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Border management was a unique and perennial challenge for the continent long before the start of the pandemic. Differing security considerations, geographies, and domestic politics, among other factors, contribute to creating relationships to each border that vary in important ways.

Yet, in spite of these differences, sound border management that facilitates legitimate commerce and travel is in the shared interest of Canada, Mexico, and the United States alike. Strengthening the points of connection between the countries is and will remain, fundamental to strengthening North American ties.

This essay is part of the series, "Strengthening North American Ties - A Must For Competitiveness," by the Wilson Center's Mexico and Canada Institutes. 

About the Author

Mark Agnew

Mark Agnew

Senior Vice President, Policy and Government Relations, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Mexico Institute

The Mexico Institute seeks to improve understanding, communication, and cooperation between Mexico and the United States by promoting original research, encouraging public discussion, and proposing policy options for enhancing the bilateral relationship. A binational Advisory Board, chaired by Luis Téllez and Earl Anthony Wayne, oversees the work of the Mexico Institute.   Read more

Canada Institute

Bound by common geopolitical interests and strong economic and cultural ties, Canada and the United States enjoy the world's most successful bilateral relationship. The Wilson Center's Canada Institute is the only public policy forum in the world dedicated to the full spectrum of Canada-U.S. issues. The Canada Institute is a global leader for policymakers, academics and business leaders to engage in non-partisan, informed dialogue about the current and future state of the relationship.     Read more