On May 15, 2014, the BPRI hosted a conference titled "Beyond NAFTA: Streamlining the Border to Strengthen North American Competitiveness." With two decades of NAFTA behind us, and with the "Beyond the Border" agenda near the end of its phase-one timeline, speakers were asked to produce ideas about what should next be done in order to foster cross-border mobility. This document is a summary of the main suggestions voiced during the event.
Lengthy queues still exist at the Cascade Gateway crossings, despite many post-9/11 investments. This article proposes a regional pilot project that would place RFID-enabled passport cards into the hands of about 75,000 Canadians. Various evidence shows that such a pilot would lead to greatly diminished border queues, at a relatively low cost.
A regional review of the Columbia River Treaty has been ongoing for over two years, with autumn 2014 the first point at which either party has the option of signaling its intent to terminate the Treaty in 2024. This article provides an overview of the Columbia Basin, the effect of the Treaty, and the stances of regional entities toward the future of the Treaty.
Housed at Western Washington University, the Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI) is a multi-disciplinary institute that undertakes research that informs policy-makers on matters related to the Canada - U.S. border. Priority focus areas are trade and transportation, economics, environment, immigration, and border security. The University established the BPRI to further a mission of promoting research, academic programs, and public programming on critical policy issues affecting the Pacific Northwest. The BPRI works closely with cognate programs at the University and collaborates with many public and private entities within the Pacific Northwest.
Don Alper and Laurie Trautman both spoke at PNWER's annual summit in Whistler, BC addressing border issues related to more efficient crossings and tourism travel across international boundaries.
Laurie Trautman, Ph.D., joined the BPRI as its new Associate Director, replacing David Davidson.
The BPRI sponsors one or more Thesis Fellows each year. A Fellow receives a full graduate stipend and tuition support for one quarter, as well as $500 to be used toward research supplies or travel. Graduate students enrolled at Western and pursuing thesis research related to the BPRI's mission are eligible to apply. Applications for a fellowship may be submitted at any time.