Useful Links



African Borderland Research Network – ABORNE is an interdisciplinary network of researchers interested in all aspects of international borders and trans-boundary phenomena in Africa.

Afrique Frontières, West African Borders and Integration – WABI is an initiative promoting cross-border cooperation in West Africa as an important driver of regional integration, development and peace.

Belgian Association of Africanists – Focusing on the African continent, BAA explores political, economic and theoretical aspects of borders and bordering.


Center for Regional and Transboundary Studies (CRTS) – Volgograd State University, Russia. Focuses research into social, political, ethno-cultural and other transboundary problems of the post-Soviet states and into regional issues of international relations within the same area (mainly of South-Western Russia and Central Asia).


Assembly of European Regions – The AER’s vocation is: to promote regional democracy and subsidiarity; to enhance the political role of the regions of Europe; to support the regions in the process of European enlargement and globalisation; and, to develop interregional cooperation at the service of citizens.

Association of European Border Regions – The AEBR is acting for the benefit of all European border and cross-border regions. One of their main aims is to exchange know-how and information in order to formulate and co-ordinate common interests on the basis of the various cross-border problems and opportunities, and to offer adequate solutions.

Border Poetics Project – University of Tromso, Norway. This project sets out to develop theoretical and practical strategies for examining the function of narrative and symbolic forms of representation in the intersection between territorial borders and aesthetic works.

Central European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives, CESCI – The Central European Service for Cross-border Initiatives (CESCI) is a Budapest based think-tank of cross-border issues. It was established in 2009 following the model of the French Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière (MOT). CESCI provides professional support to the stakeholders involved in territorial cooperation in Hungary and in Central Europe. By involving experts from neighbouring countries our association aims at strengthening the need and raising the spirit of cooperation and in this way facilitating mutual understanding and tolerance between the nations of the Danube region. CESCI is an open association the members of which are local and regional municipalities, natural persons and professional bodies.

Centre for Cross Border Studies – Armagh, Ireland. The Centre for Crossborder Studies researches and develops cooperation across the Irish border in education, training, health, business, public administration, communications, agriculture and the environment, and acts as secretariat for a number of cross-border educational organizations.

Committee of the Regions – The CoR is the political assembly that provides local and regional authorities with a voice at the heart of the European Union.

Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe – The CPMR brings together more than 150 regions. They work together to ensure that EU institutions and national governments take account of their common interests, and cooperate on practical projects in order to enhance their assets.

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe – The Congress is an institution of the Council of Europe It offers an ideal forum for dialogue where representatives of local and regional authorities discuss common problems, compare notes about their experiences and then put their points of view to the national governments.

Council of Europe – The COE seeks to develop throughout Europe common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human Rights and other reference texts on the protection of individuals.

Council of European Municipalities and Regions – The CEMR is the largest organisation of local and regional government in Europe. It works to promote a united Europe that is based on local and regional self government and democracy.

Eurocities – Provides a platform for its member cities to share knowledge and ideas, to exchange experiences, to analyse common problems and develop innovative solutions, through a wide range of Forums, Working Groups, Projects, activities and events. Committed to working towards a common vision of a sustainable future in which all citizens can enjoy a good quality of life.

The European Borders Group – University of Surrey, UK. The European Borders Group exists to investigate the impact of boundaries, in various senses: as much of political and economic action as of culture/identity; as much figurative as literal; as much points of contact as points of differentiation or conflict.

European Commission – The EC was created to represent the European interest common to all Member States of the Union. So that it can play its role as guardian of the Treaties and defender of the general interest, the Commission has been given a right of initiative in the legislative process, proposing the legislation on which the European Parliament and the Council decide. The Commission is also responsible for implementing common policies; it administers the budget and manages the Union’s programmes.

European Convention – The European Convention completed its work on 10 July 2003, by submitting a draft treaty establishing a constitution for Europe. Its site, the contents of which are dated 31 July 2003, will remain open for consultation.

European Economic and Social Committee – The EESC is a bridge between Europe and organised civil society, bridging the gap between ‘Europe’ and the ‘Europeans’ and thus acting as a lever for progress.

European Parliament – The EP is the Community institution that represents the peoples of the Member States of the European Union. It is the only directly-elected body of the EU. It plays an active role in drafting legislation which has an impact on the daily lives of its citizens, and also has joint power with the Council over the annual budget of the European Union.

European Union – The EU is a unique economic and political partnership between 27 democratic European countries. Its aim is peace, prosperity and freedom for its 495 million citizens – in a fairer, safer world. Its four main roles are to propose legislation to Parliament and the Council, to administer and implement Community policies, to enforce Community law (jointly with the Court of Justice) and to negotiate international agreements, mainly those relating to trade and cooperation.

Nijmegen Centre for Border Research – Radboud University, Netherlands. The NCBR focuses on border-related themes of globalisation, transnationalism and Europeanisation. The Centre is also actively involved in encouraging the academic exploration of borders in the broadest sense through the co-editorship of Henk van Houtum and Martin van der Velde of the Journal of Borderlands Studies (JBS).

