Border Security in the Age of COVID-19: Series Introduction


Published: Winter 2021    |    By:  Arne Kislenko and Wesley Wark   |    Volume 69, No.1



The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly changed borders and how they function around the world. Over a series of essays from a diverse group of experts, Border Security in the Age of COVID-19 will address new challenges caused by geopolitical changes, closing borders, the emergence of new intrastate borders, changes in global health security regulations, migration pressures, the application of new technologies, new attention to supply chain integrity, the reshoring of production, and illicit financial flows across international borders. Addressing various aspects of border management in Canada and around the world, the project aims at presenting readers with both analysis and, ambitiously, some prescription.

About the Authors

Arne Kislenko is an Associate Professor with the Department of History at Ryerson University and an instructor in the International Relations programme at Trinity College, University of Toronto. He has won numerous teaching awards, including the prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowship.

Wesley Wark is currently a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, where he is co-directing a project on re-imagining Canadian national security for the 21st Century. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa and an instructor at the Centre on Public Management and Policy, where he teaches courses on intelligence and security to government officials.