2014 Fall Quarter Colloquium Series

Every quarter BPRI hosts a colloquium series which brings together Western Washington University, policy makers, and the broader community to explore and engage in critical cross-border issues.

"The Thin Green Line"

Wednesday, October 1

Eric de Place from Sightline Institute will speak about energy market and the development of fossil fuel infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest. This event is co-sponsored by Fairhaven College. Location: Fairhaven College Auditorium.

"Future Bilateral Trade Scenarios and Their Implications for Border Infrastructure"

Friday, November 7, 12:00-1:00

Professors Steven Globerman and Paul Storer will present findings from a BPRI funded research project on changes in North American trade patterns and transportation infrastructure at land ports of entry along the U.S.- Canada border. Location: Canada House.

"Resilient Economy, Resilient Communities"

Monday, November 17, **NEW TIME** 10:00-11:00

Washington State Representative Gael Tarleton will share perspectives on how we sustain open borders and expand trade with Canada while protecting the security of our people and communities. **New Location**: SMATE 150.


"Beyond NAFTA: Streamlining the Border to Strengthen North American Competitiveness"

May 15, 2014

With two decades of NAFTA behind us, and with the "Beyond the Border" agenda near the end of its phase-one timeline, the BPRI asked speakers to produce ideas about what should next be done in order to foster cross-border mobility. Speakers included Alan Bersin, Andrew Brown, Eduardo Baca-Cuenca, Matt Morrison, David Bradley, Chris Sands, and others.

"Beyond the Border: Making the Action Plan Work for You"

October 24, 2012

The BPRI assisted the Vancouver Board of Trade with a Forum in Vancouver, BC. Ross Distinguished Professor Christopher Sands gave the breakfast keynote address, Associate Director David Davidson presented a paper on border metrics, and Director Don Alper moderated a panel titled "The Border Action Plan: How Will It Improve the Border?"

"Beyond the Border" at Age One

February 10, 2012

In February 2011 President Obama and Prime Minister Harper issued the "Beyond the Border" Declaration, launching an initiative to enhance security and trade flow between the US and Canada. In December 2011 a jointly crafted Action Plan was released, identifying specific programs and processes designed to bring the "Beyond the Border" vision to life in the coming years. In this conference, the BPRI, in partnership with the Consulate General of Canada - Seattle, invited prominent scholars and policy professionals to discuss and assess the plan's implications and impact on Canada-US border management in the Pacific Northwest.

"Perimeter Security" Seminar

June 20, 2011

The BPRI and the Seattle Canadian Consulate General of Canada convened more than 40 academics, policy makers and US and Canadian Government officials in Seattle to discuss how border security is envisioned and managed. Presentations were made by experts on border issues, followed by lively discussion among academics, law enforcement officials, policy leaders and businesspersons. The focus of the seminar was the concept of 'Perimeter Security,' which is being explored by high level government teams recently established by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama, to strengthen trade between the two nations and improve continental security by pursuing smarter, more cooperative border policies.

BPRI Seminar at Woodrow Wilson Center

April 12, 2010

The BPRI hosted a seminar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. The seminar brought prominent scholars to D.C. to present practical policy recommendations about how to facilitate Canada - US trade. This event was a unique opportunity for federal policy-makers to have a dialogue with academia and to help steer the course of future research. Panelists included Chris Sands, Greg Anderson, William Anderson, Hugh Conroy, Kathryn Friedman, Paul Storer, Anne Goodchild, and David Davidson. Geoffrey Hale and Jason Ackleson were discussants.

"Border Challenges and Regional Solutions: 2010 Olympics and the Pacific Northwest Experience" Conference

February 24, 2009

The BPRI co-hosted a conference at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., in cooperation with the Canada Institute at Woodrow Wilson, the Canadian Embassy, and PNWER (the Pacific Northwest Economic Region). Information about the conference, including a video recording, is available at the Wilson Center's event web page.

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

January 12, 2009

The BPRI was co-host of a conference at San Diego State University in cooperation with ACSUS (the Association for Canadian Studies in the U.S.) and NACTS (the North American Center for Transborder Studies). Information about the conference, including the agenda, is available on the ACSUS website. See details on the event web page.

"North American and European Border Regions in Comparative Perspective: Markets, States, and Border Communities" Conference

January 12 - 15, 2008

The BPRI was co-host of the BRIT IX Conference with the University of Victoria. The conference theme was "North American and European Border Regions in Comparative Perspective: Markets, States, and Border Communities."

"Fostering Mobility at the BC/WA Border: Perimeter Clearance, WHTI, and Real ID" Conference

February 15, 2007

The BPRI hosted a conference titled "Fostering Mobility at the BC/WA Border: Perimeter Clearance, WHTI, and Real ID." The conference benefitted stakeholders involved in a formal effort by the governments of B.C. and Washington State to promote the use of driving licenses as an acceptable form of ID for the purpose of crossing the border.

Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative Roundtable

March 24, 2006

The BPRI hosted a "Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative Roundtable." A group of invited panelists from Washington State and Canada participated in a roundtable discussion with Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Rick Larsen regarding the impacts to people and businesses in this region that might result from implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. Jim Williams, Director of US-VISIT, Department of Homeland Security and Frank Moss, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Passport Services, Department of State attended the event to hear the concerns particular to the region.