Accession Number : ADA565765


Title :   Borders and Borderlands in the Americas


Descriptive Note : Research rept.


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA CENTER ON CONTEMPORARY CONFLICT


Personal Author(s) : Trinkunas, Harold ; Jaskoski, Maiah ; Sotomayor, Arturo


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a565765.pdf


Report Date : Aug 2012


Pagination or Media Count : 23


Abstract : The sheer variation across the Americas in terms of cross-border flows of persons, goods, and data has created a highly complex set of challenges for states and non-state actors in this hemisphere. Globalization has accelerated and increased these flows across the Western Hemisphere's borders, within both licit and illicit networks. Traditional territorial security concerns declined in the Americas following the end of the Cold War, and NAFTA in North America and Mercosur in the Southern Cone have promoted free trade and accompanying economic development in border regions. At the same time, other concerns pertaining to security and the market have arisen, such as the shifting of routes for narcotics and human trafficking from the Andes, Central America, and the Caribbean in the 1980s into the United States and Mexico in the last decade. This dynamic has fostered substantial illicit networks and a dramatic escalation of violence in a number of borderlands in the hemisphere. Furthermore, issues of identity and ethnicity that were disregarded during much of the 19th and early 20th centuries now present challenges to states as national majorities, indigenous populations, and inhabitants of borderlands debate issues of citizenship, migration, and even the legitimacy of existing borders. This project has sought to understand how border policies affect, and are affected by, national and subnational actor preferences, including the interaction of border policies with international, domestic, and subnational politics. This project report underscores the extent to which we find important differences between the borders and borderlands in the Americas and those in other regions of the world. This has important implications for how we foster collaborative border policies going forward in the Western Hemisphere.


Descriptors :   *BORDER SECURITY , *CENTRAL AMERICA , *GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , *NORTH AMERICA , *POLICIES , *SOUTH AMERICA , *UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , BOUNDARIES , CONFLICT , DRUG SMUGGLING , ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT , GEOPOLITICS , HUMAN TRAFFICKING , ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS , INDIGENOUS POPULATION , INHABITANTS , INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , INTERNATIONAL TRADE , LAW ENFORCEMENT , MIGRATION , WORKSHOPS


Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law
      Civil Defense


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE