New Canada-US Fulbright Research Chair at UW
Attracts Senior B.C. Government Official
Fulbrighter to explore cross-border cooperation
and dispute resolution as means of
North America’s global competitiveness
- June 8, 2006) Michael Hawes, Executive
Director of the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United
States, announced the first-ever recipient of the new Fulbright
Visiting Research Chair in Canadian Studies at the University of Washington.
Dr. Sukumar Periwal, Director of International Relations for British Columbia’s Intergovernmental Relations
Secretariat, will take up the Fulbright Chair at UW’s main campus in Seattle.
collaboration and effective mechanisms for dispute resolution are central to
ensuring North America’s competitiveness in
the global economy,” said Michael K. Hawes, Executive Director of the
Foundation for Educational Exchange. “As both a scholar and a practitioner, Dr.
Periwal is in the ideal position to contribute in
important ways to this pursuit. I am pleased to welcome him into the worldwide
community of Fulbright scholars.”
Canada-US relations are central to Periwal’s
professional work and academic interests.
Periwal is particularly interested in building
and strengthening regional relations with neighbouring US states and
will assess cross-border cooperation and dispute resolution in the Pacific
North West. Periwal’s
Fulbright research at UW will advance innovative strategies for increasing North America’s global competitiveness.Periwal, who will be housed in the Canadian Studies
Center of the Henry M. Jackson School
of International Studies, will also work closely with graduate students on
their comparative research in Canada-US policy.
“I am very honoured to be
selected for the Fulbright chair,” Periwal said. “I hope my research will increase the
effectiveness of cooperation across the Canada-US border. I am looking forward to strengthening
research and professional links with colleagues in both countries.”
Periwal completed his doctorate in international relations at
the University of
Oxford and participated
in the prestigious Canadian Governor General’s Leadership Conference in 2004.
In addition to his work for the BC government, he also frequently facilitates
courses at the University
of British Columbia’s
Centre for Intercultural Communication.
Supported by the
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, the United States
Department of State, and a core group of private sector partners, the
Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program attempts to build mutual understanding and
promote a deeper and more nuanced knowledge of Canada-US relations by
supporting research on contemporary public policy issues relevant to Canada, the
United Sates, and the relationship between the two countries.
Recognized as one of
the world’s foremost educational exchange programs, the Fulbright Program is
active in over 150 countries worldwide. The Canada-US Fulbright Program offers
a wide range of exchange opportunities. For more information, please visit www.fulbright.ca.
Amy J. Harvey, Senior Program
Officer, The Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program
(613) 688-5512, firstname.lastname@example.org