Conversations with History: Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley

Terrorism, Immigration and Security Since 911

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Conversations with History host Harry Kreisler welcomes Edward Alden of the Council of Foreign Relations for a discussion of his new book, "The Closing of the American Border." Alden, former Washington bureau chief of the Financial Times, discusses the Bush administration’s response to 911 and the consequences for America's commitment to open borders and leadership of globalization. Pitting "cops" led by Attorney General John Ashcroft against "technocrats" led by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, Alden explains the bureaucratic power struggle that ensued. He details how a policy of smart borders and risk management is sacrificed as the bitter debates about immigration policy take center stage.

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