International Journal, June 2012, Vol.67(2), pp.527-540
Where do we draw the line on the adage that "good fences make good neighbours?" The iconic Robert Frost verse is much quoted, but do longer, higher, barbed-wire, electrified, security-patrolled, and access-controlled fences make for still better neighbours? This question embodies the essence of current continuing tensions along the Canadian-US borders. The traditional "longest undefended cliche" is quickly becoming a 20th-century artefact with levels of security and proposals for much, much more than would have been conceivable a decade ago, before 11 September 2001. Admittedly, this circumstance would barely be recognized as a constraint, let alone a problem, throughout much of the world in historical or even current terms, where crossing a national border is a serious personal-political decision. (Try getting a visa to Russia or China if you want a lesson in bureaucratic frustration.) Nevertheless, due to the unique US-Canadian relationship, its recent evolution needs examination. Adapted from the source document.
History & Archaeology ; International Relations
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