Our New Books

"Cross-border Co-operation and Policy Networks in West Africa"

Join us for the launch of “Cross-border Co-operation and Policy Networks in West Africa” at the 2017 European Conference on African Studies (ECAS), 30 June, Basel.

Published by the OECD Sahel & West Africa Club (SWAC) Secretariat, this book examines how policy actors involved in cross-border co-operation contribute to the regional integration process in West Africa. It uses a pioneering methodology, known as social network analysis, to visualise the formal and informal relationships between actors involved in cross-border policy networks, showing that borders have notable and diverse impacts on exchanges of information and the relative power of networks. The report analyses a range of regional indicators of co-operation potential, visually demonstrating that borders can also affect the ability of sub-regions within West Africa to develop cross-border initiatives. Combining these two analyses with the perceptions of regional policy makers as to which border areas they consider as priorities for regional integration, the publication concludes with the analytical foundations for more effective place-based policies that can enhance cross-border co-operation in West Africa.

Panel participants: Laurent Bossard and Marie Trémolières (SWAC/OECD), Daniel Bach (Sciences Po Bordeaux), Mohamadou Abdoul (GIZ), Leena Hoffmann (CILSS), Bruce Byiers (ECDPM) and Olivier Walther (University of Southern Denmark).

Organisers: Marie Trémolières, SWAC/OECD and Olivier Walther, University of Southern Denmark.

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"Neighbourhood Perceptions of the Ukraine Crisis: From the Soviet Union into Eurasia?"

 The Centre for Border Region Studies at SDU would like to invite you to the launch of Katarzyna Stoklosa and Gerhard Besier’s new book “Neighbourhood Perceptions of the Ukraine Crisis: From the Soviet Union into Eurasia?” published by Routledge. The book launch will take place on Wednesday, March 1 from 4 PM - 6 PM at the Centre for Border Region Studies at the University of Southern Denmark in Sønderborg, room M304.

Discussing different perceptions of the Ukrainian-Russian war in neighboring countries, this book offers an analysis of the conflicts and issues connected with the shifting of the border regions of Russia and Ukraine to show how ’material’ and ’psychological’ borders are never completely stable ideas. The contributors – historians, sociologists, anthropologists and political scientists from across Europe – use an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to explore the different national and transnational perceptions of a possible future role for Russia.

The program can be downloaded here. More information is available on our Facebook account.

Update: The book will also be launched at UC Berkeley on 11 April, 2017 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. (223 Moses Hall).

More information is available here.

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