Highlighted Publications

Modernizing the Columbia River Treaty

Border Policy Brief, Spring 2017

This Border Brief describes findings from a two day symposium co-hosted by WWU and Northwest Indian College in February, 2017. The event brought together tribal and First Nations leaders, government representatives, non-government organizations, academics, and private industry to discuss the modernization of the Columbia River Treaty (CRT). The symposium addressed a range of issues with the overarching goal of advancing the CRT negotations. The lead negotiating team from the U.S. Department of State and representatives from Global Affairs Canada were in attendance at the symosium.

Land-Based Freight Flows Between the U.S. and its NAFTA Neighbors

Border Policy Brief, Fall 2016

The value of land-based freight flows between the U.S. and its NAFTA neighbors has important implications for both border management policies and infrastructure priorities. This Border Brief uses 2015 data to asses the value of imports and exports that flow across our northern and southern borders, as well as the commodity mix at some of the busiest land ports-of-entry.

Passenger Preclearance in the Pacific Northwest

Border Policy Brief, Spring 2016

Passenger preclearance for U.S. bound travelers currently exists only in the air mode. However, the Preclearance Agreement signed in March, 2015 authorizes expansion to the land, marine, and rail modes. This Border Brief highlights rail and marine locations in the Pacific Northwest that will be affected by the Preclearance Agreement, and monetizes some of the benefits accrued to both travelers and operators if preclearance is implemented.



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, academics, 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 throughout the region.

News & Events

Cross-Border Research Fellowship Launched

The BPRI is pleased to announce a new Cross-Border Research Fellowship opportunity, in conjuction with the Borders in Globalization Project at the University of Victoria. This joint appointment between two universities with established border studies programs offers a unique opportunity for both policy professionals and academics to conduct cross-border, policy-relevant research in the Cascadia border region. Application deadline is December 15, 2017. CLICK HERE for more details or to apply.

NAFTA Modernization Survey

The process for renegotiating NAFTA has officially commenced. BPRI is working with PNWER on a NAFTA Modernization Survey that will help inform Congress on regional recommendations for an updated NAFTA. The link to the survey is available HERE.


Cross-Border Research Fellowship

We are currently accepting applications for a joint Cross-Border Research Fellowship with the University of Victoria. The fellowship is open to both academics and policy professionasl. Application deadline is December 15, 2017. CLICK HERE for more details or to apply.

BPRI Graduate Research Fellowship

Every academic year, the BPRI offers a Graduate Research Fellowship to a Masters student for up to 3 quarters. Please contact us for more information.