Border Views: Konrad and Nicol’s Beyond Walls: Re-Inventing Canada-United States Borderlands (and Friday Wonky Fun!)

Border Views highlights books, treatises, or essays relevant to the Canada-U.S. bilateral relationship.

Today’s Border Views installment highlights Victor Konrad and Heather N. Nicol’s Beyond Walls:  Re-Investing the Canada-United States Borderlands (2008)–and comes with a bonus border policy game!

First, the (wonky) fun.  Konrad and Nicol offer a fun slide on how borderland theory treats power.

Reader challenge. Fill out the boxes in respect to the Canada-U.S. borderland.  (Note:  Trouble making out the boxes?  Click on the image for a better view.)

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The Resilient Canada-U.S. border?  And, of course, here’s one of the numerous nuggets of Canada-U.S. border insight Konrad and Nicol offer in Beyond Walls:

Beyond WallsThe shutdown shock of September 11 was thus to be replaced by a bigger problem, the problem of more vehicular traffic undergoing increasingly onerous border checks…

So even after September 11, 2001, even after borders had reopened for business, delays in commercial crossings were increasingly common.  In 2003, for example, over 60% of cross-border commercial traffic experiences delays anywhere from onto eight hours in length—the bulk of delays being one to two hours on average.  The increase in border crossings as a result of a growing continental trade was one reason for the delays, but attempts to monitor traffic more closely also took their toll.  If they had not noticed before, the sheer costs involved in increasing border scrutiny have forced Canadian and American authorities to pay attention.

…And, as always, after an initial slowdown in the wake of the 9/11 shock, the volume under control is increasing at an unprecedented rate.  In 2006, total trade between the two countries exceed $500 billion, up from the approximately $400 billion in the pre-9/11 period. 

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