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Our Shared Border: Success Stories in U.S.-Mexico Collaboration

Our Shared Border commends the extraordinary achievements of the four winners and eight finalists of the Border Research Partnership's 2011 Awards for U.S.-Mexico Cross-Border Cooperation and Innovation. These twelve projects represent the best of the U.S.-Mexico relationship, showing how collaboration and a sense of community make the border the place where our countries come together, rather than where they are divided.

Following the Money Trail in Central America: Money Laundering and Implications in Regional Security

On November 9, 2011 the Wilson Center's Latin American Program in collaboration with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation welcomed members of the Red Centroamericana de Pensamientos e Incidencia (laRED), a network of Central American research and policy organizations, to discuss their forthcoming paper, “Following the Money Trail in Central America: Money Laundering and Implications for Regional Security.” 

Donga Ilbo and Joongang Ilbo publish articles on inter-Korean relations in the 1970s based on NKIDP documents

Donga Ilbo and Joongang Ilbo published articles on the inter-Korean economic competition in the 1970s based on newly published NKIDP documents. Based on conversations former North Korean leader Kim Il Sung had with his Romanian and Bulgarian counterparts, the articles reveal Kim's mistaken belief that DPRK's economy would never be overtaken by that of the ROK.

The articles also feature details about troubles in Sino-DPRK relations during China's Cultural Revolution.  

Internships with the Canada Institute

The Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars seeks qualified, interns each semester with an interest in, coursework related to, or experience working on Canadian policy topics in an effort to promote the development of emerging leaders committed to the Canada-U.S. bilateral relationship. 

Criminal Organizations and Illicit Trafficking within Guatemala’s Border Communities

Earlier this year, in May, dozens of gunmen entered a farm in Guatemala’s Petén region, murdering and decapitating 27 people.  Guatemalan authorities blamed the Zetas, a violent Mexican drug trafficking cartel increasingly active in Guatemala and other parts of Central America.

Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Hope M. Harrison was featured in The Washington Post

Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Hope M. Harrison was featured in The Washington Post discussing the 50th anniversary of the American/Soviet showdown at Checkpoint Charlie—an incident that some feared would trigger nuclear war. “The construction of the wall was largely an East German initiative,” Harrison said at a conference hosted by  The National Declassification Center at the National Archives, in partnership with the Historical Review Program of the CIA.

Border deal could save businesses $30B a year, says Minister Fast

Clearing up restrictions that clog the Canada-U.S. border could save businesses in both countries as much as $30 billion a year, according to Canada's minister of international trade.

That's the key to the first phase of a Canada-U.S. perimeter security deal now being negotiated, Ed Fast said during an appearance on CTV's Question Period Sunday morning.

"We would like to see something passed quickly," Fast said. "The cost to Canadians and Americans alike of current barriers across our border are estimated at $15-to-30-billion a year."