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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.

Saltwater Neighbors: The Law and Politics of the Canada-U.S. Ocean Relationship

Despite unresolved maritime boundaries and ongoing navigational issues on all three coasts (Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic), Canada and the United States have maintained a cooperative and peaceful ocean relationship, argued Ted McDorman, professor of law at the University of Victoria, and current Fulbright-Woodrow Wilson Center Visiting Research Chair in Canada-United States Relations. McDorman's presentation, hosted by the Canada Institute on April 10, provided an opportunity for him to discuss his research examining maritime legal disputes between Canada and the United States with U.S.

The Outlook for Canada-U.S. Defense Cooperation

Capt(N) Richard Bergeron, Canadian Forces, Co-Director, Bi-National Planning Group.
CAPT. Pamela McClune, United States Navy, Co-Director (Acting), Bi-National Planning Group.
Joseph T. Jockel, Director, Canadian Studies Program, St. Laurence University, and Visiting Professor, Canadian Forces College.
Col. (Ret.) John Orr, Research Fellow, Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, Dalhousie University

Border Security: The High Stakes for Canada and the United States in the 21st Century

The Canada Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Toronto Board of Trade co-hosted a luncheon panel with the Hon. John Manley and Gov. Tom Ridge. The luncheon panel was co-sponsored by the Canada Institute on North American Issues (CINAI). Each panelist discussed the new security environment since 9/11, the resulting cross-border security implications, and major current and future problems to securing our shared border.

Threat Perceptions in Canada and the United States

The Canada Institute held a conference at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. on November 10, 2005 to launch the fourth issue of the One Issue, Two Voices publication series, which addresses "Threat Perceptions in the United States and Canada."

Karlyn Bowman, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Frank L. Graves, President, EKOS Research Associates Inc.
Gavin I. Cameron, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Calgary

BorderLines Toronto

BorderLines Toronto: Fostering Prosperity in North American City Regions

Presented by:
Ideas that Matter
The Centre for Research and Information on Canada, Canadian Unity Council
The Canada Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
The Canada Institute on North American Issues

Opening remarks
Alan Broadbent, Chair, Avana Capital Corporation

Promise and Peril: Canada-U.S. Trade Policy

Despite ten years of relative success of NAFTA and the WTO, the commitment to free trade faces renewed threats in both Canada and the United States. Panelists at this event on bilateral trade policy discussed the impact of trade on the two countries, focusing specifically on two questions: (i) what lessons can Canada and the United States incorporate from each other's trade policy? (ii) What do Canada and the United States still need to learn about competitiveness to make free trade successful and sustainable in the future?

Participants in the panel included:

Dispersed Relations: Americans, Canadians, and North America's Perforated Border

Reginald Stuart opened with a recurring question he had heard in Washington. "How are Canada–U.S. relations?" His response, "A little more everyday ... but a better answer is, it depends on what you are talking about."