Peacebuilding in the borderlands
But borderlands are not marginal to peacebuilding and statebuilding processes and can provide opportunities for peaceful change.
Nepal’s post-war transition has involved protracted negotiations over the relationship between the capital Kathmandu and the peripheries of the state. This chapter focuses on the life histories of two ‘borderland brokers’ In the Tarai region – a 500-mile strip of land bordering India. It explores the ways in which such figures can mediate relations between different groups, spaces and interests and how their motivations and networks affect post-war transition processes. Read more.
An exploration of Tunisia’s southern borderlands with Libya reveals a story of continued political marginalisation, securitisation and economic underdevelopment, highlighting the uneven effect of the country’s democratic transition in relation to its interior and border regions. The chapter analyses the impact of changes in border governance on borderland populations, and discusses how bottom-up approaches to strengthening governance can empower historically excluded communities. Read more.