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International Affairs

Borders: Indispensable or Obsolete?

Date: 7:30pm PDT April 10, 2017 Location: Templeton Campus Center

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Templeton Campus Center

Borders have always been a defining feature of modern states. In a globalized world, however, these boundaries are a contentious issue. Do borders protect citizens of today’s states as an essential security measure? Or are they an antiquated hindrance that remain only to prevent the flow of international migration?


Pete Hoekstra currently serves as the Senior Shillman Fellow with the Investigative Project on Terrorism and has written and spoken extensively on intelligence, national security, and border protection. He formerly served as Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Michigan’s 2nd Congressional District from 1993 to 2011.

Shikha Dalmia is a journalist and senior analyst at the Reason Foundation. She focuses on issues surrounding border control and immigration as a columnist at The Week and The Washington Examiner, and also contributes regularly to The Wall Street Journal, Reason Magazine, USA Today, and several other publications.

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