Law Enforcement Challenges and “Smart Borders”

This chapter describes how, the context of U.S.-Mexico relations, particularly with regard to law enforcement and security issues, has been transformed over the years by dramatic events. On the one hand, major changes in Mexico’s political landscape have shifted the context for several key policy issues that are related to the rule of law and national security. On the other hand, the new post 9/11 security climate in the United States has fundamentally reshaped U.S. priorities with regard to law enforcement and security issues about the U.S.-Mexico border. While concerns about long-standing challenges such as migration, narco-trafficking, arms trafficking, and other transborder crimes have not abated, they have been superseded by new concerns related to international terrorism. The new law enforcement structures and agreements that have been devised to address post-9/11 border challenges may ultimately expand the scope of bilateral relations between the United States and Mexico. The chapter explores how the post-9/11 context has impacted U.S. and Mexican law enforcement and security relations, and how new policy directions may offer a framework for developing mutually beneficial practices and approaches to shared challenges. Drawing on insights from the San Diego-Tijuana region, this chapter evaluates recent developments in U.S. Mexican border security and also evaluates the prospects for improved binational collaboration.

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    Praeger Security International

    88 Post Road West
    Westport, CT  United States  06881
  • Authors:
    • Shirk, David A
  • Publication Date: 2006


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 178-201
  • Monograph Title: Homeland Security Protecting America’s Targets. Volume 1 Borders and Points of Entry
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 1

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01050132
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0275987698
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 24 2007 1:51PM