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Holding the Line

Borders in a Global World

The era of globalization has produced significant changes in the borderland issues of trade, security, economics, health, and even the environment. While borders may seem more permeable than they once were, can it really be said that we live in a "borderless world"? Holding the Line considers the changing roles of modern borders, contending that they not only remain relevant but also have become increasingly important as a site for negotiating the competing demands of globalization and national sovereignty.

448 pages

Table of Contents


Introduction / Heather Nicol and Ian Townsend-Gault

Part 1: The World Stage -- New Opportunities and Problems

1. Boundary Permeability in Perspective / Gerald Blake

2. Information Geopolitics: Blurring the Lines of Sovereignty / Thomas M. Edwards

3. Law, Sovereignty, and Transnationalism: Delivering Social Goods Using a Functional Approach to Borders / Robert Adamson

Part 2: Regionalism and Subregionalism in Europe

4. European Borders in Transition: The Internal and External Frontiers of the European Union / Eberhard Bort

5. Transnational Regionalism, Strategic Geopolitics, and European Integration: The Case of the Baltic Sea Region / James Wesley Scott

Part 3: Emerging Perspectives

6. Transfrontier Regionalism: The European Union Perspective on Postcolonial Africa, with Special Reference to Borgu / Anthony I. Asiwaju

7. Trans-Maritime Boundary Cooperation in Southeast Asia: Eroding or Enhancing the Importance of International Boundaries? / Clive Schofield

Part 4: Redefining Boundaries in the Americas

8. Neoliberal Caribbean Integration: The Role of the ACS in Restructuring Borderlines / Heather Nicol

9. Redefining the Nature and Functions of Boundaries: A South American Perspective / Roy Bradshaw

Part 5: A Borderless North America?

10. Transportation and Competitiveness in North America: The Cascadian and San Diego-Tijuana Border Regions / Theodore H. Cohn

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