A brief and useful guide to the changing characteristics of the extended region where the southwestern part of the United States and the northern states of Mexico intersect and produce dynamic tensions-"a tug-of-war of various contradictions." During the last forty years the border region has experienced a major transformation, involving the improved exploitation of water resources and the growth of mechanized agricultural industry; these trends spawn problems as well as solutions for both countries. Competing visions of how Mexico and the United States should relate to each other are likely to be sharply tested at the frontier.
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