The prediction that processes of globalization would inexorably lead to the diminished significance of international borders now seems decidedly misplaced. In fact, the most profound issues of our times are framed by the stubborn persistence of international borders in some places and their reconfiguration in others. Some of the issues relate to the positioning of the borders, while others concern the movement of people (e.g. migrants and refugees) and commodities (e.g. narcotics and pirated goods) through them. The process of global rebordering has been so rapid in the past five years that, inevitably, academic analysis is struggling to catch up.