Border Security Events
September 21, 2012 // 9:00am — 5:00pm
Using a comparative approach to incorporate research initiatives into a global context can make a significant contribution to the current understanding of migration. In partnership with the Social Science Research Council, the Kennan Institute will host leading specialists on migration issues from Russia and the United States to discuss their most recent work, as well as share preliminary findings from research supported by the National Science Foundation. This research was conducted as part of the MINERVA initiative grant “People, Power, and Conflict in the Eurasian Migration System,” led by Cynthia Buckley, Beth Mitchneck, and Blair Ruble.
September 19, 2012 // 2:00pm — 4:00pm
Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, many American policymakers have grown increasingly concerned about terrorists or terrorist materials being smuggled into the United States from Canada. The myth that the 9/11 hijackers arrived in the United States through Canada contributed to the passage of laws that have increased the “thickness” of the border and hindered trade in the name of collective security. Do these rules safeguard against the true vectors of North American extremism? The Canada Institute’s “Terror and North America: The Causes and Directions of Cross-Border Extremist Activity” will examine how and why extremists travel between Canada and the United States, what effect these crossings have on our national security, and what possible policy solutions exist to better police the border.
July 26, 2012 // 10:00am — 11:30am
To strengthen the world’s largest trading relationship, President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the Regulatory Cooperation Council Action Plan on December 7, 2011. The Action Plan lays out clear goals designed to enhance the already integrated economies and supply chains of Canada and the United States, aiming to align rules and regulations in four key sectors: agriculture and food, health and consumer products, transportation, and the environment. More importantly, the Action Plan set a two year timeframe to achieve greater alignment. Six months ago, the United States and Canada met with stakeholders over two days to solicit input for the 29 sector-specific initiatives. Co-Sponsored with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
July 16, 2012 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Bedeviled by chronic food shortages, facing a current drought that will exacerbate that situation, and subject to dislocation due to conflict between various rebel movements, the civilian population of the Sahel is in a state of extreme vulnerability.
July 12, 2012 // 9:00am — 12:00pm
As traditional oil supplies dwindle across the globe, demand for Arctic energy will increase exponentially. In order to navigate the numerous Arctic challenges, energy companies must assess community impact, social issues, local benefits and concerns in addition to applying the latest technology to reduce the environmental risks to ensure the productive and responsible extraction of Arctic energy resources.
July 09, 2012 // 1:00pm — 2:00pm
To strengthen the world’s largest trading relationship and enhance the security of Americans and Canadians alike, President Obama and Prime Minister Harper announced the Beyond the Border Action Plan on December 7, 2011. The Action Plan lays out clear goals designed to facilitate the $1 trillion in trade and investment that travels between the United States and Canada every year. In addition to trade promotion, the Action Plan aims to further integrate and enhance our joint ability to protect ourselves from the threats of terrorism, drug smuggling, gun running, human trafficking, and other criminal activity.
June 14, 2012 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Stretching 5,525 miles, the Canada-United States border is the longest international boundary in the world. Every day, border officers from both nations inspect about a billion dollars in trade and hundreds of thousands of people in order to interdict harmful goods and persons at our shared crossing. However, the agencies in charge of the border and customs only have primary jurisdiction along the band that makes up the international boundary. Outside of that area, border security is left to other federal, state, and provincial police forces.
May 09, 2012 // 3:30pm — 5:30pm
Spotlight on Central Eurasia Series // Authors and scholars Alexander Cooley and Alexander Kupatadze discuss their research into the interplay of geopolitics and local networks across Central Asia. Cooley explores the dynamics of the new competition between Russia, China and the United States over the region since 9/11, as well as how small states’ interaction with great powers advances our understanding of how world politics actually works in the contemporary era of diminishing Western influence and rising new regional powers. Author Alexander Kupatadze will discuss the diverging trajectories of organized crime in post-Soviet Eurasia focusing on professional criminals (so-called vory-v-zakone) in Georgia and drug smuggling groups in Kyrgyzstan.
April 06, 2012 // 9:00am — 10:30am
Spotlighting Latino migrants in the South, Living “Illegal” humanizes an issue too frequently distorted by media oversimplification. Both journalistic narrative and policy white paper, the book suggests constructive ways to transcend the legal-vs.-illegal shouting match.
March 23, 2012 // 9:00am — 10:30am
Latin American Program
General Douglas Fraser discusses international efforts to tackle the complex challenge of organized crime and restore citizen security in Central and South America.