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African Borders, Conflict, Regional and Continental Integration

1st Edition

Edited by Inocent Moyo, Christopher Changwe Nshimbi


228 pages

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This book looks at the ways African borders impact war and conflict, as well as the ways continental integration could contribute towards cooperation, peace and well-being in Africa.

African borders or borderlands can be a source of problems and opportunity. There is often a historical, geospatial and geopolitical architecture rooted in trajectories of war, conflict and instability, which could be transformed into those of peace, regional and continental integration and development. An example is the cross-border and regional response to the Boko Haram insurgency in West Africa. This book engages with cross-border forms of cooperation and opportunity in Africa. It considers initiatives and innovations which can be put in place or are already being employed on the ground, within the current regional and continental integration projects. Another important element is that of cross-border informality, which similarly provides a ready resource that, if properly harnessed and regulated, could unleash the development potential of African borders and borderlands.

Students and scholars within Geography, International Relations and Border Studies will find this book useful. It will also benefit civil society practitioners, policymakers and activists in the NGO sector interested in issues such as migration, social cohesion, citizenship and local development.

Table of Contents

1. Borders, War and Conflict in Africa: Revisiting the Narrative of a War-Torn Continent

Inocent Moyo and Christopher Changwe Nshimbi

2. African Borders and the Coloniality of Human Movement

Everisto Benyera

3. Trans-border Trajectories of Violence in the Afar Horn

Muauz Gidey Alemu

4. The Porosity of Borders and Counter-Insurgency in Nigeria

James Okolie-Osemene and Benjamin Adeniran Aluko

5. Border Fragility and Proximate Causes of the DRC Civil War

Nelson Alusala

6. Transnational and Ethnic Interest in Cross-Border Conflict in Africa: An Analysis of the Mano River and the Great Lakes Region

Jackson A. Aluede

7. Taking Sustainable Development to the Limits: State Policy--Grassroots Actor Activities Interface in Borderlands

Christopher Changwe Nshimbi

8. Cross Border Migration and Human Smuggling Between Zimbabwe and South Africa: Reflections on Migration and Regional Peace

Inocent Moyo

9. An Examination of the Sadc Regional Integration Posture in the Context of the Contested 2008 Election Run-Off in Zimbabwe

Patrick Dzimiri

10. Do Wars and Conflicts Hinder the Success of Regional Integration? Evidence from Africa

Ntogwa N. Bundala

11: Innovations For ‘Silencing the Guns’ and Redefining African Borders as Promoters of Peace, Well-Being, Regional and Continental Integration

Christopher Changwe Nshimbi and Inocent Moyo

About the Editors

Inocent Moyo is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Zululand, South Africa.

Christopher Changwe Nshimbi is Director and Department of Science and Technology-National Research Foundation (DST-NRF) Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn), Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa.

About the Series

Border Regions Series

Border Regions Series
In recent years, borders have taken on an immense significance. Throughout the world they have shifted, been constructed and dismantled, and become physical barriers between socio-political ideologies. They may separate societies with very different cultures, histories, national identities or economic power, or divide people of the same ethnic or cultural identity. As manifestations of some of the world's key political, economic, societal and cultural issues, borders and border regions have received much academic attention over the past decade. This valuable series publishes high quality research monographs and edited comparative volumes that deal with all aspects of border regions, both empirically and theoretically. It will appeal to scholars interested in border regions and geopolitical issues across the whole range of social sciences.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography