The "Beyond the Border" effort includes a goal of deploying wait-time systems at the 20 busiest crossings, but progress has been slow. Meanwhile, a system has been active at the Cascade Gateway for over a decade, and lessons related to that system's success could be of use in other regions.
In summer 2013 the BPRI collaborated with the Whatcom Council of Governments to interview 10,000+ drivers, seeking to understand travel patterns and purposes within the Cascade Gateway. Another round of interviews will be conducted in February 2014 in order to note seasonal differences, but this interim report provides much information gleaned from the summer interviews.
The Jay Treaty of 1794 established certain rights and benefits accruing to "American Indians born in Canada," now interpreted as Canadians with a 50% (or greater) native bloodline. This report explores the scope and nature of those rights/benefits in the post-9/11 era. The article also emphasizes the need to harmonize the often-competing goals of national security, efficient cross-border commerce, and preservation of indigenous culture, consistent with the intent of the Jay 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.
The binational Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference will take place in April/May 2014. Individual abstracts should be submitted by December 13.
The BPRI is now accepting applications for student Research Assistants. Download a detailed position description and application.
The BPRI invites submission of research proposals for the '14-'15 academic year. Any WWU faculty member with an employment agreement for that year is eligible to apply, and the submission deadline is January 6, 2014.
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.