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Respacing For Peace, Security And Sustainable Development: The African Union Border Programme In European Comparative Historical Perspective

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This chapter focuses on the African Union Border Programme (AUBP) in context of a comparison with the European historical experience. It focuses on a brief discussion of the conceptual challenges posed by issues of comparison with special reference to the question of comparability between Europe and Africa in the matter of State territories and boundaries. The chapter provides a sketch of the history of the border factor in the European regional integration process. It discusses critique of the history in Africa with special reference to border policy-making and policy implementation in the era of the defunct Organisation of African Unity (OAU) from 1963–2002. The chapter presents, on the on-going African Union (AU) phase, is a more detailed description of the recently launched Border Programme. It concludes with a critical reflection on the Euro-African historical comparison and the logic for linkages and networkings of organized research and training programmes and institutions.

Keywords: African Union (AU); African Union Border Programme (AUBP); European regional integration; Organisation of African Unity (OAU)



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