Peipsi Center for Transboundary Cooperation – Tartu, Estonia. The Peipsi CTC is an international non-profit institute, which works to promote balanced development of border areas, especially in Lake Peipsi/Chudskoe region.

Latin America

Latin American Network Information Centre (LANIC) – University of Texas at Austin. LANIC’s mission is to facilitate access to Internet-based information to, from, or on Latin America. While many of their resources are designed to facilitate research and academic endeavors, the site has also become an important gateway to Latin America for primary and secondary school teachers and students, private and public sector professionals, and just about anyone looking for information about this important region.

Mexico-United States

Andanzas al Web Latino – Internet resources by/for Latino/Hispanic communities in the US, with emphasis on the US-Mexico Border region.

BIOS: Border Information and Outreach Service – Directory of nonprofit organizations, government agencies, activist groups, and websites organized by topic.

Border Ecoweb/Ecoweb Fronteriza – Information from a variety of US and Mexican government and NGO sources; hosted by San Diego State University.

Borderlands Encyclopedia – University of Texas at El Paso. A digital educational resource on contemporary United States-Mexico border issues.

Borderlands Environmental Archive – A global journal of practical ecotourism with a focus on environmental issues linked to borderlands.

Borderlands Information Center – Texas Natural Resources Information System. Provides geographic data within 100 kilometers of each side of the Texas/Mexico border for the public and private sectors.

Border PACT – Border Partners in Action, an arm of CONAHEC, is a network of US and Mexican higher education institutions dedicated to building human capacity through education and training. Border PACT’s mission is to increase higher education institutions’ involvement as agents of change in the borderlands communities where they are located.

Border Studies – An interactive exhibit presenting the history and culture of the lands and nations bordering the United States from the 15th Century to the present day. Created by the Texas Humanities Resource Center, it explores the histories and cultures of people dwelling in the lands along America’s borders.

Border Studies: A Site Devoted to Literature and Culture in the Americas – This site is dedicated to the exploration and utilization of resources on the world wide web related to the emerging field of Border Studies. It is devoted to literature and culture in the Americas including a wide-ranging bibliography of books and essays related to border studies.

Cinco Puntos Press – El Paso, Texas. Publishes books for children and adults from the US/Mexico border, Mexico, and the American Southwest.

El Colegio de la Frontera Norte – COLEF – major academic center for the study of Mexico-US border phenomenon, with several campuses in northern Mexico.

El Diario – Daily paper concerning major border area, Ciudad – Juárez – Chihuahua.

Frontera NorteSur – FNS provides online news coverage of the US-Mexico border.

Fronteridades: Border Cultures & Performance Working Group – University of Arizona. This is a collaborative workshop that convenes faculty, staff, students, and community partners in and around the University of Arizona who are interested in sharing ideas, research, teaching, cultural productions, and social activism centered in the humanities about and from the US-Mexico border.

Information Resources for US-Mexico Migration Issues – New Mexico State University Library. Provides a list of selected online resources for research and current awareness of US-Mexico migration issues.

La Herencia – The magazine dedicated to the Hispanic Community of New Mexico and the Southwest.

LaNeta – LaNeta is a civil society organization created in 1991 as an electronic communication service for non-governmental organizations, other non-profit organizations, and agencies that are linked to their work. They are a member of The Association for Progressive Communications, which is a global network of civil society organizations whose mission is to empower and support organizations, social movements, and individuals in and through the use of information and communication technologies.

Mexican Migration Project – Online results of joint research between the Universities of Guadalajara and Pennsylvania on Mexican migration to the US. Contains data files for download, oral histories, photographs and retablos on the subject of migration.

TransBorder Institute – University of San Diego. The TBI was created with two main objectives: to promote border-related scholarship, activities and community at the University of San Diego, and to promote an active role for the University in the cross-border community. The site contains numerous border links by topic.

US-Mexico Border Environment Program – The Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, is a neutral, respected observer and commentator on border environmental policy. Their program involves research and outreach on policy related to transboundary water management, the role of public participation related to post-NAFTA environmental institutions and issues of border wide significance.

US-Mexico Border 2012 Program – A collaboration between the United States and Mexico to improve the environment and protect the health of the nearly 12 million people living along the border. This bi-national program focuses on cleaning the air, providing safe drinking water, reducing the risk of exposure to hazardous waste, and ensuring emergency preparedness along the US-Mexico border.

Mexico Gateways

Mexico Reference Information – Latin American Network Information Center – Mexico pages specifically. Extensive access to Internet-based information about Mexico.

Mexico Channel – The best source of information on Mexico.

Mexican Newspapers Online – A database by the University of Texas at San Antonio Library that provides links to all the major Mexican newspapers organized by state.

Mexico News Sources – University of San Diego, TBI. Provides links to all the major Mexican news sources.

Mexico Web – A Mexico-based search engine.

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