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U of T experts to shed light on new border deal

January 26, 2012

TORONTO, ON – A group of leading University of Toronto experts in Canada-US relations will provide insight into the proposed border agreement between the two nations at Beyond the Border, a panel event taking place at University College on February 1 at 5:00 p.m.

The new deal on bilateral trade and security has been called the most important of its kind since the North American Free Trade Agreement. Others describe the Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness Action Plan, announced by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and US President Barack Obama on December 7, 2011, as “incremental and hypothetical.”

Debating the implications of the deal for border relations, economic integration, and security are:

  • Stephen Clarkson, Professor of Political Economy and author, (with Matto Mildenberger), Dependent America? How Canada and Mexico Construct US Power;
  • Emily Gilbert, Professor of Geography, Director of Canadian Studies, and author, “Borders and Security in North America”;
  • John Kirton, Professor of Political Science and Director, G8 Research Group;
  • Audrey Macklin, Professor, Faculty of Law, and author, “The State of Law’s Borders and the Law of States’ Borders”; and
  • Kent Roach, Professor, Faculty of Law, and author, September 11: Consequences for Canada.


Elspeth Brown, Professor of History and Director, Centre for the Study of the United States, will moderate the discussion, which is open to the public.

The event is co-sponsored by University College Canadian Studies program and the Centre for the Study of the United States at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

WHAT:  Beyond the Border – panel event

WHEN: February 1, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

WHERE:  University College, University of Toronto

                  15 King’s College Circle, Room 140


For further information, please visit or contact:

Yvonne Palkowski
Communications Officer, University College  | (416) 978-3160