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Africa's international borders as potential sources of conflict and future threats to peace and security

Author: Francis Nguendi Ikome
Organisation: Institute for Security Studies
Publish Date: 2012
Country: Africa
Sector: Continent
Method: Anticipating
Theme: Crime
Tags: African borders, Demarcation, National conflicts, Trans-boundary disputes, Security situations, criminal activities

Africa’s borders are very porous because of a lack of proper demarcation and delimitation. This has been identified as the principal reason for the ease with which governance-related national conflicts in individual states have spilled over to entire regions, as has been the case in the Great Lakes region, West Africa and the Horn of Africa. Significantly, many intra-state conflicts in Africa have been sparked by the forceful fusion of incompatible national groups into one state by the imposition of artificial boundaries by colonial powers.
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