Every quarter BPRI hosts events that bring together Western Washington University, policy makers, and the broader community to explore and engage in critical cross-border issues.

The Second Annual Paul Storer Memorial Lecture: Trump's Challenges to Canada

Thursday, October 19th, 4:00-5:30pm in Communications Facility 110, WWU

Dr. Gary Hufbauer of the Peterson Institute for International Economics will speak about the various trade and economic issues facing Canada under the Trump Administration. Dr. Hufbauer has served at the Council on Foreign Relations, Georgetown University, and the United States Treasury. He has written extensively on international trade, investment, and tax issues. He is coauthor of Bridging the Pacific: Toward Free Trade and Investment between China and the United States (2014), Global Warming and the World Trading System (2009), and NAFTA Revisited: Achievements and Challenges (2005) to name a few.


A Protectionist in the White House: TPP, NAFTA and Trade Policy in the Trump Administration

Monday, May 8th, 4:00-5:00pm in Parks Hall 441, WWU

Join Edward Alden of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), based in Washington, D.C., for a discussion on international trade policy under the Trump Administration. Mr. Alden is the author of the new book Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy, which focuses on the federal government's failure to respond effectively to competitive challenges on issues such as trade, currency, worker retraining programs, education, and infrastructure. In addition, Alden is the director of the CFR Renewing America publication series and coauthor of a recent CFR Discussion Paper "A Winning Trade Policy for the United States." Alden's previous book, The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration, and Security Since 9/11 was published in 2009. More information is available HERE

Migrants, Refugees, and Citizens: Some Hard Questions for Immigration Policy

Wednesday, May 3, 12:00-1:20 at the Fairhaven Auditorium, WWU

Immigration law scholar Hiroshi Motomura will discuss the nature of immigrants' rights, challenges to traditional perspectives on refugees, and how economic inequality between source and destination countries should influence policy. Hiroshi is the Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law. He is the author of two award-winning books: Immigration Outside the Law, and Americans in Waiting, and the co-author of two law school casebooks, one on immigration and citizenship, and the other on refugees and asylum. This event is co-sponsored with Fairhaven College's World Issues Forum.

The Changing Environment & The Columbia River Treaty

Wednesday February 22 at Northwest Indian College & Thursday, February 23 at WWU

This 2 day symposium is co-hosted by Western Washington University and Northwest Indian College to bring together Tribal and First Nations leaders, government representatives, non-government organizations, academics, and private industry to address the modernization of the Columbia River Treaty. Symposium information, including recordings of presentations, is available HERE.

Read BPRI's Border Brief on the Columbia River Treaty Review .

Continuing International Trade during the Trump Administration

Friday, Jan. 13th, 12:00-1:00, Canada House

Join Dr. Chris Sands, Ross Distinguished Professor and Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, for a discussion of the future of international trade under the Trump presidency, with a particular focus on the relationship between Canada and the U.S.

Passenger Rail in Whatcom County

Saturday, October 8, 1:00-4:00, Viking Union 565

All Aboard Washington and Cascadia Academy join WWU in promoting alternative transportation with an exploration of increased passenger rail in Whatcom County. CLICK HERE for more details.

Cross-Border Trade Integration and Monetary Policy

Monday, September 26, 4:00pm, Communications Facility 115 Paul Storer Memorial Lecture

Human Rights at the Mexico - U.S. Border: A personal experience

Wednesday, May 18, 12:00-1:20, Fairhaven College Auditorium

Dr. Victor Clark Alfaro, director of the Binational Center for Human Rights and adjunct professor at the Center for Latin American Studies at San Diego State University, will speak about his experiences over the past 30 years working along the U.S. - Mexico border. This event is co-sponsored by the World Issues Forum at Fairhaven College.

The Fence & the Bridge: Geopolitics and Identity along the Canada - U.S. Border

Tuesday, May 10, 7:00-8:00, Village Books in Fairhaven & Wednesday, May 11, 2:00-2:50, Academic West 406

Dr. Heather Nicol from Trent University will speak about her recent book on the historical development of the Canada - U.S. border security relationship. In her book, Nicol argues that prominent security motifs, such as themes of free trade, illegal immigration, cross-border crime, and terrorism are not new, nor are they limited to the post-9/11 era. They have developed and evolved at different times and become part of a larger quilt, whose patches are stitched together to create a new fabric and design.

The Economic Impact of Cross-Border Retailing in Whatcom County

Tuesday, March 1, 12:00-1:00, Canada House

Senior Economics student Daniel Edgel presents the results of his honor's thesis, which examines trends in cross-border retail shopping. His observational analysis explores the factors that influence British Columbians to cross the border to shop, how significant same-day cross-border shoppers are to Whatcom County's economy, and the impact that changes in the exchange rate and U.S. domestic policy have on cross-border shopping and the local economy.

Upstream Development versus Downstream Risk on Transboundary Watersheds - The Taku, Stikine and Unuk rivers of north-west BC and south-east Alaska

Wednesday, January 13, 12:00-1:20

Anne Muter of Rivers Without Borders speaks to a World Issues Forum Class about cross-border collaboration on regional environmental issues.Transboundary water governance along the BC-Alaska border is at a crossroads. The rich ecological values of the Taku, Stikine and Unuk watersheds are threatened by multiple large mine proposals in the headwaters that pose a risk to fish, wildlife, habitat, and water quality and the livelihoods and cultures that depend on them. Organizations in Alaska are advocating for a referral to the International Joint Commission under the Boundary Waters Treaty. Taking a different approach, BC and Alaska recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The question remains how development in the headwaters of BC and risks in downstream Alaska can be effectively managed. Location: Fairhaven Auditorium.

Canada's Economy Event

Borders in the European Union

Monday, Oct 5, 12:00-12:50 (Brown bag lunch in Canada House) &

Tuesday, Oct 6, 10:00-11:00 (Academic Instructional West 302)

Fulbright scholar and Polish national Dr. Wojciech Michnik will host a brown bag lunch discussion focused on the continuing refugee and immigrant crisis in Europe.

Neighbors in the North: Canada, the U.S., and the Arctic Council

Thursday, May 14, 10:00-1:00

Experts from the U.S. and Canada discuss the transition of the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council from Canada to the U.S., occurring in April, 2015. Click Here for more information. Location: Viking Union 565.

Maintaining Walls: Re-Examining the Environmental and Social Impacts of the U.S. - Mexico Border Fence

Thursday, May 28, 4:00-5:00

Dr. Adriana Martinez will discuss recent research conducted in Eagle Pass, Texas that explores both the social and environmental impacts of the border fence. Co-hosted with Huxley College Speaker Series. Location: Communications Facility 120.

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.