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Foreign interventions and networks of violence in the Sahel

From 2019-2020, I will be coordinating the new research program on political insecurity of the OECD in collaboration with my colleagues Steve Radil and David Russell. In this new project, our first goal is to develop reliable data on the spatial patterns and social networks of violent extremist organizations in the Sahara-Sahel from the late … Continue reading Foreign interventions and networks of violence in the Sahel

AAG 2019 – Space and social networks

Call for papers: American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., 3-7 April, 2019 Session title: Space and social networks Organizers: Steven Radil, University of Idaho; Olivier Walther, University of Florida Session description: The spatial metaphor of the network along with its accompanying abstractions, such as flow, movement, and connectivity, have been central themes throughout … Continue reading AAG 2019 – Space and social networks

Why so many rebel groups in Syria?

In Syria, hundreds of factions operate under dozens of separate organizational command structures. Rather than coalescing into a unified rebel front, rebel groups continue to compete for power, thus failing to develop structures of governance and political authority that cut across factional divides, enclaves and provincial boundaries. Despite the fact that inter-rebel violence is a … Continue reading Why so many rebel groups in Syria?

Applying Social Network Analysis to terrorist financing

Illicit financial networks are, by their very nature, difficult to detect and, therefore, difficult to study. Much of the information on individuals and their activities is either classified or unknown. Nonetheless, tracking how terrorists raise, move, store and use money is fundamental to deter and discourage terrorist networks. In a new chapter published in the … Continue reading Applying Social Network Analysis to terrorist financing

Regional integration in Africa

More than 50 years have passed since the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was created in Addis Ababa on 25 May 1963. Yet, despite the many charters signed, the numerous meetings called, and the countless strategic frameworks drawn up on paper, regional integration has led to disappointing outcomes. In the newly published Routledge Handbook of … Continue reading Regional integration in Africa

Enduring divisions within border studies

In recent years, large-scale research programs, such as BIG or AFRIGOS, have been launched in different parts of the world to examine border conflicts, cross-border cooperation, regional trade, or transnational migration. We, border scholars, travel more, meet more people at exciting conferences, and submit more proposals. But when it comes to publishing, we still write alone. … Continue reading Enduring divisions within border studies