Governing the Borderlands: Transnational Security Interventions and their Impacts in Africa

The Project investigates how the diffusion of global security practices to manage cross-border threats in Africa occurs in practice, the mechanisms of this diffusion, and how these new and often experimental ways of governing cross-border threats reconfigure politics and state institutions in African settings. The project examines three case studies: interventions to govern the Ebola epidemic in the Mano River basin (Liberia – Côte d’Ivoire border); interventions implemented in the Mali- Niger-Burkina Faso borderland to reduce youth radicalization and involvement in armed Islamist groups; and interventions to counter drug trafficking at Mozambique’s maritime coast and the border with the Republic of South Africa.

Keywords  Security; Intervention; Africa; Borderlands; Drug Trafficking; Radicalization; Ebola