Borderlands Under Stress

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As international political and economic relations have become increasingly complex, so have the pressures on international boundaries and the borderlands which surround them. Although there are still many examples of 'traditional' boundary problems associated with disputes between states concerning control over territory and maritime space, the papers in this volume demonstrate the vulnerability of borderlands to other forces, most notably illegal immigration and cross-border crime. This book aims to investigate the causes and implications of borderland stress.

The first section of the book explores changing concepts of sovereignty and their impact on the meaning and functions of international boundaries. The contributions in the second and third sections offer a combination of regional appraisals and individual case studies highlighting the range of problems affecting borderlands around the world, together with an assessment of some of the initiatives launched in response to those problems. While many of the conclusions drawn are rather sobering, it is clear that in some parts of the world new and imaginative approaches to territorial organisation and management are helping to create safer, more dynamic and more prosperous borderlands.

The papers in this volume represent the proceedings of the fifth international conference of the International Boundaries Research Unit, held at the University of Durham on 15-17 July 1998.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789041197900
  • Publisher: Kluwer Law International, BV
  • Publication date: 7/19/2000
  • Series: International Boundary Studies
  • Pages: 466
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Pt. I The Evolving Meaning and Function of International Boundaries
1 Borderlands Under Stress: Some Global Perspectives 1
2 Boundaries, Territory and Postmodernity: Towards Shared or Separate Spaces? 17
3 Is the Notion of Territorial Sovereignty Obsolete? 35
4 The End of the Nation-State? Borders in the Age of Globalisation 49
5 Corporate Nations: A New Sovereignty Emerges 69
6 Territorial Disputes and International Conflict: Empirical Findings and Theoretical Explanations 97
7 Crossing Borders: Immigration, Citizenship and the Challenge to Nationality 141
8 International Boundaries in the Twenty-First Century: Changing Roles and Depiction 163
9 International Boundary Classification: A Simplified Cartographic Approach 191
Pt. II Borderlands Under Stress: Regional Perspectives
10 Fragmentation or Integration: What Future for African Boundaries? 199
11 African Boundaries: New Order, Historic Tensions 211
12 Designing Boundaries for a Continent: The Geopolitics of an African Renaissance 227
13 Frontiers, Identity and Security in Europe: An Agenda for Research 251
14 Boundaries to Communication: Borders in the Baltic Sea Region 275
15 Territorial Claims in the North Caucasus 297
16 In Search of 'Normal Conditions': Reassessing the Functions of UNFICYP's Buffer Zone in Cyprus 323
17 The Israeli-Jordanian Peace Boundary 345
18 The Eastern Hills of India: An Emerging Frontier 365
19 After Amado Carrillo Fuentes: New Trends in the Drug War on the US Mexico Border 373
Pt. III Islands, Sovereignty and Maritime Jurisdiction
20 Is it Either Necessary or Possible to Clarify the Provision on Rocks in Article 121(3) of the Law of the Sea Convention? 389
21 Effect of the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands Dispute on Maritime Delimitation 409
22 The Spratly Dispute and Southeast Asian Security: Towards a Pluralist Regional Order? 421
Index 437
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