Recent Publications

The Columbia River Treaty Review: A Synopsis

Border Policy Brief, Vol. 9, No. 1

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.

The Pre-Inspection Pilot Test at Blaine: Field Data

Border Policy Brief, Vol. 8, No. 4

USCBP allowed our institute to gather field data during during phase 1 of the truck facilitation pilot projects launched pursuant to the "Beyond the Border Action Plan." This article summarizes our findings, and a more thorough discussion of our efforts can be found in a Technical Memorandum also posted on this website.

IMTC Passenger Vehicle Survey: Report of Interim Findings

Technical Memorandum

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.



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.


Conference: Beyond NAFTA: Thinning the Border

May 15, 2014

The BPRI is hosting a conference to discuss new ways to thin continental borders in order to enable North American competitiveness. Keynote speakers include Chris Sands and Alan Bersin (invited, looking promising!). 9:00 AM, VU565.


Colloquium: Stephanie Messa

April 24, 2014

Ms. Messa is a master's candidate at Huxley and the recipient of a BPRI Thesis Fellowship. She will discuss her research regarding resilience of cross-border environmental governance forums, such as the Abbotsford-Sumas Aquifer International Task Force. 12:15 PM, CF 231.


Thesis Fellowship

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.