The annual meeting of the African Borderlands Research Network (ABORNE) will take place in Paris from 7-8 September this year. The objective of the meeting is to rethink the complicated relationships that bind trade and security in African borderlands.
The conference, which I have the pleasure to chair, is organized by the OECD Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC/OECD) and the University of Florida Sahel Research Group (SRG). The call is available here and here.
Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:
– Historical and spatial changes in cross-border trade networks
– Regional trade facilitation initiatives
– Transport corridors, infrastructure and mobility in border regions
– Food systems transformations and expansion of food value chains across borders
– Impact of political insecurity on border cities and markets
– Borders, safe havens and violent extremist groups
– Transnational political violence and Jihadism
– Military strategies to control transnational flows
– Technologies to securitise borders
– Migration policies and border regions
– Trafficking and borders