Latest Research: Articles, Papers, and Reports


Rethinking the Top of the World: The Arctic Council

January 1, 2011

Increasingly, issues of Arctic security are the focus of public attention and debate. Whether it is media attention to Russian bombers, the recent announcement of moving forward on the Mackenzie Pipeline, or the increasing body of scholarly work suggesting that we are in the midst of a new cold war, the Arctic is receiving unprecedented attention from political leaders, policy makers, media and academics.

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Fracture Lines: Will Canada’s Water Be Protected in the Rush to Develop Shale Gas?

October 14, 2010

This discussion paper was the first major formal public discussion in Canada of the shale gas issue. As supplies of fossil fuel dwindle, oil and gas companies are increasingly looking to unconventional sources such as shale gas to supply energy needs. This paper outlines the potential impacts of shale gas exploration and production on groundwater resources, and described the paucity of groundwater mapping and lack of effective regulatory oversight.

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A Century of Sharing Water Supplies between Canadian and American Borderland Communities

October 1, 2010

The entry into force of the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement in 1989 and the North American Free Trade Association (NAFTA) in 1994 reignited a decades-old debate: should Canada allow bulk water exports across its borders?

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The Importance of Steel Manufacturing to Canada – A Research Study

July 6, 2010

While history is important, this Report is not about building a testimonial nor placing a lot of black crepe paper around the country’s steel mills. It is about the future. Understanding the past and present of the steel industry is fundamental to understanding its future, and the future of the economy as a whole. We hear a lot about the growth
of the service sector and the declining importance of manufacturing.

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Munk Centre Monitor Spring 2010

May 13, 2010

Munk Centre Monitor Spring 2010

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Comparative Program on Health and Society Lupina Foundation Working Papers Series 2007–2009

April 1, 2010

The end of the first decade of the millennium was characterized by tremendous
global change, as evidenced by the upheaval in financial markets, new leadership of
national governments, and innovative developments in science and technology. In
the domain of health, things have been equally interesting; the outbreak of
pandemic H1N1 influenza, introduction of novel forms of medical treatment for
diseases old and new, and inventive strategies for the organization of healthcare,
both locally in Canada and internationally, have all provided much food for thought
for the researchers affiliated with the Comparative Program on Health and Society
(CPHS).

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Ukraine’s New Course: Away from the West

April 1, 2010

The election of Viktor Yanukovych as Ukraine’s fourth president in February 2010 led to a sharp discontinuity in the country’s foreign and domestic policies. After a few months in office, President Yanukovych has already renounced many of the legacies of his predecessor, Viktor Yushchenko.

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Breaking Up Dark Clouds in Cyberspace

April 1, 2010

The Munk School’s Citizen Lab made international news headlines with a report documenting a complex ecosystem of cyber espionage that systematically targeted and compromised computer systems in India, the Offices of the Dalai Lama, the United Nations, and several other countries.

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Voices from the Past: The International Politics of Financial Stability

April 1, 2010

In the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, many are hoping that the newly expanded G20 and its newly refurbished Financial Stability Board will foster cooperative policies and resilient markets. In this essay, the author wonders if his late friend Jacques Polak would have considered this hope realistic.

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The Future of the G8

April 1, 2010

The G8 is dead. Long live the G20! Not so fast. Despite rumours to the contrary, there is still very much a place and a responsibility for the G8 in the international governance architecture.

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