The Closing of the American Border by Edward Alden
Terrorism, Immigration, and Security Since 9/11

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On September 10, 2001, the United States was the most open country in the world. But in the aftermath of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil, the U.S. government began to close its borders in an effort to fight terrorism. The Bush administration's goal was to build new lines of defense without stifling the flow of people and ideas from abroad that has helped build the world's most dynamic economy. Unfortunately, it didn't work out that way.

Based on extensive interviews with the administration officials who were charged with securing the border after 9/11, and with many innocent people whose lives have been upended by the new security regulations, The Closing of the American Border is a striking and compelling assessment of the dangers faced by a nation that cuts itself off from the rest of the world.

 

About Edward Alden

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Edward Alden is the Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the former Washington bureau chief for The Financial Times.
 
Published September 3, 2008 by HarperCollins e-books. 370 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Chapters on “The Cops” and “The Technocrats” look in turn at those charged with detaining terrorism suspects (“once arrested,” the author notes, “many of the detainees fell into a black hole”) and those attempting to construct an information-driven “border of the future.” An especially illuminati...

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Former Washington bureau chief of the Financial Times , Alden provides a thoughtful and balanced assessment of border security and immigration policies before and after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, demonstrating how more stringent security can damage the U.S. economy by discouragi...

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Unfortunately, it didn't work out that way.Based on extensive interviews with the administration officials who were charged with securing the border after 9/11, and with many innocent people whose lives have been upended by the new security regulations, The Closing of the American Borde...

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An enfeebled US will find all of its goals – including national security – harder to achieve.

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