In May 2001 the Forum, in partnership with the Argentine youth organization Conciencia and the Canadian Embassy in Argentina, hosted a conference on federalism for Argentine youth in Buenos Aires. The conference focused on three key themes: regionalism, education and ethnic diversity. The themes were examined within the context of federalism, and more precisely from the vantage point of how federalism can mitigate tensions that can arise in geographically vast and diverse countries such as Argentina. Several Argentine government officials participated in conference roundtables and plenary sessions, including the Argentine Minister of the Interior. StÃ©phane Dion, the Canadian Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, provided the closing address for the conference.