Borders have a long history of determining how countries interact with one another politically, economically and socially. Border management policies have dramatically gained importance as countries and regions integrate at accelerated rates. Through these policies, decision-makers have the power to promote or hinder the social and economic development of neighboring countries and regions. In addition, national policies also have significant local implications that impact the daily lives of people living in border regions.
The current borders in the Americas are the result of historical events such as wars, colonization and negotiation. Today some border regions enjoy political and economic stability while others are areas of tension and controversy.
This panel, which is part of the Americas Project 2011 Colloquium, brings together three experts to discuss sovereignty and territorial disputes, socioeconomic challenges driving migration, and transnational organized crime along porous borders. Throughout the course of the colloquium, this year"s Americas Project participants -- 15 young leaders from different countries across the hemisphere -- will engage in a series of roundtable discussions about these timely and critical topics while sharing unique insights from their broad range of professional and cultural backgrounds.