

The United States and Canada share two borders and their bilateral relationship is one of the closest and most extensive in the world. It is reflected in the high volume of bilateral trade–more than $2 billion a day in goods and service; the fact that the two countries have one of the world’s largest investment relationships; and in people-to-people contact–about 300,000 people cross between the countries every day. In fields ranging from security and law enforcement to environmental protection to free trade, the two countries work closely together on multiple levels, from federal to local.

Canada and the U.S. cooperate on continental defense, transboundary environmental and water issues, and on international high seas governance initiatives. They are both founding members of the Arctic Council. They are both members of numerous multilateral political, military, and economic fora, including the United Nations, NATO, WTO, NAFTA, G7, G20, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Organization of American States, and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

But do they see eye to eye on every international issue? There is a tendency of Americans to take Canada for granted – “they are just like us, aren’t they?” While the two nations do share many basic values and cooperate in many spheres, Canada does have interests and perspectives that at times are at odds with the United States.

Join us in exploring Canada’s worldview  with the current Consul General of Canada in Seattle, James Hill. See more details on Consul Hill.

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Join the GAC for “Cuba and the United States Today,” Thurs., Oct. 29

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Join the Global Affairs Center for a symposium on the state of the relationship between Cuba and the U.S. today led by Marc McLeod, Director, Latin American Studies and Associate Professor of History at Seattle University. This FREE event is happening Thurs., Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. in the PUB Quiet Dining Room.

On December 17, 2014, an agreement between the United States and Cuba, popularly called “The Cuban Thaw”, brokered in part by Canada and Pope Francis, began the process of restoring international relations between Cuba and the United States.  On April 14, 2015, the Obama Administration announced that it would remove Cuba from the American government’s list of nations which sponsor terrorism. Shortly thereafter, Cuba and the U.S. reached a deal to reopen embassies in their respective capitals on July 20, 2015, and reestablish diplomatic relations. “Normal relations,” including fully lifting the U.S. commercial and financial embargo on Cuba, as well as allowing unrestricted travel to Cuba, are still being discussed. The United States naval base at Guantánamo Bay stands out as a particularly intractable issue in the renewed relationship.

Join us for a discussion of issues at the heart of this historic rapprochement between the two states with Marc McLeod, Director, Latin American Studies and Associate Professor of History, Seattle University. Click here for more information about Marc McLeod.