Fronteras: gobernanza, sensibilidad y vulnerabilidad

Translated title of the contribution: Borders: governance, sensitivity and vulnerability

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Borders are no easy matter for any state. After all, they mark the limit (in the simplest sense of maximum extension) of its objective or spatial sovereignty. They also mark points of forced coexistence with neighbours that are not always easy, and are therefore natural arenas of conflict and dispute. It would seem that if states are particularly jealous anywhere in their territory, it is precisely at their borders. Paradoxically, borders are often characterised by a diffuse exercise of sovereignty, a perfect example of the not uncommon process whereby the intensity of state power is gradually diluted as one moves away from the "centre" and into the "periphery". It was once thought that the world of the 21st century would be a world without borders. This prediction has been challenged in many ways over the last fifteen years. Not only have borders not disappeared, but they have acquired a renewed relevance.

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Translated title of the contributionBorders: governance, sensitivity and vulnerability
Original languageSpanish
Title of host publicationFronteras en Colombia como zonas estratégicas: análisis y perspectivas
EditorsGilberto Andrés Molano
PublisherInstituto de Ciencia Política Hernán Echavarría Olózaga
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)978-958-58076-4-8
StatePublished - 2016


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