David V. Aguilar,
Friday, February 7, 2014
MPI Conference Room
In an ideal world, secure borders would ensure that legal flows of commerce and travelers could move unimpeded across borders, while unwanted movements—of terrorists, drugs, weapons, other contraband, and unauthorized migrants—were blocked. Given that there is no single policy tool that alone can achieve this result, governments must deploy an often elusive mix of policies and programs, depending on the context. In North America, all three countries have struggled to strengthen the border post-9/11 while balancing economic, political, humanitarian, and security concerns. New policies and methods deployed in this effort, including dramatically new technology, have generated a number of challenges and controversies. These same innovations have also brought opportunities for improved security and increased regional cooperation in working toward shared goals.
This panel discussion will offer perspectives on border policy management from leading officials in the Canadian, Mexican, and U.S. governments, and will showcase MPI’s newest publication, Managing Borders in an Increasingly Borderless World. Book co-editors Randall Hansen and Demetrios G. Papademetriou will cover the volume’s findings on the continuing and evolving challenges in border management and security—terrorism, organized crime, illegal migration, smuggling, trafficking, human rights, infrastructure, corruption, and economic and political factors—and offer an analysis of effective and ineffective policies and programs.
Please join us for this discussion focusing on North American experiences with the challenges and successes these governments have had in pursuing better, more effective, and smarter border controls and on the deepening regional cooperation in this important policy area.