For decades, the border between Canada and the United States has held the distinction of being the world’s longest undefended border. Because of this the Canadian and U.S. economies have been closely linked, with a steadily growing flow of goods and services going in both directions. However, the “hardening of the border” since September 11, 2001, has posed challenges to Canadian-U.S. trade.

So, how can the borders remain closed to terrorists but open to trade?

This the question discussed at recent conference hosted in part by the Center for International Business Studies at Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. The Homeland Security and Canada-U.S. Border Trade: Implications for Public Policy and Business Strategy conference was held October 25-26 at the Casino Windsor Hotel in Windsor, Ontario.

One hundred and twenty business executives, government officials, and academics attended the conference. It addressed bi-national dimensions of issues with the goal of greater cooperation between nations. The intent was for the private and public sectors to identify means of fully engaging the private sector in security efforts, initiate constructive policy action, and stimulate meaningful research.

For more information about the conference, please visit the website http://cibs.tamu.edu/border. You can also contact Kerry Cooper at 979-324-5939 or at kcooper@mays.tamu.edu or Kelly Murphrey at 979-739-4754.