Mar 25

Past Event

Toward a Better Border: The United States and Canada

Event Materials



  • Janet Napolitano

    Napolitano says the border between United States and Canada must be respected and that officials need to share ideas about infrastructure, trade and security.

  • Janet Napolitano

    The two neighbors take different approaches to maintaining border security, Napolitano says, adding that it''s important that each country understand those differences.

  • Janet Napolitano

    Napolitano says work is underway on making the U.S.-Canadian border more technologically advanced and capable of meeting future security needs.


Canada and the United States are each other’s largest trading partner, and approximately 400,000 businesspeople, tourists, truckers and regular commuters cross the border daily.

On March 25, the Metropolitan Policy Program hosted a discussion to help shed light on the evolving security and economic challenges associated with the U.S.-Canada border and to examine recommendations for improving border policy. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano delivered the keynote address.

The event was hosted by the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings and the Canadian International Council, in cooperation with: the Great Lakes Metropolitan Chambers of Commerce; the Council of Great Lakes Industries; and the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University.

View conference agenda » (PDF)

Conference paper draft : "Toward a New Frontier: Improving the U.S.-Canadian Border," by Christopher Sands » (PDF)  


March 25, 2009

8:30 AM - 3:30 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


For More Information

Lael Harris

(202) 797-3514