Welcome from President Martin van der Velde, PhD
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Association for Borderlands Studies. The ABS is providing a platform for the exchange of ideas on border related issues in the broadest sense and it encourages debates both amongst scholars as well as within society. As the ABS aims to become a truly global association, the first ABS-World conference in Joensuu and St. Petersburg in June will be a major event this year. Of course you are invited to join the association. Benefits include access to the Journal of Borderlands Studies and our online newsletter, La Frontera, and members are also encouraged to attend the annual ABS legacy conference held in conjunction with the Western Social Science Association. I look forward to seeing you next April at ABS 2015 in Portland!