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UQAM Conference: Fences, Walls, and Borders: State of Insecurity? (Montréal)

International Conference at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
Tuesday, May 17th and Wednesday, May 18th 2011

Mixed Signals at the Border: The Future of U.S.-Canada Preclearance Programs

Kathryn Bryk Friedman, University at Buffalo

Anne Drost, Fasken Martineau

Larry Ehl, Washington State's Department of Transportation

Paul Haddow, Canadian Border Services Agency

Kirk Lanz, Booz Allen Hamilton

Kevin McAleenan, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

Ron Rienas, Peace Bridge Authority

Trilateral Security Cooperation in North America

Security cooperation in North America improves our capacity to respond to a variety of shared issues, said Vice Admiral A.B. Donaldson, commander of Canada Command at a conference hosted by the Canada Institute, Mexico Institute, and the Virginia Military Institute. The program brought together leaders from the government, military, and academia in a timely, tri-national discussion of North American security cooperation.

Border Challenges and Regional Solutions: 2010 Olympics and the Pacific Northwest Experience

The Woodrow Wilson Center's Canada Institute, in collaboration with the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER), the Canadian American Business Council, and Western Washington University's Border Policy Research Institute, held a conference on February 24, 2009, exploring how Northern border states and Canadian provinces are developing regional solutions to meet federal border mandates in a manner that balances efficiency, economic, and security objectives.

Cooperation at the Canada-U.S. Border: Confronting Challenges and Measuring Progress

Meeting the challenge of complying with the provisions of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) while maintaining the free-flow of goods, services, and people across the border, remains a daunting challenge for both the Canadian and U.S. governments. On Thursday, December 4, the Canada Institute hosted a meeting exploring how northern states and Canadian provinces have worked bilaterally to meet new U.S. travel requirements. The event featured a keynote luncheon with remarks from Stewart Baker, Assistant Secretary for Policy of the U.S. Department on Homeland Security.

Privacy at the Border: Expectations of Privacy and Security in the World's Largest Trading Relationship

Since 9/11, the United States and Canada have highlighted the need for increased measures to enhance border security. To this end, several initiatives are underway to develop sophisticated identification systems that would allow border officials to instantly access the identification information of those crossing the Canada-U.S. border. The development and implementation of such technology has raised concerns regarding the ability of federal officials in each country to ensure that this information remains secure.

People, Security and Borders: The Impact of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative on North America

Governments on both sides of the border have to think more critically about the type of infrastructure required to create a safer and more secure border, argued Donald Abelson, professor and chair of political science at the University of Western Ontario. Professor Abelson was joined by co-author Duncan Wood to discuss their recently published report, "People, Security, and Borders: The Impact of the WHTI on North American," at a conference hosted by the Canada Institute, in partnership with Accenture, the Canada-U.S.