In a world with tremendous growth of goods and people flowing across borders, little attention has been paid to the communities through which these goods and people pass and in which people live. Caught in the Middle provides a fascinating look into the inner workings and realities of border communities along five international bordersUnited States-Canada, United States-Mexico, Germany-Poland, Russia-China, and Russia-Kazakhstan. The volume focuses on innovative cross-border initiatives that contribute unique insights into the daily lives and local perspectives of border communities. Also, it presents a better understanding of the border management issues faced by countries worldwide, as well as of the nature of relationships between federal and local governments, community leaders, government officials, and local communities. By shedding light on existing best practices and providing comparative analyses of the challenges and opportunities faced by communities, Caught in the Middle provides valuable lessons for policy makers, governments, and researchers alike.
"This astutely conceived work addresses itself to a refreshingly precise subject: What are the appropriate functions of borders between states in the age of globalization? Drawing from case studies that reveal the wide range of situations encountered in the world at large, Papademetriou and Meyers elaborate guidelines for an approach to border management that will effectively promote North American integration. " --Aristide R. Zolberg, New School University "Papademetriou and Meyers give us an excellent analysis of the issues of governance, cross-border initiative and cooperation, international migration, and the tension that is inherent in the interplay of national and local policy perspectives... and an imaginative vision of a new NAFTA border regime that would enable the United States, Canada, and Mexico to realize the full potential of their regional economic integration initiative. " --Peter Karl Kresl, Bucknell University "Caught in the Middle is of outstanding importance to anyone who is interested in feasible alternatives to defensive and at times inefficient border controls. " --Dilek Cinar, European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Austria "These comparative border studies skillfully highlight some of the key emergent political issues of the twenty-first century. " --Steven Vertovec, Transnational Communities Programme, University of Oxford