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Closed lanes at the Peace Arch border crossing between the U.S. and Canada, in Blaine, Wash. Closed lanes at the Peace Arch border crossing between the U.S. and Canada, in Blaine, Wash., May 7, 2020 (AP photo by Elaine Thompson).

Can an Open World Exist After COVID-19?

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Editor’s Note: Guest columnist Edward Alden is filling in for Kimberly Ann Elliott.

Along North America’s 49th parallel, where it meets the Pacific Ocean, a huge white stone arch stands on the border between the United States and Canada. Called the Peace Arch, it was built in 1921 to commemorate the resolution of boundary disputes that dated back to the War of 1812. Inside the arch, there is an iron gate attached to both walls, and an inscription that reads, “May these gates never be closed.” ...

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