1. Context North Korea and South Korea Israel and Palestine Morocco and Spain The U.S. and Canada France, Switzerland, and Germany Southern Africa The Golden Triangle Economic development and trade across borders Energy wars The U.S.-Mexico hyperborder 2. Data on the hyperborder Communications Geography Population Education Economy Industry Energy Trade Tourism Urban development Government Transportation Sister cities Hispanic population in the U.S. Minority groups in the U.S. Border crossings and cross-border trade Definition of the U.S-Mexico border 3. Reactions to the hyperborder Post 9/11 legislation Heightened border security Pushing the border away from the United States Pushing the border away from Mexico Improving the border The role of the NGO The role of the anti-immigrant group The role of the press The role of the government The Role of the binational accord
4. A state of interdependence Sister cities The maquiladora industry and NAFTA U.S. dependency on undocumented labor The escape valve Remittances and transnationalism The Hispanic/Latino influence in the United States May 1, 2006, a day without an immigrant The Hispanic market Oil Tourism 5. Security The bordering nations' different approaches to the meaning of national security US-VISIT Mexico's national security programs Bilateral national security programs Security in the global arena Increasing security 6. Narcotraffic and corruption Corruption runs rampant in the organizations leading the war on drugs Transparency international's global corruption perception Counter-drug trade operations in both countries As drug cartels' power grows, so too does violence in border cities The demand for drugs in both countries The militarization of the war on drugs and zero tolerance laws Alternative drug policies
7. The informal sector The informal sector's impact on the economy Piracy Formalizing the informal economy 8. Migration and demographics Why are Mexicans migrating to the United States? Immigrants in the United States Undocumented immigration on the rise Consequences of migration for Mexico Border deaths increase as security and regulations tighten Mexican migration demographics are changing The increasing political influence of migrant organizations in the United States Aging societies 9. Education Circumstances of basic education in both countries Demographic changes in both countries' education systems Economic and cultural gaps related to education in the United States The border as test bed for binational research
10. Economic development and trade Neoliberalism's influence on economic policies in Mexico and U.S.-Mexico relations Trade across the U.S.-Mexico border is the driving force of the border economy Distributing wealth and developing new employment opportunities throughout Mexican society Increasing Mexico and North America's competitiveness Promoting competitiveness through fast and secure trade Economic growth must practice sustainable development 11. Transportation "Fuel-and-highways" transportation Securing energy sources, reducing pollution Synchronizing and securing cross-border traffic and trade Designing funding mechanisms to maintain and extend highway infrastructure Develop intermodal transport facilities
12. Energy The energy crisis is the greatest challenge facing humanity in the twenty-first century As China and India industrialize, worldwide competition for energy resources increases U.S. and Mexican economies depend on depleting fossil fuels Mexico's depleting oil reserves will severely impact government spending Uncertain energy security As the border population grows, so too does energy demand The demand for water will increase with the demand for energy Further environmental degradation and health issues developing from increased fossil-fuel burning The hyperborder's potential for developing alternative, renewable energy resources 13. Environment Loss of biodiversity threatens both countries Increasing water shortages The environmental effects of the border's closing Climate change The impact of NAFTA's lifting of trade barriers and Mexico's unsustainable dependence on the U.S. agricultural sector Emerging binational programs are tackling environmental problems
14. Health Health care and diseases are changing and globalizing Mexico and the United States share mutual health concerns New discoveries, treatments, and technologies show promise for preventing and treating disease Binational health initiatives and the border as a health tourism destination 15. Urbanization Migration has contributed to rapid population growth The inefficiency of horizontal cities How different cities have come to develop Not enough (affordable) housing being created Poverty prevalent in border cities Border cities lack infrastructure Attracting new talent to border communities Making binational housing plans Notes Glossary of terms.
Roving vigilantes, fear-mongering politicians, hysterical pundits, and the looming shadow of a 700-mile-long fence: the U.S.-Mexico border is one of the most complex and dynamic areas on the planet today--but too often its complexities are viewed through the myopic lens of illegal immigration, ignoring a multitude of other critical issues that include health, the environment, drug trafficking, free trade, and post-9/11 security. This book provides the most nuanced portrait yet of this dynamic region. Author Romero uses current economic, political, social, and environmental trends to project potential scenarios both positive and negative for the border at the midway mark of the 21st century. Nonpartisan in its politics and tackling issues from both U.S. and Mexican perspectives, this book is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand and find solutions for the many intertwined issues that define this complex region of the world, and others like it. --From publisher description.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 282-302) and index.