Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

Research Areas & Projects

Initially, the thematic research focus of the Mulroney Institute of Government will be in the following areas:

Canada-US Relations

Canada shares with the United States the world’s longest undefended border, a system of integrated continental defense, and cross-border trade amounting to nearly two billion dollars per day. It is the most important foreign policy relationship that Canada manages, and one of the most complex. Within this theme, researchers will undertake projects examining questions of trade, economics, defence, immigration, and political relations. Understanding this relationship requires knowledge of its underlying foundations, its development and evolution, and current dynamics. By developing international connections, supporting new research, and facilitating an interdisciplinary dialogue between Canadian and American academics, the Mulroney Institute will contribute to informed policy making, strengthened bilateral ties, and a more robust understanding of the continuing benefits of a strong North American partnership.

Arctic and Marine Security Policy

The Arctic is a region in flux. Climate change, resource development, shipping, and security concerns have combined in recent years to invest the North with a new, and lasting, significance in Canadian policy and defence consideration. To adapt and lead in this changing Arctic requires understanding: understanding of our Northern history, our stewardship responsibilities, and of the complex dynamics diving circumpolar change. These overarching themes contain a number of subfields, such as shipping, maritime security, defence, environmental protection, natural resources management, Indigenous governance, and sovereignty. To this end, the Mulroney Institute will support new and innovative research in this area through policy relevant publication, teaching, public engagement, and the development of new partnerships across government, academia, and industry.

Women’s Leadership for Global Change



Human Rights



Democracy & Governance



Climate & Environmental Policy



Indigenous Governance



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