The U.S.-Mexico border is best understood not as a demarcation line but as a borderland where the cultures and societal norms of each country coexist. This land currently is clearly controlled by the United States, though historically it has changed ownership multiple times. The evolution in this borderland area will be one of the defining characteristics of the U.S.-Mexico relationship for decades to come.
By nature, borderlands are a source of conflict between nations, though there are periods of dormancy and peace.
The land in question helps protect the U.S.’ strategic interests.
U.S. ownership of the area has lasted so long because it has been the uncontested power in the region.
The demographics in Texas illustrate what the borderland looks like today.
The U.S.-Mexico border is one of five major geopolitical fault lines in the world today. By fault line we mean an area with permanent underlying tensions that periodically erupt in c