Globalization and the Future of Border Control

January 01, 2000


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The purpose of the "Globalization and the Future of Border Control Project" is to stimulate and inform policy debate about the means and ends of border control in the new millennium. This paper argues that traditional practices are doomed to fail. Absent reform, we can expect a significant rise within the United States and throughout the Caribbean Basin of customs and immigration violations, corruption, organized crime, weapons and drugs smuggling, and terrorism.

Stephen E. Flynn

Founding director of Northeastern University's Global Resilience Institute and former CFR fellow

What is needed is an approach that focuses on regulating the regional transportation and logistics networks at large vice one that continues to rely primarily on inspections at individual national points of entry. Specifically, three things must be done: (1) commercial actors must be encouraged to embrace more vigorous security practices within these networks, (2) the capacity for appropriate authorities to monitor the international flows of goods and people must be improved, and (3) states must provide incentives for greater public-private cooperation by reducing physical and procedural barriers to transborder movements for shippers, carriers, and forwarders who comply with the new guidelines.

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