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African Border Disorders : Addressing Transnational Extremist Organizations (Hardcover)
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The Sahel and Sahara region in Africa has recently become a cross-border battleground for terrorist groups - operating along pre-existing social and financial networks across the region - seeking to impose Islamic law, rebels seeking independence, and former colonial powers struggling to restore the territorial integrity of states.
Thisbook addresses a gap in the literature by developing a mixed-methods approach to transnational extremist organizations that can simultaneously take into account their social networks, political motivations, and spatial patterns. By analysing the embeddedness of extremist organizations in space, the book highlights how spatial practices affect social ties and lead transnational terrorist groups to cooperate or be in conflict with other armed groups or government forces. Bringing scholars from political science, geography, network science and border studies together, it presents finding that have implications for governments and international organizations involved in conflict prevention and early intervention in the region.
This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of African politics and studies, security, peace and conflict and border studies, geography, as well as governments and international organizations involved in conflict prevention in the region