Laura Dawson

Laura Dawson, PhD has more than fifteen years’ experience providing advice to government officials on trade and economic issues in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Russia and CIS, and China.

Laura Dawson is the President of Dawson Strategic and provides advice to business on cross border trade, market access and regulatory issues. Previously, she served as senior advisor on U.S. Canada economic affairs at the United States Embassy in Ottawa. As a specialist in U.S.-Canada economic relations, Dawson contributed to the launch of the U.S. Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council, the Border Vision Strategy, and the bilateral Government Procurement Agreement. She is a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a Senior Fellow at the Macdonald Laurier Institute conducting research in North American competitiveness, supply chains and energy policy. Dawson taught international trade, Canada-U.S. relations and policy analysis at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and holds a PhD.

Most Recent Posts

Dawson: How should the U.S. respond to the attacks on diplomatic personnel in Benghazi and Cairo?

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September 12, 2012

Being an American diplomat abroad is one of the most difficult and dangerous professions in the world. Hours after the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Public Affairs Officer Sean Smith, and two others, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released a statement that articulates her country’s commitment to continued efforts in Libya: “The mission that drew […]

Dawson: Should Canada cut ties with the monarchy and become a republic?

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June 11, 2012

Does Canada lose international credibility because of ties to the monarchy that are more nostalgic than practical? I used to believe my American friends when they said this, then I caught them all watching the Will and Kate royal wedding last summer. It’s a fine balance. Not important to me but for an older generation […]

Dawson: Will Obama be successful in convincing Netanyahu not to strike Iran?

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March 5, 2012

The messages coming from both Israel and the United States are clear. Netanyahu has signalled a willingness to attack Iran should diplomacy fail to rein in its nuclear program. Obama is urging patience in order to allow tough economic sanctions to work. On June 28, US will impost sanctions on foreign banks facilitating Iran’s oil […]