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Future borders in the Horn of Africa 
Biruk Terrefe (University of Oxford)
Michael Woldemariam (University of Maryland)
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Michael Woldemariam (University of Maryland)
Biruk Terrefe (University of Oxford)
Politics and International Relations (x) Violence and Conflict Resolution (y)
Philosophikum, S76
Friday 2 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

What are the 'future borders' in the Horn of Africa? Ranging from military occupation & irredentist wars to infrastructural appeasement & the redrawing of administrative boundaries, we explore the vast toolbox with which regional actors have planned futures within and beyond their nation-states.

Long Abstract:

The Horn of Africa has been a region riddled by multiple and interlinked crises in recent years ranging from political instability in Somalia and Sudan and violent war in Ethiopia to drought and food insecurity across the region. It is a region where state borders have been particularly volatile in the last three decades. Eritrea and South Sudan are some of the world's newest internationally recognised states. Somaliland, a de facto state, only requires international recognition and the Tigray region was embroiled in a brutal war that may or may not alter its relations to the center. The Horn of Africa remains a region of 'state formation and decay' (Clapham, 2017). In this panel, we explore the future borders of this region, focusing on the various mechanisms and practices through which state-builders have attempted to reconfigure ethnic, linguistic, religious, and political fault lines. By future borders we refer to the imagined visions and the material practices of redesigning existing political configurations. Ranging from military occupation, irredentist wars and the redrawing of administrative boundaries to sentiments of belonging and infrastructural appeasement, regional actors have developed a vast toolbox of planning futures within and beyond their nation-states. In the panel, we want to explore how real and imagined future borders both between and within states are articulated, negotiated, and fought over in the Horn of Africa.

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Session 1 Friday 2 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Friday 2 June, 2023, -