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Akdedian et al: State atrophy and the reconfiguration of borderlands in Syria and Iraq

Tags: papers, syria, iraq

  • Akdedian, Harout, and Harith Hasan. “State Atrophy and the Reconfiguration of Borderlands in Syria and Iraq: Post-2011 Dynamics.” Political Geography 80 (June 2020): 102178. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2020.102178.
  • As the state monopoly on violence is curtailed, a proliferation of insurgent groups arise
  • Borders are the centers of contest
  • It is the opportunity to reconfigure borders that givs rise to these conflicts
    • Bismarck, Europe and Africa: The Berlin Africa conference 1884-1885 and the onset of partition
  • Most issues commonly attributed to Sykes-Pikot are wrong, claims David Patel
    • Patel, David Siddhartha. “Repartitioning the Sykes-Picot Middle East? Debunking Three Myths,” n.d., 10.
    • Only south Iraq/Syria border and Jordanian/Iraq border remain Sykes Picot