Type: Working Paper
Erosion and resilience of the Iraqi-Syrian border
Working Paper, EUI RSCAS, 2015/61, BORDERLANDS
HARLING, Peter, SIMON, Alex, Erosion and resilience of the Iraqi-Syrian border, EUI RSCAS, 2015/61, BORDERLANDS - http://hdl.handle.net/1814/37015
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Syria and Iraq’s accelerating fragmentation has prompted feverish speculation about the erasure of the modern Middle East’s Western-imposed borders. Such notions are not altogether divorced from reality: Syria and Iraq today are scarcely recognizable as nation-states, and their once rigid border has become increasingly porous while falling entirely from governmental control. Yet this erosion must not be mistaken for dissolution. The post-Ottoman border continues to serve an array of material and symbolic functions, and as such will remain of paramount relevance, as a resilient object of contention, for the foreseeable future. By grappling with this paradoxical state of mutation and durability—and by tracing its roots back into the late twentieth century—we can draw broader insights into the seismic changes roiling the Middle East, where brittle, centralizing power structures are increasingly giving way to a more grassroots and fluid political landscape with which Western actors have yet to come to terms.
Cadmus permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/1814/37015
Series/Number: EUI RSCAS; 2015/61; BORDERLANDS
Grant number: FP7/263277/EU
Sponsorship and Funder information:
Funded by the European Research Council (ERC) within the 7th Framework Programme, the BORDERLANDS project is hosted at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, and directed by Professor Raffaella A. Del Sarto.