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Fragile Borders in Africa: Is the State an Armed Group among Others When Governing the Border Economy?

Title
Fragile Borders in Africa: Is the State an Armed Group among Others When Governing the Border Economy?
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Thomas Cantens # Head of Research unit, World Customs Organization, associate lecturer at Auvergne University School of Economics
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Date and Time
13th Feb 2019 16:10 - 13th Feb 2019 17:30
Location
Seminar rooms 1 & 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD
URL
http://www.cas.ed.ac.uk/events/seminar_series/2018_2019/fragile_borders_in_africa_is_the_state_an_armed_group_among_others_when_governing_the_border_economy

The paper will present the research outcomes of 16 fieldwork conducted between 2016 and 2018 in fragile borderlands in Africa - borders where non State armed groups operate and try to implement a new governance. It will address practical and conceptual questions on the border as an economic resource for people, states and armed groups. The paper will discuss the strategies of armed groups regarding the governance of the border, the fiscal competition between them and the states apparatuses and it will propose a critical perspective on the current security and development nexus applied to crisis happening in borderlands. Finally, the paper will explore potential solutions, the role of technology, particularly the role of spatial analysis, as well as the way their uses may reinvent states security policies.

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