Research Reports

An occasional series presenting research results on areas of Canada’s involvement with Asia undertaken by Canadian and international scholars.
Australia has been a major Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) exporter in the Asia Pacific region for over 25 years. Canada is currently looking to enter the Asian LNG market, with at least 18 LNG projects currently under proposal. In this report, N. Ross Lambie and R. Quentin Grafton review the challenges, risks, and opportunities experienced by the Australian LNG industry and the anticipated changes...
September 17, 2014
This report summarizes the key findings and insights from the Canada-Asia Energy Technology Services Forum, hosted by the MacEwan University School of Business in association with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada on April 29, 2014. The Forum brought together Canada and Asia-based energy leaders from industry, government, and academia for a discussion on how small and medium-sized Canadian...
September 11, 2014
This booklet illustrates how Asia matters for Canada through a series of infographics. Whether this is reflected in Canada’s merchandise exports, services trade, inward and outward investment, immigration, or inbound tourism, Asia‘s importance has been increasing across Canada. This publication is the first from The Asia Factor, a new APF Canada project dedicated to the study of each Canadian...
March 25, 2014
Although many of Canada’s leaders and high-profile reports have emphasized the importance of international education to Canada’s future, action to date has been modest and sporadic. On the ‘inbound’ side, which focuses on attracting students from other countries to study in Canada, we face intensifying competition. International students are highly coveted for their financial contributions to the...
March 19, 2014
The Canada-Korea Forum is a high-level, Track II dialogue on current important issues to both countries. The meeting alternates each year between Korea and Canada. This year, which also marked five decades of official relations between the two countries, Canada hosted the Forum in Ottawa. The 2013 Forum gave participants the opportunity to reflect on the factors that have sustained the bilateral...
March 05, 2014
This report provides an overview and analysis of Canada’s past engagement in middle power diplomacy, including an examination of some of the key factors for successful middle power activism. Part I of the report looks at the ‘niche’ occupied by middle powers in international affairs and the conditions that allow for successful middle power leadership and cooperation. Part II looks specifically at...
March 05, 2014
In this special edition of Research Reports, we look ahead to the major trends that will re-shape the Asia-Pacific region in the next ten to fifteen years. These short briefs analyze emerging trends in areas such as e-commerce, financial architecture, regional security, urbanization and green urban growth, and climate change. The briefs discuss the potential impact of these trends on Asia, and...
March 04, 2014
A recent influx of Asian investment is changing the character of the Canadian oil and gas industry and reviving old debates on the regulation of foreign investment. Particular attention has been placed on investment by state-owned enterprises (SOEs), driven in part by public suspicion about investment from China, which has been the largest source of SOE capital flows to Canada. Recent amendments...
February 18, 2014
This report provides commentary and analysis on the Third Plenum of the 18th Central Committee, a recent high-level convening of the Chinese Communist Party’s top officials. As the author notes, at first, the Plenum appeared to be anything but historic in terms of spelling out official policy for the coming ten years. But President Xi Jinping’s subsequently released “Explanatory Notes,” revealed...
December 19, 2013
This report provides recommendations for how Canadian government, education and private sector can work to improve the Asia competence of Canada's citizens. As Asia continues to rise in terms of global prominence, experience, expertise and education the region is of critical importance to Canadians. The report assesses what is being done to grow Asia competence in Canada, where it is falling...
November 04, 2013

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