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SAMANIEGO LOPEZ, Marco Antonio. The Cold War from the US-Mexico Border: Between Codependencies and Asymmetric Relationships, 1945-1975. Secuencia [online]. 2021, n.111, e1942.  Epub Nov 16, 2021. ISSN 2395-8464.

This paper addresses the issue of how the United States-Mexico border was constituted during the cold war. It shows how Latin America began, with the idea of raising the question of the simultaneity or differentiation of processes in the face of the condition created in the postwar period. It shows that its construction does not reflect the assumptions most widely publicized by the Mexican government, given that the need to coordinate led to agreements and negotiations that gave it functionality and a basis for the daily life of the inhabitants of both countries. Paradoxically, in that same area, the migratory processes of Mexican labor established a situation of exclusion and repression. Moreover, since the United States considered its southern border a possible means of access for communist agents, creating obstacles was part of its policies. At the same time, tax exemptions enabled the maquiladora industry to become the basis of the border economy, because of the expansion of highways, one of whose objectives was to permit the evacuation of major cities.

Keywords : cold war; Mexico-United States border; international basins; cooperation; conflict.

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