2020 ABORNE conference

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The annual meeting of the African Borderlands Research Network (ABORNE) will should have taken place in Paris from 7-8 September this year, has been cancelled. The objective of the meeting was to rethink the complicated relationships that bind trade and security in African borderlands. The conference is organized by the OECD Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC/OECD) and the University of Florida Sahel Research Group (SRG).

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

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