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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