Border and Port Security

Teaching Module

Teaching Notes: The Closing of the American Border

Author: Edward Alden

These teaching notes, by author and CFR Senior Fellow Edward Alden, feature discussion questions and additional projects for The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration, and Security Since 9/11. In this book, Mr. Alden examines the complicated interplay between the United States' need for homeland security and economic openness in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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Rigid immigration policy hurts U.S.

Author: Edward Alden
San Francisco Chronicle

Since 9/11 and the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. immigration policy has been focused mostly on keeping out those we don't want. In this San Francisco Chronicle op-ed, Edward Alden argues that this single-mindedness has come with a high cost to our economy and reputation in the world.

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The Great Wall of the United States

Author: Edward Alden
The Globe and Mail

The next Canadian government must try to nudge the next U.S. administration back to the spirit of the 2001 Smart Border accords, which attempted to balance security and commerce concerns. Edward Alden writes that rebuilding trust between the U.S. and Canada over border issues will be critical for both countries.

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