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Christopher Sands

Director of the Center for Canadian Studies

Acting Director of the Latin American Studies Program

Senior Research Professor

About

Christopher Sands is a Senior Research Professor and Director of the Center for Canadian Studies who is also currently serving as the Acting Director of the Latin American Studies Program. Professor Sands teaches courses on Federalism and International Relations (SA.840.705) Middle Power Diplomacy (SA.840.706) the Politics of North American Economic Integration (SA.840.736) and an annual Policy Consulting Practicum (SA.840-718) in which students work as a consulting team to advise a Canadian government on policy analysis, evaluation, and design. He represents SAIS on the faculty advisory council to the Johns Hopkins University Research Administration (JHURA) the university-wide office of sponsored research.

Dr. Sands is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and a nonresident Senior Associate of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) the Washington think tank where he was a resident specialist on Canadian affairs from 1993 until 2002. In 2019 he was named a Senior Fellow of Massey College at the University of Toronto and he is an Associate Member of Chaire Raoul-Dandurand en études stratégiques et diplomatiques at the Université du Québec à Montréal. In addition, Dr. Sands serves as a member of the board of directors for the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) in Montreal, on the executive committee of the Canada – United States Law Institute (CUSLI) at Case Western Reserve University and Western University of Ontario, and on the research advisory board for the Macdonald Laurier Institute (MLI) in Ottawa.

In 2019 Dr. Sands and Dr. David Carment co-edited the book Canada-US Relations: Sovereignty or Shared Institutions? (Palgrave Macmillan). He is a member of the editorial boards for three journals: Canadian Foreign Policy, Canadian American Public Policy, and the Borders in Globalization Review.

Dr. Sands was elected in 2019 to a second two-year term as a member of the executive council of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS). He is a member of the American Political Science Association (where he served as treasurer for the Canadian Politics Group from 2010 until 2017) and a member of the International Studies Association. Sands earned a BA in political science from Macalester College, and his MA in international economics (1994) and PhD in international relations and Canadian Studies (2009) from Johns Hopkins SAIS.


Fall 2015 
Spring 2017 
Fall 2016 
Spring 2015 

Expertise

Regions

  • Canada
  • North America

Topics

  • American Defense Policy
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Domestic Influences On Foreign Policy
  • Economics
  • American Economic Policy
  • Corporate Governance and Financial Markets
  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • Globalization
  • Labor Economics and Outsourcing
  • Elections and Foreign Policy
  • Energy Issues
  • Energy and Security
  • Energy Technologies
  • European Union and Transatlantic Relations
  • Intelligence
  • International Economics
  • International Law
  • International Political Economy
  • International Relations
  • Multinational Corporations
  • NAFTA
  • Nation-building and Democratization
  • NATO
  • Natural Resources
  • Oil Politics
  • Political Economy & Development
  • Politics
  • Privitization and Private-sector Development
  • U.S. Congress and Foreign Policy
  • U.S. Energy Policy
  • U.S. Presidency and Foreign Policy

Languages

  • French

In the News

Who is best placed to win Canada’s October election?

Christopher Sands interviewed in Latin America Advisor, 9/20

Politics turn nasty in Canada as Trudeau and rivals get personal.

Christopher Sands quoted in Bloomberg, 9/20

Blackface photos test Trudeau’s ability to survive scandal.

Christopher Sands quoted in Bloomberg, 9/19

Canada’s foreign policy election.

Christopher Sands cited in Lawfare, 9/10

House sails into stormy September.

Christopher Sands quoted in National Journal, 9/9

Reelection hopes don't look so good for Canada's battle-scarred Trudeau.

Christopher Sands quoted in Washington Times, 8/25

Justin Trudeau rapped a second time for conflicts of interest.

Christopher Sands quoted in The Washington Post, 8/14

Restoring trust in the election process.

Christopher Sands wrote for The Global Governance Project, 8/12

Professor Christopher Sands elected a Senior Fellow of Massey College

Director of the Center for Canadian Studies Christopher Sands has been elected a Senior Fellow of Massey College at the University of Toronto.

USMCA endgame 2019.

Christopher Sands wrote for Center for Strategic & International Studies, 8/1

Auto-motives.

Director of the Center for Canadian Studies Christopher Sands interviewed on the C.D. Howe Institute podcast, 7/12

Will foreign policy prove decisive in Canada’s 2019 election?

Director of the Center for Canadian Studies Christopher Sands wrote for Center for Strategic & International Studies, 6/28

Canada signals a willingness to challenge Trump on his clean-car rollback.

Director of the Center for Canadian Studies Christopher Sands quoted in The New York Times, 6/26

Trudeau leans on Trump to help Canadians detained in China at G20 summit.

Christopher Sands quoted in Ottawa Citizen, 6/25

In a twist, Canada asks U.S. for help cracking down at its southern border.

Director of the Center for Canadian Studies Christopher Sands quoted in The Washington Post, 4/17

Washington and the USMCA delay: Cause for concern?

Christopher Sands wrote for C.D. Howe Institute Intelligence Memos, 4/11

Justice committee releases Wilson-Raybould texts, recording on SNC.

Director of the Center for Canadian Studies Christopher Sands interviewed on BNN Bloomberg, 4/4

Maple moon rising: A gateway to better Canada-U.S. relations?

Director of the Center for Canadian Studies Christopher Sands wrote for Institute for Research on Public Policy Policy Options, 3/15

Why the SNC-Lavalin scandal is such a blow for Canada’s Trudeau.

Christopher Sands interviewed for World Politics Review, 3/15

SNC-Lavalin corruption crisis takes shine off Justin Trudeau.

Christopher Sands quoted in The Sunday Times, 3/10

Trudeau? Scandal? I don't believe it': As controversy rocks Canada's PM, the world winces — then shrugs.

Director of the Center for Canadian Studies Christopher Sands quoted on CBC News, 3/8

Cloudy days for Justin Trudeau.

Christopher Sands quoted on Center for Strategic & International Studies podcast, 3/7

USMCA faces an uncertain path through Congress.

Christopher Sands quoted in Marketplace, 3/5

Why U.S. Ambassador Craft deserves greater credit for her time in Canada.

Christopher Sands wrote in Open Canada blog, 3/4

Canada has leverage over the U.S. on tariffs, but should it be used?

Christopher Sands quoted in Yahoo Finance Canada, 2/28

Vacant UN post has new favorite: the U.S ambassador to Canada.

Christopher Sands quoted in Associated Press, 2/21

Is Congress likely to approve the USMCA this year?

Director of the Center for Canadian Studies Christopher Sands interviewed in Latin America Advisor, 2/20

Canada’s next NAFTA ‘charm offensive’ won’t look like the last one.

Director of the Center for Canadian Studies Christopher Sands quoted in Maclean’s Magazine, 2/7

The potential for a U.S.-Canadian spacefaring partnership.

Canada’s role in the U.S. return to space leadership. Christopher Sands wrote for the Wilson Center Canada Institute, 2/7

China testing Trump in Canada.

Christopher Sands wrote for Center for Strategic & International Studies, 2/1