Hyper-Border: The Contemporary U.S.-Mexico Border and Its Future Fernando Romero
          Review by Mario Cipresso

        • There appears to be an increasing number of publications documenting, assessing and projecting the future of not only the U.S.-Mexico border but of the various contentious border relationships throughout the world. Of the few that I've had the opportunity to peruse, this publication does perhaps the most thoroughly impressive job of defining and dissecting the vast number of issues that pervade not only U.S.-Mexico's tenuous relationship but intelligently draws connections to other regions. This book begins with a brief survey and comparison of border situations between such countries as North Korea and South Korea, Israel and Palestinian Territories, Morocco and Spain, U.S. and Canada and Myanmar, Laos and Thailand among others.

          If you're not already well-informed on the U.S.-Mexico situation, this book will bring you up to speed quickly with accessible text and well-executed diagrams. Romero immediately makes the scale of the problem obvious: 14 border cities as residence to over 12 million people strung along the longest border (700+ miles) between a developing nation and a superpower. He delves into the complex issues plaguing the border such as crime, corruption, free trade, urbanization, migration, scarcity of resources and environmental destruction.

          Beyond looking at the past and current situation, Romero looks forward and discusses both U.S. and Mexican policies that are beginning to shape the future of the border. From guest worker and anti-migration programs to economic development and transportation strategies, it's all insightfully analyzed. A fascinating and eye-opening read that is a must for anyone even remotely interested in the political, cultural and socio-economic factors shaping our relationship with Mexico and ultimately, the rest of the world.

        06.17.08 Nice review Mario. / dub
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