Boodles, Boats, & Borders (Week 1 at work)


This week at the Canada Institute, I helped with a few one-pagers about Canada-U.S. relations for members of Congress on the following fascinating topics:

– Integrated Cross-border Maritime Law Enforcement Operations (ICMLEO), which has the much more memorable nickname “Shiprider


I can’t decide if I should give props to whoever decided not to go with an eagle-beaver-hybrid or be somewhat disappointed in them.

– Free and Secure Trade (FAST) and other pre-clearance programs for trans-border commercial drivers (all the acronyms make me feel like I’m back at IMSA, where the school paper was called The Acronym – Academy’s Choice Reading, One Newspaper for You and Me)

– Canadian Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) planned for patrolling the Northwest Passage


– United States Department of Homeland Security’s cyber security exercise called Cyber Storm. Canada can play, too (hello, Royal Military College cadets).

Recommended Reading for Canadianists Following Along at Home:

– Katherine Unterman. “Boodle over the Border: Embezzlement and the Crisis of International Mobility, 1880-1890.” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 11.2 (April 2012): 151-189. (links to a review of the article, but if you email  and ask nicely, she’ll send you the .pdf!) <– This has cartoons!

– Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness (2011) <– I didn’t notice any cartoons in this. :-(

I also read the Wilson Center style book and editorialized some content. Fun Fact: We use “US” as an adjective and “U.S.” as a noun (United States). That is going to come in handy in my dissertation for sure!

All in all, it is an educational (and balmy 90F) week!

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