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When Thinking About Border Security, Should the U.S. Look North?

April 3, 2014

Cross-border smuggling and border vulnerabilities on the tribal lands that straddle New York, Quebec, and Ontario are not new, but there is now increasing evidence linking the illicit tobacco network to terrorist funding, organized crime networks, and illegal movements of narcotics, weapons, and people.

A recent conference hosted by the Wilson Center’s Canada Institute brought together First Nations leaders, subject-matter specialists, and government officials to conduct one of the first dialogues on bi-national contraband to be held in the United States. We spoke to three of the participants to learn more about concerns and the complexities involved in finding solutions.

About the Guests

Laura Dawson, President, Dawson Strategic
Rear Admiral Michael Parks, Former Commander, 9th Coast Guard District, U.S. Coast Guard
District Chief Brian David, Chief for Economic Development and Justice, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne


Hosted By

Canada Institute

Bound by common geopolitical interests and strong economic and cultural ties, Canada and the United States enjoy the world's most successful bilateral relationship. The Wilson Center's Canada Institute is the only public policy forum in the world dedicated to the full spectrum of Canada-U.S. issues. The Canada Institute is a global leader for policymakers, academics and business leaders to engage in non-partisan, informed dialogue about the current and future state of the relationship.     Read more