North American Border Policy


Publicity Poster 

North American Perspectives on Borders and Security: Developing a Policy Narrative

The Association for Canadian Studies in the United States

In partnership with

The North American Center for Transborder Studies (NACTS), Arizona State University, and the Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI), Western Washington University

January 12, 2009

San Diego State University, Aztec Center, Casa Real

North American Perspectives on Borders and Security: Developing a Policy Narrative is a forthcoming workshop organized by the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS), the North American Center for Transborder Studies (NACTS), Arizona State University,and the Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI), Western Washington University.

The workshop will take place at San Diego State University on January 12, 2009.  Although the issues facing the US-Mexico and US-Canada borders are not the same, border policy in all three countries has been, and will increasingly be shaped by the same forces:

  • security politics,
  • deepening economic integration 
  • ecological changes

Our overarching objective is to move from theory to application by establishing a framework or structure linking the academic and policy communities. Papers will present a clear perspective on the topic which articulates a deliverable approach that translates clearly into policy. Papers will  (1) approach border studies from a North American perspective; (2) address policy issues dealing with borders such as border security, environment, food safety, infrastructure and transportation, etc.

The workshop is intended to generate a diverse dialogue between a dozen or so scholars and policy practitioners. Our goal is to elicit many contrasting perspectives and presentations in order to generate a provocative and speculative discussion.

The workshop will be organized to accommodate strong representation from the policy community in order to stimulate an interchange of ideas between all sides. This is intended to be a policy relevant exercise in establishing North American border policy best practices.

Accommodation is available at the Westin Gaslamp. To secure the special group rate, reserve your room here

PROGRAM * see below for pre-progam event with CanDiego

Videos of each presentation will be available in the CIGI Portal for North America multimedia library. CIGI/PNA



Welcoming Remarks:

Nancy Marlin, Provost of San Diego State University

Carl Hartill, Consul, Canadian Consulate General Los Angeles

Patrick James, President, ACSUS

Rick Van Schoik, Director, NACTS, ASU

Don Alper, Director, BPRI, WWU 


Chair: Doug Nord, Western Washington University/ ACSUS

  • Collaborative Research on Transboundary Water Resources, Christopher Brown, New Mexico StateUniversity
  • The News Media and North American Border Security: When Policies are not Fully Covered, Manuel Chavez,Michigan State University

BREAK 10-10:30



Chair: Donald Alper, WesternWashingtonUniversity/ BPRI

  • Pan American border security research in comparative perspectives,  Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, University ofVictoria 
  • Beyond Borders and Bridges—Border Security and Management in a Fragmented North America, Geoffrey Hale, University of Lethbridge

Charles S. Smith, U.S. Consulate General, Tijuana  

LUNCH 12:30-2:00


Mario Orso, Corridor Project Director, Trade Corridor Improvement Fund
(TCIF) & Mark Baza, Project Manager, TCIF 



Chair: Patrick James, University of Southern California/ ACSUS

  • Thick Borders and the Challenge of Policy Co-ordination Post-Bush, Daniel Drache, York University
  • A Discourse Pattern for Developing a Policy Narrative on North American Borders, Victor Konrad, Carleton University / Western Washington University
  • A Policy Perspective on a Common Continental Approach to Border Security, Stephen Clarkson, University ofToronto

BREAK 3:30-4



Chair: D. Rick Van Schoik, Arizona  State University/ NACTS

  • BPRI Border performance paper, Donald Alper & DavidDavidson, Western Washington University
  • NACTS Border performance paper, Rick Van Schoik,Arizona State University

Sukumar Periwal, Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat Office of the Premier, Government of British Columbia



Chair/Commentator: Alan F.J Artibise, Executive Dean & Executive Director, Institute for Social Science Research, ArizonaState University

Public/private sector Participants: Sukumar Periwal, Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat, Office of the Premier, Government of British Columbia / Charles S. Smith,U.S. Consulate General, Tijuana / Carl Hartill, Canadian Consulate General Los Angeles / Sean Barr, Canadian Consulate San Diego / Victoria Nelson, Canadian Consulate San Diego /Sreemoyi Sanyal, Canadian Consulate San Diego  / Michael Hawes, Canada-US Fulbright Program 


RECEPTION Sponsored by the Government of Canada

SDSU Faculty-Staff Club,    Aztec Center

Speaker: Carl Hartill, Consul for Political, Economic Relations and Public Affairs, Canadian Consulate General Los Angeles

* CanDiego has organized a social networking hour at 6pm on Sunday, January 11 at the following location:

Osetra Watergrill
904 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

Program Co-Chairs:

Rick van Schoik, Director, North American Center for Transborder Studies, Arizona State University,

Don Alper, Director, Border Policy Research Institute, Western Washington University,


Plase consult the following maps. if you are arriving by taxi, click here (pdf). If you are driving, click here (pdf). Note: a parking permit will be required.  


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