First Mondays Discussion Group 6/3/19
201 Broad St, One Canterbury Green
Stamford, CT 06901
United States of America
Join your fellow Forum members for an informal discussion of a global issue on the 1st Monday of every month (usually!). The purpose is to socialize and discuss critical issues of the day. Beer, wine, hot food and a light dessert will be available beginning at 5:30 pm. The discussion will begin promptly at 6 pm and conclude at 7 pm. Further socializing continues until 7:30 pm. As always, First Mondays is a ‘no homework’ event, an opportunity for WAF members to share our common interest in world affairs.
"Do We Have Foreign Relations With Canada?"
The U.S. and Canada have been so closely aligned on so many policies for so long that some Americans don't quite think of Canada as a foreign nation. There has always been a 'normal' level of trade issues, but could other matters, long set in a collaborative relationship, lead to wider divergences between the neighbors? For instance -- Could the autonomous Nunavut territory change the bilateral relationship over Arctic policy? Could Canada's claim of sovereignty over the Northwest Passages between Atlantic and Pacific lead to conflict with the US and others, who call them international waters? As the transatlantic relationship evolves, how might Canada choose -- could the NATO and NORAD treaties end up contradicting each other? Could a Quebec separatist movement lead to parts of Canada adopting European affiliations and others converging with the US -- and what would define relations between the various parties? Might any US - Canadian divergences lead to geopolitical competition in places like the Caribbean, where Canada has built a considerable sphere of influence?
How much do we take Canada for granted, and how much should we be able to maintain our expectation of broad-based amicability?
Join your fellow Forum members and our friendly moderator to discuss this timely global issue. Beer, wine, hot food, and a light dessert will be available beginning at 5:30 pm. The discussion will begin promptly at 6 pm and conclude by 7:30 pm. Further details will be sent to attendees after registration. As always this is a 'no homework' event, but optional reading materials will be made available for registrants.
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