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A complex reality: Security, trade, and the U.S.-Mexico border

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A complex reality: Security, trade, and the U.S.-Mexico border - Part 1

Questions about the security of U.S. borders and effectiveness of U.S. border controls have been compounded by recent events in Europe and migration from Central America. However, political rhetoric obscures the complexity of North American border relations, which are actually dominated by the growth of beneficial and legal cross-border trade and travel.

On March 16, Foreign Policy at Brookings’s Latin America Initiative and Americas Society/Council of the Americas co-hosted a two-panel discussion exploring how new policies for the U.S.-Mexico border can balance the benefits of a continued rise of legal travel and trade with the simultaneous need for Mexico and the United States to work collaboratively to improve border security. 

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Panel 1: Modernizing the U.S.-Mexico border


Eric Farnsworth

Vice President - Americas Society and Council of the Americas

Panel 2: Economic and security trends on the U.S.-Mexico border

Harold Trinkunas

Former Brookings Expert

Interim Co-Director and Senior Research Scholar, Center for International Security and Cooperation - Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University


Chappel Lawson

Associate Professor - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Concluding remarks

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