• Lecture: Straddling the Line - Brokerage, drugs & conflict in the Afghan borderlands

Lecture: Straddling the Line - Brokerage, drugs & conflict in the Afghan borderlands

09 December 2015

London

How can we understand the dynamics of change in borderland regions?  Are they best understood as ‘troublesome’ zones, that export insecurity, illegal commodities and migrants, or are they ‘lagging’ regions that have been ‘left behind’?  An alternative perspective is to view them as zones of opportunity, laboratories of rapid political and economic change, central to which are the dynamics of brokerage; traders, government officials, local communities, border guards, all simultaneously subvert and exploit the borderline.

These dynamics are explored in the Afghan-Tajik borderlands. Here protracted conflict and the growth of the drug economy have transformed the borderlands; far from being ‘marginal’, the borderlands have become central sites of accumulation and contested statebuilding.

 

Speaker: Professor Jonathan Goodhand 

Venue: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh St, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

Time: 6.30-9.00pm

Tickets: Free entry but spaces must be reserved in advance.

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