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Border Security

Is the Border Broken? Rethinking the Conventional Wisdom

Does border enforcement prevent terrorism? How effectively does it reduce contraband trafficking? To what extent should corresponding investments in physical barriers, technology, and personnel, which have been massive in the past ten years, be directed elsewhere besides the southwestern border? If not terrorists and other national security risks, who is being stopped at the southwestern border? And do the apprehensions of economic migrants from Latin America, who represent the vast majority of apprehensions, improve national security or are they instead distractions from true threats?

Border Security Challenges After 9/11: A Conversation With Three Commissioners of U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Co-sponsored with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection History Department

Commissioner Alan Bersin of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) joins former commissioners Robert Bonner and Ralph Basham in a discussion of border security since 9/11. This roundtable, facilitated by Professor Bruce Hoffman of Georgetown University, will examine how the federal government consolidated border security into one CBP in 2003 and how threats to the nation’s homeland have evolved over the last decade.

Securing North America: A Discussion of the Canada First Defense Strategy

Lieutenant-General Walter Semianiw, Commander of Canada Command

Northern Border Crime and Terror Networks: Fact or Fiction?

Christian Leuprecht, associate professor, Royal Military College of Canada

Todd Hataley, Queen's University's Centre for International and Defence Policy

Erin Miller, the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)

Gary Ackerman, the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)

Hannah Meyers, Yale University

The DRC Training Initiative

Initiative pour un Leadership Cohésif en RDC/DRC Leadership Training Initiative

Southeast Asia: A New Security Arena Takes Shape

Over the past three decades, Washington has arguably overlooked the international strategic importance of Southeast Asia more than any other region. Nevertheless, according to Marvin Ott, adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar, the prevalent mood governing relations in Southeast Asia, and Asia in general, is one of intense realpolitik, and deserves American attention. Interstate politics in Asia are beset by mutual suspicion, rivalry, and the search for security above all else.