Accession Number : AD1027601

Title :   Beyond Sister City Agreements: Exploring the Challenges of Full International Interoperability

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States

Personal Author(s) : Shanks,Calvin D

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Report Date : 01 Mar 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 123

Abstract : Communities on the international border are often interconnected by more than simple proximity. They are connected through social networks, economy, culture, and shared natural resources. Despite this interdependent relationship, and in spite of international agreements that support mutual aid between countries, crossing the border with emergency resources, even for a humanitarian purpose, can be problematic. This thesis examined existing agreements on both the northern and southern U.S. borders to determine how various regions address their cross-border agreements. Research indicated that unique challengessuch as liability concerns, local politics, and border violencealong the Mexican border must be addressed. By examining the fuller context, this thesis recommends that local entities examine their specific challenges to establishing fully interoperable agreements. Local interoperability agreements just might move us beyond sister city agreements and put us on the path toward functional international partnerships.

Descriptors :   environmental protection , department of homeland security , national security , international relations , national politics , personnel management , public policy , international organizations , international trade , emergencies , globalization , law enforcement , border security , Interoperability , cooperation , agreements

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE