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Christopher Sands

Senior Research Professor

Director of the Center for Canadian Studies

Acting Director of the Latin American Studies Program

About

Christopher Sands is a Senior Research Professor and Director of the Center for Canadian Studies and also currently serving as the Interim Director of Latin American Studies at SAIS. In 2020, Professor Sands accepted a concurrent federal appointment as Director of the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

From 1993 to 2007 Sands was a fellow and director of Canada projects at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and from 2007 until 2016 he was a senior fellow and director of an Initiative on North American Competitiveness at the Hudson Institute. Professor Sands taught North American Comparative Politics at American University’s School of Public Affairs (2005-2012) and as the G. Robert Ross Distinguished Visiting Professor in the College of Business and Economics at Western Washington University (2012-2017). In the 1999-2000 academic year, he was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Norman Peterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. Dr. Sands currently serves on the boards of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, the Canada-US Law Institute, the Institute for Research on Public Policy, the Macdonald Laurier Institute, and the University of California Berkeley’s Canadian Studies Program.

Professor Sands’ most recent book is Canada-US Relations: Sovereignty or Shared Institutions? (Palgrave Macmillan 2019) and he is currently working on a book on the evolution of the North American political economy. He is a member of the editorial board for Canadian Foreign Policy Journal. Sands earned a B.A. in political science from Macalester College, and his M.A. in international economics (1994) and Ph.D. 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

More nuanced, test-focused approach needed to reopen Canada-U.S. border.

Christopher Sands quoted in The Hill Times, 7/15

The state of Canada-U.S. relations.

Christopher Sands interviewed on CBC, 7/3

Is aluminum the new softwood lumber?

Christopher Sands wrote in The Hill, 7/2

Responding to COVID-19 with the border we have.

Christopher Sands wrote in The Hill Times, 5/27

A coordinated way to reawaken the North American economy.

Christopher Sands wrote in Governing, 5/22

Will pipe in the ground trump Joe Biden's vow to stop Keystone XL?

Christopher Sands quoted in Calgary Herald, 5/20

Canada’s road to UN Security Council seat goes through Fiji

Christopher Sands quoted in National Post, 5/14

Canada-U.S. border to close except for essential supply chains.

Christopher Sands quoted in The Globe and Mail, 3/19

Trump, Trudeau agree to close U.S.-Canada border to ‘nonessential’ traffic.

Christopher Sands quoted in The Washington Post, 3/18

Different Strokes: Will the shared Canada U.S. border have consequences?

Christopher Sands quoted in Travel Industry Today, 3/13

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives want to pass USMCA.

Christopher Sands interviewed on Global Television Network The West Block, 11/3

Can a scandal-plagued Trudeau win reelection in Canada

Christopher Sands interviewed in World Politics Review, 10/3

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

Christopher Sands quoted in Bloomberg, 9/20

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

Christopher Sands interviewed in Latin America Advisor, 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